Tag - womens-issues



A demonstration in front of a Nagoya court in 2020 before the appeal trial for a father accused of sexually assaulting his 19-year-old daughter. Sexual violence remains a widespread problem in Japan and one affecting many young victims.
Apr 10, 2024
Landmark sexual violence survey reveals shocking data
Sexual violence remains a huge problem in Japan. Despite recent legal reforms, much more needs to be done to prevent crimes and protect victims.
Protesters take part in a small rally led by Women's March Tucson after Arizona's Supreme Court revived a law dating to 1864 that bans abortion in virtually all instances, in Tucson, Arizona, on Monday.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 10, 2024
Arizona's top court revives 19th century abortion ban
States were given the go-ahead to adopt such bans after the conservative-majority U.S. Supreme Court overturned its landmark Roe v. Wade ruling.
Players from Australia and New Zealand in the final of the Netball World Cup in Liverpool, England, in July 2019
Apr 9, 2024
World Netball bans transgender players from women's internationals
The organization says it will review the policy on an annual basis.
A U.N. conference on Afghanistan in Geneva in September 2021. In December last year, the U.N. decided to appoint a special envoy for Afghanistan, but the role hasn't been filled yet.
Apr 3, 2024
Could a new U.N. envoy move the needle on Afghanistan?
If the Taliban refuse to dialogue with other Afghans, the U.N. should empower those outside of the group. The appointment of a special envoy could help.
Police officers conduct a special inspection of Shinjuku Ward's Kabukicho in Tokyo in December.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Apr 4, 2024
Japan's police crack down on host clubs
More than 200 administrative penalties have been issued against such establishments nationwide for various violations, National Police Agency says.
Apr 4, 2024
NZ pro women's basketball league doubles players' pay
The commercial success of league's first two seasons has allowed it to increase payments.
Recent research suggests that within developed countries, the old positive relationship between status and fertility is re-emerging.
Apr 3, 2024
The wealthy are starting to have more babies than the poor again
After a century during which higher income and status meant fewer children, the current trend is potentially a momentous change.
Plaintiffs in a suit against the government over a law that requires married spouses to have the same surname arrive at the Tokyo District Court in Tokyo on March 8.
JAPAN / Society
Apr 1, 2024
By 2531, everyone in Japan could have the surname 'Sato'
The forecast is based on the premise that the current practice of requiring married couples to share the same surname continues.
The Justice Ministry in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Apr 1, 2024
Japan puts new legitimacy presumption rules into effect
The new Civil Code will allow mothers and children to be able to file for a denial of legitimacy.
French swimmer Caroline Jouisse (left) has had her training sessions analyzed daily, with the data then examined in relation to her menstrual cycles.
Apr 1, 2024
How period tracking could boost performance of female Olympians
France's National Institute of Sport launched a program in 2020 to track and learn from the menstrual cycles of athletes.
As of December 2022, the village of Zamami, Okinawa Prefecture, had in its stockpile six of the nine items listed in a survey as necessary for women and 10 of the 11 items listed as necessary for babies and infants, doing much better than other municipalities in the prefecture.
JAPAN / Society / Regional Voices: Okinawa
Apr 1, 2024
Municipalities push gender-inclusive disaster risk management
Some areas in Okinawa involve more women in decision-making and make an effort at stockpiling relevant items.
Demand for infertility treatment is high in Japan, where the number of live births fell for eight straight years to another record low last year.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Mar 30, 2024
Fertility startups in Japan step in as treatment demand soars
In Japan, shortages of treatment options plague patients as the country grapples with one of the world’s lowest birthrates.
Among those who experienced physical abuse from their spouses or partners, 12.6% said they felt that their lives were in danger, according to the government survey conducted late last year.
JAPAN / Society
Mar 27, 2024
Record 1 in 5 in Japan report partner abuse, government survey shows
Among married couples, the rate is even higher at 1 in 4.
Demonstrators on Tuesday in Washington, where the U.S. Supreme Court signaled it's likely to preserve full access to a widely used abortion pill as the justices heard arguments in a case carrying major stakes for reproductive rights and potentially this year's elections.
WORLD / Society
Mar 27, 2024
Judges' mention of 1873 obscenity law opens new front in U.S. war on abortion
Those opposed to the womens' health procedure cite the law as a reason to roll back a 2021 FDA decision allowing an abortion drug to be sent by mail.
Wakana Nukui has been described as having a knack for storytelling and vividly sharing her vision with those around her.
Mar 24, 2024
A social entrepreneur who is determined to lift Cambodian women's status
Wakana Nukui has fostered new talent in design while opening shops dedicated to local products.
“Blue Imagine” centers on a young actor (Mayu Yamaguchi) who finds support at a communal living space after she is sexually assaulted by a well-known director while participating in his actors’ workshop.
Mar 23, 2024
'Blue Imagine' gives voice to victims of sexual abuse in the film industry
Urara Matsubayashi's debut feature finds the beauty in women coming together in solidarity to publicly speak out against abusers.
Afghan schoolgirls in 2022. Boys and men will return to classes when the Afghan new year starts in late March, but girls and women will be left behind again by a Taliban government education blockade that is part of a raft of restrictions the United Nations has labelled "gender apartheid."
WORLD / Society
Mar 21, 2024
Afghan girls and women cling to glitchy, lonesome online learning
Schools in Afghanistan have opened for the new academic year, but girls have been banned from joining classes for the third year in a row.
A woman wearing a breastfeeding shirt in the city of Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, in February
JAPAN / Society
Mar 20, 2024
Breastfeeding shirt keeps mothers safe in evacuation centers
The design not only provides convenience but, at first glance, also looks as if the mother is simply holding the baby.
Women attend a protest in 2018 against the rape of three girls, an 8-year-old, an 11-year-old and a teenager, in different parts of India. The country experiences alarming rates of sexual violence against women.
Mar 15, 2024
Why is India failing to protect its women?
India is plagued by sexual violence, with many horrific cases in the spotlight over the years. Despite reforms, cultural norms are hindering progress.
Boxes of clothes at an evacuation center in Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Saturday. Disasters have highlighted issues regarding the inadequate supply of essentials for women and children as well as the necessity for privacy in evacuation centers.
Mar 13, 2024
Gender gap persists in Japan's disaster response
Many local governments' disaster response frameworks still do not incorporate the perspectives of women.


The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan