South Africa moves to decriminalise sex work

South Africa moves to decriminalize sex work after the Ministry of Justice on Friday (9 December) proposed legislation aimed at tackling crime against women. The legislation is currently up for public comment. If passed, the sale and purchase of sexual services will no longer be a criminal offence. The bill only deals with decriminalization and […]

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583 million people around the globe experienced psychological abuse at work: Report

The first-of-its-kind survey on people’s experience with violence and harassment at work has surprisingly revealed that sexual harassment while prevalent is not the most reported form of abuse in workplaces; psychological abuse takes the cake.  The survey undertaken as a joint effort between International Labour Organization (ILO), Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF) and Gallup found that […]

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Employees who work 4 days a week dedicate additional free time to sleep: Study

As per lead researcher Juliet Schor, a sociologist and economist at Boston College who is monitoring over 180 organisations globally as they switch to truncated schedules through six-month pilot programmes, workers who shifted to 32-hour workweeks logged 7.58 hours per night of sleep, nearly a full hour more than when they were maintaining in the […]

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Xi Jinping willing to work with Kim Jong Un for regional and global peace: KCNA

Chinese President Xi Jinping in a letter to his North Korean counterpart has expressed willingness for both countries to work together for regional and global peace, according to Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).  The message from Xi comes in the backdrop of Pyongyang launching missiles left, right and centre. Last week, it launched an intercontinental […]

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Report: Hijab ban at work is OK as a general prohibition, says the EU top court

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on Thursday ruled that companies in the EU can ban headscarves (hijab) as long as it is a general prohibition and does not directly discriminate against employees.  “The internal rule of an undertaking prohibiting the visible wearing of religious, philosophical or spiritual signs does not constitute direct […]

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Scientist trio awarded Nobel Prize for pioneering work on ‘click chemistry’

Three scientists from the United States and Denmark who built the framework for a more practical kind of chemistry were given the Nobel Prize in Chemistry on Wednesday.  The judges awarded Morten Meldal of Denmark, Carolyn Bertozzi, and Barry Sharpless of America “for the development of click chemistry and bioorthogonal chemistry.”  For 81-year-old Sharpless, who […]

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