• Gambia’s justice minister receives 2 awards in US for supporting Rohingya at ICJ
• Death toll rises to 6 from collapsed hotel in China used as coronavirus quarantine site
• Italy locks down millions as its coronavirus deaths jump by to 366
• Saudi Arabia reopens Mecca, Medina holy sites after coronavirus closure
• At least 22 killed, 70 injured in Syrian road accident
• Myanmar military helicopter crashes carrying foreign military attachés; no deaths
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Report: Sabera Begum (stringer)
Topic: Sunday’s International Women’s Day points up inequities.
Translation summary: Sunday marked the annual commemoration of International Women’s Day, with calls for equality. But a report released earlier this week by the UN Development Program found that almost nine in 10 men and women have some sort of bias against women, holding them back from schooling and other opportunities. More than a fourth of people surveyed said it was “justified for a man to beat his wife.”
In Cox’s Bazar, aid groups push for gender equality for females living in refugee camps and neighboring host communities. Jobaida Khanam, case manager for Mukti, said the locally based NGO does training in women’s development and leadership and in ending gender-based discrimination and violence.
Such support encourages Kismat Ara, a 19-year-old teacher at Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) learning center. She found refuge in Balukhali Camp 2 after fleeing the community of Alitanjo in Myanmar’s Maungdaw township in August 2017. “Our Rohingya women are not aware of their rights at all,” she said, saying they face many limits. If Rohingya women want to develop, they must study and overcome limitations. “Then their family, society and country will prosper.”
World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus pointed out on Twitter that “women make up 70% of the global health workforce.” He called for more support of education to get the 9 million more nurses and midwives needed to ensure health care for all.
Report: Sanjana Feroz
Topic: Gambia Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou talks about genocide case.
Summary: Tambadou was in Washington this weekend to receive awards from Muslim groups for his defense of ethnic Rohingya Muslims. In November, Gambia sued Myanmar in the International Court of Justice, accusing it of attempting genocide. In January, the ICJ ordered Myanmar’s government to “talk all measures within its power” to prevent any acts of genocide while the court weighs the broader case. Tambadou said the initial decision was “a welcome ruling. It's a triumph of international justice and international law.”
Internet connections with Rohingya communities reportedly have been out of service. If the government is responsible, that would not be an encouraging sign at all,” Tambadou said. “But I wouldn't want to speculate as to the reasons for the internet [disruption].” He noted the Myanmar is required to submit a report in mid-May indicating its steps to protect Rohingyas.