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Lady Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, has given birth to a baby boy. Acid attack victims in the past will not benefit from a latest law against the crime passed by the Indian Supreme Court and more than 30 million girls face genital mutilation in the next decade, says the UNICEF. Click to find out more about what women’s themes made it to the headlines.

The male mentality

“My eyes are up here,” she snaps at the reporter as, mid-conversation, his attention drifts away from her face towards her chest. He giggles; she shrugs it off as just another display of myopic male mentality.

Read more about how women journalists in Pakistan deal with sexual harassment at the workplace.

 Baby’s photographs

Photographing a new born or a one-year-old can be a problem. This story offers a few tips on how you can get some really nice pictures of your baby.

Read more in the Express Tribune.

Genital mutilation

More than 30 million girls face genital mutilation over the next decade, UNICEF has reported. More than 125 million girls and women alive today have undergone “genital cutting,” although the numbers are declining.

Read more.

 Acid attacks in India

There are about 1,000 acid attacks in India each year. Until recently, there was no separate legislation for such incidents, and data was not collated. But the gang rape of a student in New Delhi in December prompted the government to look at strengthening laws on violence against women.

Read more in the Guardian.

 Contraceptives not welcome

Pakistan’s media regulator pulled the plug on a contraceptives commercial starring celebrity personality Mathira on Tuesday, calling it “immoral”, after public complaints.

Read more in Dawn.

Relief for rape victims

On May 6th of this year, the Dhaka High Court in Bangladesh handed down a landmark decision meant to ensure that female victims of sexual violence are examined by women doctors, rather than men.

Read more.

Editor: Manasi Gopalakrishnan


24.07.2013 | 9:26