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'Beacon of hope': Bangladesh opens first school for transgender students

November 06, 2020 8:38 PM

DHAKA (REUTERS) - A religious charity has opened the first school in Bangladesh for hijras, a transgender community whose members face widespread discrimination in the mostly conservative Muslim society and often live in abject poverty.

Coronavirus: KLM apologises after airline crew's 'racist' toilet note sparks outrage in South Korea

February 14, 2020 3:16 PM

SEOUL (REUTERS) - KLM, the Dutch arm of Air France KLM, offered a public apology on Friday (Feb 14) after a crew member sparked online outrage by posting a sign in Korean saying passengers on a recent flight were not allowed to use a toilet because of the coronavirus.

Don't judge people by appearance: Indonesia President Joko Widodo's message backfires on social media

January 21, 2020 5:15 PM

JAKARTA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A comic strip posted on President Joko Widodo's Twitter account that conveys the message of looking past appearances and instead judging people by their actions has been met with a less-than-favourable reception on social media, with many users pointing out the comic's inherent irony in regard to the various instances of discrimination still plaguing the government's bureaucracy.

Sexism rears its ugly head again in Taiwan presidential election

January 06, 2020 5:00 AM

Following Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen's election in 2016, the BBC called the island "the place to be a woman in politics".

Woman sues Tokyo medical schools over discrimination

June 05, 2019 3:14 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - A Japanese woman Wednesday (June 5) sued three Tokyo medical schools she says rejected her because of her gender and age, in a case her lawyer said was the "tip of the iceberg".

Singaporean women 'materialistic, pampered, self-entitled': Malaysian doctor in trouble over sexist, racist remarks

April 30, 2019 8:33 AM

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A Malaysian doctor in Australia is being investigated by the authorities after he repeatedly called for women to be raped.

NZ leader says Facebook curbs not enough

March 29, 2019 5:00 AM

WELLINGTON • New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern yesterday welcomed Facebook's move to curb support for white nationalism on its platforms but said more needed to be done in the wake of the Christchurch mosque attacks.

New Zealand PM Ardern welcomes Facebook bans on white nationalism, separatism

March 28, 2019 10:51 AM

WELLINGTON (REUTERS) - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday (March 28) that she welcomed Facebook Inc's decision to ban praise, support and representation of white nationalism and white separatism on its social media platforms.

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