Global Quickies: Anti-Harassment Whistles, Fatwa Against Stealing WiFi, and Erdogan Against Contraception

“A woman has been burned to death in Pakistan for refusing a marriage proposal from a man twice her age in the country’s latest “honour killing”.”

TURKEY (From Pteryxx)
“Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said “no Muslim family” should practice contraception and urged women to have more children.”

“The mayor of Mexico City has provoked derision after unveiling civic authorities’ latest weapon against the capital’s epidemic of sexual harassment: a plastic whistle. Miguel Ángel Mancera announced the initiative this week, saying that women would be provided with whistles emblazoned with the city’s new logo “which will help them to warn of possible crimes”.”

PAKISTAN (From Critical Dragon1177)
“The leader of a Pakistani Islamic council has proposed a bill that allows husbands to “lightly beat” their wives as a form of discipline.” Some Pakistanis aren’t taking the proposed bill lying down.

“A Saudi man was arrested after he shot a male obstetrician, arguing that he had no right to assist his wife’s delivery and that a woman gynecologist should have been around.”

“In Malawi a packet of sanitary towels can cost a whole day’s pay, and girls often miss school because the cotton strips they use instead are inadequate. Charlotte Ashton met a woman in Blantyre who’s come up with a solution.”

“A 17-year-old boy from the city, who was diabetic, died recently after he stopped taking insulin injections on the advice of an acupuncture therapist.

Making love to a woman during her menstrual period produces children with albinism (albinos), flagbearer of the All People’s Congress (APC) Mr Hassan Ayariga has said.”

“‘Neo-Nazis’ wearing sausage necklaces lob meat at vegans in Tbilisi cafe brawl.” “The Kiwi Café said the same group had visited the restaurant prior to the attack to inquire about the foreign and LGBT status of its patrons.”

“Ghana’s Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has resolved to ban the sale of cosmetic products which contain the skin bleaching ingredient hydroquinone, effective August this year.”

“Calgary parents prayed for two hours before calling 911 after they found son not breathing

“A Saudi scholar issued a fatwa against using another person’s WiFi without permission, since theft cannot be tolerated in Islam.”

India’s trans community loth to embrace third-gender status: A continued lack of acceptance and opportunity means India’s hijras are often reluctant to take advantage of a 2014 law permitting a formal change of identity”

“Northern Ireland will end its lifetime ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood, it has been announced.”

Featured image: After the anti-harassment whistle, Pictoline proposes introducing the anti-extortion trumpet and the anti-corruption maracas.


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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