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Global Quickies: Dead Threats From Monks, Abortion Access, and Rights of Pregnant Girls

FRANCE
“A French mayor has been suspended from his party after calling for the country to ban Islam.”

BOLIVIA
“Bolivian President Evo Morales on Tuesday said he was sorry for telling his health minister he did not “want to think you’re a lesbian,” when the official talked to another woman while the leader was giving a speech.”

MOZAMBIQUE
“The daughter of Nelson Mandela’s widow, Graça Machel, has revealed that she was a victim of domestic abuse that left her blind in one eye.”

CANADA
“The federal health minister says the new Trudeau government will look for ways to equalize access to abortion services, which are “patchy” in Canada. “

MYANMAR
“Female activists in Myanmar, also known as Burma, say they’re receiving death threats from extremist Buddhist monks with the Ma Ba Tha, the nationalist group that controls much of the country. The activists are attempting to teach fellow Burmese women about sexual health, an effort that’s turning them into enemies of the state.”

SENEGAL
“Senegal plans to ban women from wearing the full-face Islamic veil in public in an attempt to curb jihadi activity, the interior minister has said.”

SOUTH AFRICA
“A total of 20,833 school-going girls fell pregnant in South Africa in the 2013-14 year, according to official statistics. A staggering 717 of them were at primary school.” “The Equal Education Law Centre (EELC) has acted on behalf of learners facing threats of suspension or expulsion, and others being refused a catch up plan for missed contact time with teachers. Some attend schools that refuse to allow a learner to return to school for at least a year after her baby has been born.”

COSTA RICA (From Courtney)
“Gerardo Cruz, the young Costa Rican man who became a national hero for his stance against street harassment of women, died of a heart attack at Calderón Guardia hospital, Costa Rican media reported Thursday evening.”

SAUDI ARABIA
“A Palestinian poet and leading member of Saudi Arabia’s nascent contemporary art scene has been sentenced to death for renouncing Islam.”

Featured image: Gerardo Cruz, the young man who was stabbed shortly after exposing a perpetrator of street harassment toward a woman in San José, died at Calderón Guardia Hospital in Costa Rica on Thursday, Nov. 19.

Daniela

Daniela

Born and raised in Mexico City, Daniela has finally decided to abdicate her post as an armchair skeptic and start doing some skeptical activism. She is currently living in Spain after having lived in the US, Brazil and Italy. You can also find her blogging in Spanish at esceptica.org.

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