A new UN study attempts to quantify the prevalence of gang rape and other forms of violence against women in Asia - by talking with the men themselves. It reveals some startling statistics. Half of the 10,000 men surveyed in six Asia Pacific countries admitted they had abused their partners, and one in four had committed rape.
The study also showed alarming levels of gang rape, with some of the highest levels found in Cambodia. Of the men surveyed there, more than 5% said they’d taken part in a gang rape - higher than the 2% typically seen in most of the other sites surveyed.
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Today’s Tumble: Sexual Assaults in Tahrir Square
On July 3 Human Rights Watch reported that during the protests last week in Cairo more than 90 women endured mob sexual assaults, harassment or rape. These reports contribute to over 170 counts of sexual mob crime reported in the last week, according to The Guardian.
The Guardian has also compiled a HarassMap that visualizes the reported attacks against women.
The World reported on widespread sexual violence against women in Cairo’s Tahrir Square back in January, with a report about a new women-led organization intended to combat the attacks.
In that interview, member of the volunteer-only Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment Salma el-Tarzi said,
"We believe that a very big part of these assaults are organized. Sexual assault has always been a tactic used by the system to intimidate women and to punish women who take part in protests or in manifestations."
A new BBC documentary follows up on the case of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban.
Reporter Nel Hedayat traveled to Pakistan to find out what has happened since Malala was shot.
Domestic abuse is not unusual in many countries, including Afghanistan and Iran. Far less common is a brother willing to defy local authorities and relatives to speak out on behalf of his abused sister.
Anchor Marco Werman talks with 24-year-old Ali Shahidy in Kabul. Shahidy describes how his decision to take a public stand against his sister’s abuser led him to reevaluate the position of women in society. http://ow.ly/jXFUt
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Maria Toorpakai posed as a boy in order to be allowed to play squash in her native Pakistan. Here how she ended up leaving her country, and training in Canada with squash great Jonathon Power: http://ow.ly/jgcFP
Have you ever felt boxed in by gender roles? What did you do about it?
“Girl Rising” is a new film by director Richard Robbins that tells the stories of nine such girls throughout the world. http://ow.ly/iWyLY
For a 12-year-old, Sarita Meena leads a busy life. She works hard, plays hard, and she helps her mother at home. When she grows up, she wants to be a teacher. See what a typical day in Sarita’s life looks like.
These photos were taken by Sarita Meena with a camera loaned to her by reporter Rhitu Chatterjee. She takes you on a walk through her home, village and introduces you to the people and animals in her life.
Listen to Chatterjee’s report, “India’s Shifting Gender Roles: One Girl’s Tale”: http://ow.ly/iAH4Q