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Panama transgender community worried over virus gender rules

Panama - Panama has implemented gender-based social distancing regulations to help tackle the coronavirus crisis, but the move has raised "dread" among members of the transgender community.

Panama to restrict movement by gender during virus quarantine

Panama - The government of Panama on Monday announced strict quarantine measures that separate citizens by gender in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Greece's first woman president vows to defend borders, rights, warns on virus

Athens - Greece's first woman president began her term on Friday with a pledge to protect the country's borders and defend human rights, whilst warning Greeks to follow health rules as the country grapples with over 100 coronavirus cases.

Russian LGBT activist faces porn trial for vagina drawings

Moscow - Yulia Tsvetkova posted delicate drawings and embroidered images of vulvas on a social media page called "Vagina Monologues" that she hoped would help lift the taboo on women's bodies.

US Soccer president resigns amid gender equity dispute

New York - US Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro resigned on Thursday as the federation was slammed by superstar Megan Rapinoe for "blatant sexism" in its latest response to a gender discrimination lawsuit by the US women's team.

US Soccer boss apologizes after Coca-Cola rips 'offensive' claims

Los Angeles - Coca-Cola slammed US Soccer after the federation claimed in court documents that playing for the men's national team carries more responsibility and requires a higher level of skill than that demanded of women players.

Canada introduces bill to ban gay 'conversion therapy'

Ottawa - The Canadian government on Monday announced a bill to ban so-called "conversion therapy," which tries to change the sexual orientation of young LGBT people.

China virus fight sparks outcry over female frontline staff

Bejing - China's fight against the coronavirus epidemic has triggered anger over the neglect of frontline female workers who have struggled to access menstrual products, battled with ill-fitting equipment and had their heads shaved.

Peace, but not at our cost: Afghan women fear Taliban return

Kabul - As US troops prepare to leave Afghanistan, opening the door for a potential Taliban comeback, women across the war-torn country are nervous about losing their hard-won freedoms in the pursuit of peace.

Breaking news and barriers: South Korea's first female anchor

Seoul - Under gleamingly bright studio lights, Lee So-jeong reads straight from a teleprompter, rehearsing her lines ahead of the primetime newscast for South Korea's national public broadcaster, KBS.

Same-sex couple to waltz into Vienna's history books

Vienna - When Sophie Grau and Iris Klopfer take to the floor as two of the debutants at Vienna's prestigious Opera Ball on Thursday, they will be dancing their way into history.

S. Korea's #MeToo initiator slams top court

Seoul - The woman who started South Korea's #MeToo movement on Friday slammed the nation's highest court for quashing her abuser's conviction last month, saying the ruling effectively silenced whistleblowers and victims of sexual violence.

Greece elects first woman president for 'new era'

Athens - Greece's parliament on Wednesday elected the first woman president in the country's history, a senior judge with no party-political allegiance.

First woman enters Japan's submarine academy

Apo - The first female student was admitted to Japan's national naval submarine academy Wednesday after the end of a ban on women on the country's submarines.

Greece elects first woman president

Athens - Greece's parliament on Wednesday elected the first woman president in the country's history, a senior judge with an expertise in environmental and constitutional law.

South Korean transgender soldier pleads to stay in army

Seoul - A transgender South Korean soldier who enlisted as a man and underwent a sex change last year pleaded tearfully to be allowed to stay in uniform Wednesday after the military decided to discharge her.

Parliament to elect Greece's first woman president

Athens - A trailblazing judge with particular expertise in environmental law and the constitution will become Greece's first female president on Wednesday.

Japan minister becomes first to announce paternity leave

Apo - Japan's environment minister said Wednesday he would take two weeks of paternity leave, the first time a cabinet minister has publicly committed to such a move in the country.

Guilty verdict overturned in S. Korea #MeToo case

Seoul - A former prosecutor who was tried following groping allegations that fuelled South Korea's #MeToo movement walked free on Thursday after his conviction was quashed by the country's top court.

Q&A: Industry-first research on AI gender bias Special

Cogito has undertaken research on gender bias in artificial intelligence, specifically as it relates to speech emotion recognition. This shows how machine learning can unintentionally encode and amplify negative bias and stereotypes.

Sexist slurs mar Taiwan presidential elections

Taipei - Taiwan has forged a reputation as Asia's most progressive democracy and it boasts a higher proportion of women in parliament than anywhere else in the region -- yet misogynistic insults have littered its presidential race.

Russian ex-TV host spearheads 'mission' against domestic violence

Moscow - Defying abuse from "haters" and opposition from political allies, a Russian former chat show host turned MP is leading an uphill struggle to create a law tackling domestic violence.

Gender workplace equality 257 years away: WEF

Geneva - Women may have to wait more than two centuries for equality at work, according to a report on Tuesday showing gender inequality growing in workplaces worldwide despite increasing demands for equal treatment.

Japan govt ordered to pay damages over transgender toilet ban

Apo - A Tokyo court on Thursday ordered the Japanese government to pay compensation to a transgender official who was refused use of the women's bathroom at work."The Tokyo district court ordered the accused to pay 1.

Til death do I stay single: South Korea's #NoMarriage women

Seoul - "I'm a straight woman who is no longer interested in having relationships with men."Bonnie Lee doesn't care about finding a boyfriend or a fairytale wedding, and will decide her own happily-ever-after.And she is not alone.

Japanese magazine ridiculed for 'Socrates' dating advice

Apo - A Japanese magazine that advised women to compliment men on their intelligence by saying "You sound like Socrates" has been ridiculed in the country ranked one of the world's worst for gender parity.

No industry for women: Bollywood #MeToo accused back at work

Mumbai - A year after Bollywood followed Hollywood by naming male predators accused of sexual harassment, many women say they have suffered while alleged perpetrators are back in the limelight.

S. Korean regulators in constant search for porn

Seoul - In a drab government office in Seoul, a team of broadcast regulators spend their days watching online porn -- the front line troops of South Korea's attempts to crack down on spycam videos that mostly expose women.

Body of missing Salvadoran trans activist found

Sansalvador - The body of a Salvadoran trans activist missing since Tuesday has been found in the northeast of the country, authorities confirmed.

Vienna orchestra celebrates 50th birthday with new woman chief

Vienna - When Vienna's ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra marks its 50th anniversary with a special concert on Wednesday, it will be under the baton of its new chief conductor who, for the first time in Austria, is a woman.
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