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Pakistan: Exploit Trans People, Collect More Taxes?

The New York Times reported last week on the ghastly inefficient taxation system in Pakistan, where less than two percent of the population pays income tax – least especially the wealthiest. Pakistan has the lowest rate of tax collection in the world.


Gender and Media Misrepresentation in the Global South

FRIDAY FILE: In the struggle for gender equality, the media should be a powerful ally. Unfortunately it strongly reinforces the status quo, particularly in the Global South.


Turkey, the head scarf & secularism

Some Turks fear a drift toward theocracy. Others believe Turkey is mature enough to permit some freedom of religious expression.


Malaysia: Two in five of first wives in polygamous marriages forced to find extra income

BANGI, July 15 — A study on polygamy, which is allowed only for Muslims here, showed that 44 per cent of first wives are forced to find extra work after their husbands take on a second wife.


Celebrity sex-tapes case a test for Indonesia's anti-pornography law

Indonesia has recently been in the thrall of its first celebrity sex-tape scandal. The now-notorious sex tapes allegedly show pop singer Nazril "Ariel" Ilham engaged in sex acts with actresses Luna Maya and Cut Tari (in separate tapes).


Uncertain Role for Female Shariah Judges in Malaysia

Women’s groups have applauded the recent appointment of two female judges to Islamic courts in Malaysia, but its significance is not yet clear: The new judges will have to wait a month before finding out whether they will be prevented from hearing certain cases.


Sex workers abused by Cambodian officials - HRW

PHNOM PENH, 20 July 2010 (IRIN) - Sex workers in Cambodia face rape, arbitrary arrest, extortion and other abuses at the hands of the authorities, according to a 20 July Human Rights Watch (HRW) report.


BBC Interview: African Christianity and women's rights

Pentecostalism & Charismatic Christianity is one of the fastest-growing areas of global Christianity, and nowhere quicker than on the continent of Africa. Churches preach a message of hope of wealth, miracles and positive change.


India - Cash Payment Incentive for Hospital Births Helps Reduce Maternal Mortality

BRAMHA DASPUR, INDIA -- Urmila Rawat gave birth to her first two children in her thatched-roof home, as Indian village women have always done. Now eight months pregnant, Rawat assumed she would deliver her third baby at home as well.


Closing the Technology Gender Gap

While everyone is amazed at the quick proliferation of mobile phones in the developing world, here's a startling statistic from the Technology Salon which should check our unbridled enthusiasm for m-everything: 73% of women in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia do not have a mobile phone.



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