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COMMENT: Why silence on #MeToo in Pakistan and India?

KARACHI: Visit any mainstream Western media website and you will find at least one story on sexual harassment on a daily basis. The same is not true of Pakistani or Indian mainstream media websites. Why is that so? Is harassment not happening in our countries? Or some other factor(s) are at play? Last year, we…

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‘Feminism’ is US dictionary ‘Word of the Year’

NEW YORK: In the year that Donald Trump’s inauguration triggered nationwide women’s protests and powerful men were toppled by a firestorm of sexual misconduct allegations, the leading US dictionary named “feminism” its word of 2017. Merriam-Webster bestows the “Word of the Year” honor on the word or term with the sharpest spike in look-ups over…

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Uber can no longer operate in London

LONDON: London’s transport regulator on Friday stripped Uber of its license to operate from the end of the month, affecting over 40,000 drivers in a huge blow to the taxi app, reported Reuters. “Uber’s approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety…

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Labour Party MP critical of left-wing sexism received ‘600 rape and death threats in a single day’

NEWS DESK: A Labour MP has called for increased support and training for women in public life after revealing she received 600 rape threats in a single day last year, reported The Independent. Speaking to The Independent, Jess Phillips, MP for Birmingham Yardley since 2015, said there was nothing in common with those threatening her…

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After serious allegations, Imran Khan vows to emerge ‘stronger’

NEWS DESK: MNA Ayesha Gulalai leveled scathing allegations against PTI chief Imran Khan on Tuesday. She accused him of sexual harassment in text messages, termed PTI an ‘anti-women’ party and blamed K-P CM for corruption. She even challenged Imran Khan to make public his exchange of text messages with Gulalai on his Blackberry phone. The…

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Analysis: Why the allegations made by Ayesha Gulalai need to be probed

By Minerwa Tahir MNA Ayesha Gulalai quit PTI on Tuesday, leveling serious allegations against party chief Imran Khan. She spoke about inappropriate texting on part of the PTI chief and said the party was anti-women. As is customary in our society, character assassinating vitriol – that activists and supporters of almost all mainstream political parties…

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Imran Khan’s first inappropriate text message was sent in October 2013

According to Ayesha Gulalai, the first inappropriate text message that Imran Khan sent was in 2013. She went on to say that he sent inappropriate messages to many PTI women. Watch here:

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Why a female-centric film doesn’t open to the same box office numbers as a male-centric film: Anushka Sharma

NEWS DESK: Anushka Sharma has always been straightforward and vocal about her thoughts and opinions. Two years back, in an interview, she had voiced her opinion about the prevalent sexism in Bollywood, reported Pinkvilla. “Girls are just expected to be good-looking,” she had said. “Look nice and just be interesting enough for a guy to…

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Australian foreign minister calls out Trump for comments on first lady’s appearance

SYDNEY: Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop criticized on Sunday comments by US President Donald Trump on French first lady Brigitte Macron’s appearance, reported Reuters. “You’re in such good shape,” Trump was filmed on Thursday telling her during his first state visit to France. “I wonder if she could say the same of him?” Bishop told…

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You’re in such good shape, Trump tells first lady of France

NEWS DESK: US President Donald Trump has a thing for sexist remarks and objectification of women. This time, his target was the first lady of France, Mrs Brigitte Macron. According to The New York Times, shortly after President Trump arrived in France on Friday for an official visit, he took a moment to tell the…

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‘Single lady not allowed’, Indian hotel told woman. Her story is viral

As an artist, Nupur Saraswat has been travelling around India for her shows. However, when the 22-year-old NRI from Singapore arrived at her hotel in Hyderabad on Saturday morning, she was told that single women travellers are not allowed to stay there. “So, I am standing outside a hotel in Hyderabad which didn’t let me…

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Putin says he never takes a day off as president because he’s a man

It seems like the competition between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin about who can be more sexist has gotten fierce. In an interview with filmmaker Oliver Stone, Putin felt the need to mention that he never takes a day off as president because he’s a man. “I am not a woman,…

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Gayle says victim of ‘double standards’ in sexism row

LONDON: West Indies star Chris Gayle said he was the victim of “double standards” after sparking a sexism row with comments he made to a female television reporter in Australia. Gayle, 36, came under fire for asking Australian broadcaster Mel McLaughlin out on a date in a live television interview during a Big Bash Twenty20…

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Cash, sexism and violence keep women out of Kenyan politics

NAIROBI: Violence, a deeply chauvinistic society and a lack of cash are locking women out of elected office in Kenya, east Africa's leading economy but a laggard when it comes to female representation.The country's new constitution guarantees women a third of seats in parliament, but two and a half years since its adoption, Kenya's male-dominated…

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