Taliban Orders All Female TV Presenters to Cover Faces on Air

Fourth EstateTaliban’s Ministry of Propagation of Virtue and Prohibition of Vice has ordered female TV presenters to wear cover their faces.

The Taliban has ordered all female Afghan TV presenters to cover their faces while on air. The order came from the Taliban’s Virtue and Vice Ministry, tasked with enforcing the group’s rulings, and the Information and Culture Ministry, according to …

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Japanese University Ordered to Pay Damages to 13 Women Over Gender Discrimination

Fourth EstateJuntendo University, Japan

A Japanese court on May 19 ordered a Tokyo medical school to pay about ¥8.05 million ($62,500) in damages to 13 women for discriminating against them in entrance exams. The Tokyo District Court ruled that the women suffered emotional distress …

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UN Expresses Concern Over Taliban’s Compulsory Burqa For Afghan Women

Marius ArnesenAfghan women wearing burkhas on the street in Herat, Afghanistan - Marius Arnesen

The United Nations has expressed its deep concerns over the Taliban’s new order for the Afghan women to compulsory cover their faces in public and should only leave their homes in case of necessity. The United Nations Assistance Mission in …

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Harvard Acknowledged Slavery in its History

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Harvard University acknowledged that nearly 100 people were enslaved by the university after its foundation in 1636 in a 130-page report released on Tuesday. The report focused on Harvard University’s involvement in slavery and, after slavery was abolished, the university’s …

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Anti-Semitic Incidents in U.S. Surged to All-Time High in 2021, Report Finds

Anti-Semitic incidents in the United States reached an all-time high in 2021, according to an annual report released by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on April 26. ADL, a Jewish civil rights organization, recorded 2,717 incidents of assault, harassment, and vandalism …

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Pakistan Court Sentences Six To Death Over Lynching of Sri Lankan Man

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A court in Pakistan sentenced six defendants to death and dozens of others to jail terms for their involvement in the lynching of a Sri Lankan citizen. The court also handed out life sentence to at least seven others, while …

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WHO Criticizes Greater Focus in Ukraine Compared to Ethiopia

James DowsonWHO Director General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus - Un Climate Change

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Director-General criticized the international community’s greater focus on the conflict in Ukraine and claimed that crises in other countries, including his own, Ethiopia, are not being given equal attention because the people impacted are not …

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Disney Heir Publicly Comes Out as Transgender, Criticizes Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Law

An heir to the Disney fortune publicly came out as transgender recently and said they should have done more to speak out against Florida’s controversial “Don’t Say Gay” law. Roy Disney, the great-nephew of Walt Disney and the co-founder of …

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Minority Rights Group International Investigates Alleged DRC Park Ranger Atrocities

Tim FrecciaVirunga Park Rangers - Tim Freccia/Flickr

Minority Rights Group International accused park rangers funded by Germany and the United States of murder and rape of indigenous community members residing in the DRC national park. According to a new investigation by Minority Rights Group International (MRG), internationally …

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Said ‘Biological Males’ Should Not Compete in Women’s Sport

United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that “biological males should not be competing in female sporting events” on April 6 amid fallout from excluding trans people in banning conversion therapy. “Maybe that’s a controversial thing, but it just seems …

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