The Rape-aXe: Giving Women Teeth in a World of Rape Dangers
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The Rape-aXe: Giving Women Teeth in a World of Rape Dangers

Rape is a serious problem, both in the United States as well as around the world. In South Africa, occasionally referred to as the rape capital of the world, some statistics claim there is a rape every 17 seconds. Faced with bleak numbers like that, and working with rape survivors, Sonnet Ehlers despaired over the grim …

Sex-Themed Amusement Park 'EroticaLand' Promises Adults-Only Fun
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Sex-Themed Amusement Park EroticaLand Promises Adults-Only Fun

Sex is a multi-billion dollar industry, but its transactions have largely taken place in the shadows. Adult book shops and video stores have always been on back streets, out of sight and out of mind. With the Internet, people don’t even need to leave their homes to find seemingly limitless options to satisfy whatever their …

Japanese Court Rules Vagina Figures 'Pop Art' not Obscenity
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Japanese Court Rules Vagina Figures ‘Pop Art’ not Obscenity

By Minami Funakoshi

TOKYO (Reuters) – A Japanese court found on Monday an artist not guilty of obscenity for displaying figurines modeled on her vagina, signaling a step towards freedom of expression, although the court fined her for distributing digital data of her genitals.

The Tokyo court dismissed prosecutors’ charge that Megumi Igarashi, who works under the …

App Identifies Poorest Girls in India to help Prevent Trafficking
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App Identifies Poorest Girls in India to help Prevent Trafficking

By Rina Chandran

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A tablet-based application that helps to identify some of the poorest girls in eastern India has the potential to prevent human trafficking, early marriage and child labour, according to a charity which has developed the app.

The GPower, or Girl Power, app developed by Accenture Labs and the charity …

WHO Advises Traveling Pregnant Women To Avoid Zika-Affected Areas
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WHO Advises Traveling Pregnant Women To Avoid Zika-Affected Areas

A worker uses an electronic microscope to observe mosquitoes at “Grupo Avance” (Advance Group) laboratory where biochemists are developing a possible Zika-repellent clothes detergent additive in Santiago, March 4, 2016. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

By Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles

GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) advised pregnant women on Tuesday not to travel to areas …

When Love Turns to Gang Rape: African Experts Seek ways to End Sex Crimes
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When Love Turns to Gang Rape: African Experts Seek ways to End Sex Crimes

By Katy Migiro

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – South African teenage boys have an unusual way of punishing their girlfriends: gang-raping them with their friends.

It’s a way of demonstrating their power when they feel slighted, said Rachel Jewkes, an expert on sexual violence.

“A boyfriend organises to have sex with his girlfriend and then he tricks her …

Vaccine Success Holds Hope for the End of Ebola
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Vaccine Success Holds Hope for the End of Ebola

By Kate Kelland and Tom Miles

LONDON/GENEVA (Reuters) – The world is on the verge of being able to protect humans against Ebola, the World Health Organization said on Friday, as a trial in Guinea found a vaccine to have been 100 percent effective.

Initial results from the trial, which tested Merck <MRK.N> and NewLink Genetics’ <NLNK.O> …

#pledgedecrim: Sex Workers Work Twitter
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#pledgedecrim – Sex Workers Work Twitter

Citizens of the United Kingdom are taking to social media to address prostitution. This time it isn’t railing against it. The Twitter hashtag #pledgedecrim seeks to decriminalize sex work. The campaign coordinator Laura Watson of The English Collective of Prostitutes describes why decriminalization is so important.

“Decriminalisation [sic] of sex work is urgently needed. Hundreds of women, many of whom are mothers supporting …

#selfieswithdaughter Combats Sex-Selective Abortions in India
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#selfieswithdaughter Combats Sex-Selective Abortions

No one will complain about access to the best of medical technology across the globe. With so much of the world lacking modern medical resources, those developing and newly-emerging countries are happy to provide their population with the tools to keep them healthy and thriving.

However, there is a dark underbelly to constant medical developments and ready …

'Petals' App Educates and Combats Female Genital Mutilation
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'Petals' App Educates and Combats Female Genital Mutilation

By Kieran Guilbert

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A new app designed to educate young people about female genital mutilation (FGM) was launched in Britain on Tuesday amid a government crackdown on people who take girls abroad to undergo the practice during the summer holidays.

Britain’s first FGM app, “Petals”, presents facts and information about the practice, …

Cuba First Country to End Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission
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Cuba First Country to End Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission

The World Health Organization on Tuesday declared Cuba the first country in the world to eliminate the transmission of HIV and syphilis from mother to child.

The WHO said in a statement that an international delegation that it and the Pan American Health Organization sent to Cuba in March determined the country met the criteria for …

Plastic Surgeons from Different Countries Prefer Different Breast Shapes
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Plastic Surgeons from Different Countries Prefer Different Breast Shapes

By Madeline Kennedy

(Reuters Health) – In an international study, plastic surgeons from different countries had varying preferences for the ideal size and shape of breasts and size of areolas.

“Cosmetic surgery tourism,” or traveling to a different country to have a cosmetic procedure, has been on the rise for the past ten years, according to the …

Norway Proposes Extending Transgender Rights to Children
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Norway Proposes Extending Transgender Rights to Children

OSLO (Reuters) – Norway’s government proposed on Thursday that children as young as seven should be allowed to change their legal gender with parental support, among the lowest ages in the world for transgender rights.

The suggested overhaul of the laws would also let people as young as 16 decide for themselves whether they are male …

Women Drug Abusers Shun Treatment For Fear of Losing Children
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Women Drug Abusers Shun Treatment For Fear of Losing Children

By Kieran Guilbert

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Female drug users worldwide are far less likely than their male counterparts to undergo treatment due to discrimination against mothers and pregnant women and the cost of childcare, transport and treatment, the U.N. drugs body said on Friday.

Women with drug problems are heavily stigmatized and find it difficult …

Facebook Must Turn Over User Information in Revenge Porn Case
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Facebook Must Turn Over User Information in Revenge Porn Case

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Facebook must turn over any information it possesses that could help a young woman find out who published a sex video of her without her consent, a Dutch court ruled on Thursday.

The Amsterdam District Court said in its ruling that if the U.S. company cannot comply because it has erased the relevant …