Gender and Politics in the media

World: Shift Work Linked To Fertility Problems. Greece Waging Horrifying War on Transgender Women. Woman behind ‘no-vote-no-sex’.

Shoura urged to enhance rights of divorced women Arab News Dr. Eissa Al-Ghaith, a member of the Shoura Council, Arab investment court judge and professor of comparative jurisprudence, called for creating a law to “codify divorce” so as to prevent husbands from abusing women’s rights. He said a time period should be allowed to document divorce contracts and that those who delay documentation should be fined.
He told Al-Iqtisadiyah that women suffer due to delayed divorce documentation. Many husbands hide their divorce to manipulate the law and evade alimony, so it is important to complete the documentation process within a defined time period. In fact, divorce documentation should be placed on equal footing to registering births and documenting marriages and those who fail to document their divorce should be fined, he said.
“Codifying divorce, which will be suggested to the Shoura Council, stresses the importance of direct documentation; the wife should be notified and given a copy of the divorce document. What is happening now makes it easy to manipulate the issue, yet Islam does not condone such conduct,” Al-Ghaith said.

Shift Work Linked To Fertility Problems In New Study Huffington Post …According to research presented at the annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in London this week, women who work irregular shifts are more likely to experience reduced fertility and greater menstrual disruption. Women who work nights specifically may have an increased risk of miscarriage.

“Anybody who works shifts has changes to their biological functioning, and it could be any one of a number of things that has an impact on [women’s] ability to reproduce,” Dr. Linden Stocker, a researcher with the University of Southampton in the U.K., told The Huffington Post.

Egypt’s women watch protests from sidelines amid … Nashwa Youssef and her husband Sherif have been following every twist and turn amid the turmoil in the wake of the ouster of Egypt’s democratically elected president.

“The anxiety is too much to bear. All I do is watch the news and surf social media for the latest updates,” said 30-year-old Youssef, an English teacher who lives just six miles from Tahrir Square, the symbolic heart of Egypt’s demonstrations. “My husband has gone down to Tahrir every day since the protests started.”

But while they share their passion for politics at home, the couple did not do so on the streets. “My husband completely refused to let me go with him,” said Youssef, who supported the military’s removal of President Mohammed Morsi. “He was worried that violence would break out unexpectedly, or the risk of sexual harassment.”

Sexual violence in Egypt: ‘The target is a woman’ The Guardian The really harrowing data is offered by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, who say that 99.3% of Egyptian women have suffered some form of sexual harassment. Women are advised to travel in groups, to carry …

Greece is Waging a Horrifying War on Transgender Women (blog) …Members of the European Parliament have issued strong statements against Greek police who, based on witness testimony and strong evidence, have been carrying out systematic arrests against trans women and detaining them without cause.

The first reported instance of this reportedly dates to August of 2012 when, without justification, police in Athens arrested and detained 25 transgender women in just one night. Those women were forced to submit to HIV tests under a new provision that allows forced HIV screenings as a matter of public health — more on that later. Those women were later released without charge.

The woman behind Zimbabwe’s no-vote-no-sex campaign Radio Netherlands As Zimbabwe’s voter registration closed yesterday, one can’t help but wonder if the country’s recent sex boycott also come to a happy ending. Our correspondent caught up with the woman behind the no-vote-no-sex campaign, MDC minister Priscilla Misihairabwi Mushonga. …

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