Global Quickies: Diploma Mills, High Heels, and Iron Fish
“The Cannes Film Festival is facing an angry backlash after it was accused of turning away women from a red-carpet screening for not wearing high heels.” This includes film producer Valeria Richter, who has part of her left foot amputated, being stopped for not wearing high heels.
“Egyptian security forces are using sexual violence against detainees on a massive scale, according to the International Federation for Human Rights.”
Two judges reduced a convicted child abuser’s sentence almost by half, ruling his six-year-old ‘was gay’ and had already been traumatized by sexual abuse from his father.
A 19 year-old singer competing on a Turkish television singing show was shot in the head on Monday by an attacker who fired through a window from outside her house. She had told producers that some relatives had told her they would kill her if she joined the competition.
“A woman in India is hoping her response outing a man who sent her a lewd message on Facebook will inspire others to speak up against harassment.”
“Pakistani investigators on Tuesday raided the offices of Axact, a software firm in Karachi that has come under scrutiny for running a global diploma mill that made tens of millions of dollars through a network of fake online schools.”
The Spanish government doesn’t consider the murder of a prostitute by her client as gender-based violence because there’s not a sentimental bond between them.
“In what’s believed to be the first ever gay matrimonial advertisement in India, a mother has placed an advert in a Mumbai-based newspaper seeking a husband for her son. Padma Iyer’s notice seeks a “well-placed, vegetarian, animal-loving groom” for her son Harish, a gay rights activist.”
Seeing that anemia was a huge health problem in Cambodia, a Canadian scientist came up with a great idea to increase the iron content of food: put a metal fish in the cooking pot. If the iron fish is used every day in the correct way, it should provide 75% of an adult’s daily recommended intake of iron.
“In Saudi Arabia, you need a man: Female engineers on a Spanish-led subway project in Riyadh reveal what life is like for them”
“The Boko Haram crisis in northern Nigeria could fuel child marriage as parents pull their daughters out of school following mass abductions by the militants”
“Aruna Ramchandra Shanbaug, a former nurse who spent over four decades in a vegetative state after being raped at a Mumbai hospital in 1973, died Monday morning after a heart attack following a bout of pneumonia. She was 68.” “In March 2011, Shanbaug became the face of the debate on euthanasia in India after the country’s Supreme Court rejected a petition filed by the writer Pinki Virani that sought permission for a ‘mercy killing’.”
“Former Grand Slam tennis star Bob Hewitt has been jailed for six years by a South African court for raping underage girls.”
Featured image: Lucky Iron Fish