Global Quickies: Gender Pay Gap in Europe, Religious Training for Police, and Superstitious Fasting

“Indian police are investigating the parents of a 13-year-old girl who died last week after undertaking a religious fast for 68 days.”

“In Morocco, it’s not easy for women to walk the streets unmolested.”

“A child bride is facing execution for the murder of her husband after giving birth to a stillborn baby in prison. […]During her trial the court had disregarded her testimony that she had been frequently beaten and abused by her husband, Human Rights Watch reported.”

“A group of young men from an underprivileged Paris suburb have launched a social media campaign challenging others to feed homeless refugees and migrants.” (autoplay video)

Recorded rapes on children rose from 5,878 in 2011-12 to 11,947 in 2015-16. The figures suggest that 109 out of every 100,000 children were recorded as being attacked in England and Wales. “It may be that in the wake of publicity associated with the late Jimmy Savile and other historical abuse cases, more adult survivors of child sexual abuse, as well as more recent victims, have felt empowered to come forward to tell the police,” the report says.”

“B2B market place Expert Market has issued a fresh study looking at how the gender pay gap affects female employees in nations across the Continent. The survey revealed that on average women in Europe earned almost 17 percent less annually than men. This in essence means that they work without getting paid for roughly two months of the year.”

“Aspiring police inspectors with the Spanish National Police will be trained by a private Catholic university, ending a 28-year association with the secular Salamanca University. […] “Abortion, euthanasia and the so-called Gag Law will never be the same when explained by a professor from a public university as by one from a private, Catholic university whose ultimate boss is the bishop,” said one professor of criminal law from Salamanca University who has taught at the police academy.”

“Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday dismissed criticism voiced by his wife Aisha Buhari in a BBC interview, saying she belonged in the kitchen and he had “superior knowledge” about running a government.”

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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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  1. Regarding the European gender pay gap study, was this survey reporting a 17% gap based solely on the combined average wages earned by men and women in general in all types of vocations, or was it adjusted for job title / type of work (i.e. comparing male CEO to female CEO, male custodian to female custodian, male teacher to female teacher, male network admin to female network admin, etc.)?

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