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Dying young in Pakistan, where babies face the highest risk

Islamabad: In the neonatal intensive care department of an Islamabad hospital, scrawny infants struggle for survival — victims of a vacuum in resources and education in the country with the highest newborn mortality rate in the world. “In Pakistan, a baby dies every second minute,” says Haider Shirazi, head of the neonatal department at the…

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Saudi women to start own business without male permission

RIYADH: Women in Saudi Arabia can now open their own businesses without the consent of a husband or male relative, as the kingdom pushes to expand a fast-growing private sector. The policy change, announced by the Saudi government on Thursday, also marks a major step away from the strict guardianship system that has ruled the…

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UN report depicts sorry state in terms of gender equality

NEWS DESK: A report of the United Nations (UN) on the state of women and gender equality in Pakistan has yet again depicted the sorry state of affairs. According to the report, men and women are not treated equally in the country, reported Samaa TV, adding that at least 12% Pakistani women (4.9 million) aged…

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Vision 2025 a guiding light for development in Pakistan, says NCSW chairperson

ISLAMABAD: Chairperson of National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) in Pakistan Khawar Mumtaz has said Vision 2025 is a “guiding light for development” in Pakistan. Talking to APP here on Tuesday, she said that women contribute 400 billion rupees a year to the national exchequer but that is not highlighted appropriately and still…

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Pakistani actor Sanam Saeed slams ban on PadMan

NEWS DESK: Akshay Kumar’s Padman, which has got a green signal from as many as 50 countries, won’t be releasing in Pakistan. An exhibitor from Pakistan says that the film has been denied a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) due to its subject. Another industry source told the Indian website that Padman was initially bought by Amjad Rashid…

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Watch: Aurat March is coming to Karachi this Women’s Day!

By Minerwa Tahir KARACHI: Women in Karachi are planning to organize a Women’s March in honor of International Women’s Day, which falls on March 8. According to the organizers, this is a walk that is being organized to celebrate International Women’s Day and they are calling upon women of all classes to join them. Watch…

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40,000 women died of breast cancer in Pakistan in 2017

MULTAN: Known Cancer specialist Dr Quratulain has said that 40,000 women died of breast cancer in the country during 2017. Talking to APP here on Saturday, Dr Quratulain said that about 90,000 cases of breast cancer were reported during the same year. She said that Pakistan was in list of the countries, wherein the rate…

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NCSW expresses concern over reported cases of gender-based violence

ISLAMABAD: National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) has expressed serious concern over the increasing number of reported cases of gender based violence in the country urging effective implementation strategies under existing laws to ensure secure environment for general public. Various cases reported from different parts of country during last few days is not…

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500 women-only pink rickshaws to hit Bengaluru roads

BENGALURU: Come April, women in Bengaluru will be able to hail pink autorickshaws, reserved for their use, reported Times of India. To be distributed under the welfare schemes of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, the autos will come equipped with CCTV cameras and GPS trackers and will hit the roads by the end of March. “We…

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Heavy periods may soon be a thing of the past: study

NEWS DESK: Women who suffer from heavy periods can attest how terrible it feels when their time of the month comes around. Thankfully, heavy periods may soon be a thing of the past thanks to a pioneering new study into the causes of heavy menstrual bleeding, reported The Independent. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh,…

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Grammys: Kesha causes tears with emotional ‘Praying’

NEW YORK: Pop singer Kesha delivered a powerful statement on behalf of women’s equality at the Grammys on Sunday as she led a fierce performance of “Praying,” her own account of abuse, with A-list back-up from a chorus of stars. Her face intense and her voice building in ferocity, Kesha brought the crowd at Madison…

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Women’s Action Forum reminds CJP of Article 25 of the Constitution

NEWS DESK: In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Women’s Action Forum (WAF) Karachi chapter reminded the Chief Justice of Pakistan of Article 25 of the Constitution of Pakistan. “It is shameful that WAF Karachi has to quote for our highest judiciary Article 25 of the Constitution of Pakistan that ensures non-discriminatory spaces and equal…

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Women Lawyers Association condemns CJP’s “skirt” remarks

NEWS DESK: Women Lawyers Association condemned Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar’s remarks comparing the length of a speech to the length of a woman’s skirt. According to a statement issued by the association on Monday, it is “disappointing to hear the highest judicial authority in our country using women’s bodies to illustrate a…

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In Pennsylvania, women who voted for Trump voice support after first year

NEWS DESK: The first year of Donald Trump’s unorthodox presidency may have been a dizzying ride, but Belinda Miller has never regretted voting for him in 2016, reported Reuters. “My 401(k) and my 403 have soared, and if anybody doesn’t realize that, they’ve been asleep for a year,” said Miller, a 50-year-old emergency room nurse…

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As Trump begins second year, women stage nationwide protests

WASHINGTON: Hundreds of thousands of women and their male supporters turned out on Saturday for the second Women’s March, a nationwide series of protests against U.S. President Donald Trump marking the end of his tumultuous first year in office, reported Reuters. The coordinated rallies in Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and about 250 other…

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Scaling new heights: Nepal’s woman becomes mountain guide

KATHMANDU: When Dawa Yangzum Sherpa first set her sights on being a mountain guide, she was told it was no job for a girl. Now she has proved her doubters wrong, becoming Nepal’s first woman to earn a prestigious international qualification. Last month, the 27-year-old completed a rigorous course run by the Swiss-based International Federation…

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Women break Asian teenage girl’s arm in racist attack in London

NEWS DESK: Police are hunting for two women who broke a teenage girl’s arm in a racist attack in London, reported The Independent. The 15-year-old victim, of Asian appearance, was eating with friends in a branch of KFC in Waltham Forest when the pair threw food at her. When the girl turned around to speak…

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First women-only car showroom opens in Saudi Arabia

A Saudi private company on Thursday opened the first car showroom for women only just five months before a decision allowing females to drive takes effect. The showroom was opened in a shopping mall in the western Red Sea port city of Jeddah to allow women the freedom to choose their own cars before they…

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List of serial Killers as a Russian kills 59 women

PARIS: A former Russian policeman convicted of killing 22 women went on trial on Wednesday for 59 more murders in a case that could make him Russia’s most prolific serial killer in recent history. If Mikhail Popkov is found guilty, he will join the list of the world’s most notorious serial killers over the past…

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Women who work nights face higher cancer risk: study

NEWS DESK: Women who regularly work the night shift in Europe and North America may face a 19 percent higher risk of cancer than those who work during the day, said a study Monday, reported AFP. These heightened risks were not apparent among female night-shift workers in Australia and Asia, said the meta-analysis in the…

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Women three times more likely to die than men after heart attack: Study

ISLAMABAD: Fewer women who suffer a heart attack would die if they were given the same treatments as men, a new study found. Researchers analysed the outcomes of 180,368 Swedish patients who suffered a heart attack over a 10-year period. They found women were three times more likely to die than men in the year…

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