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Beh Lih Yi

Desperation driving Rohingya to traffickers, U.N. envoy warns

Jul 18 2019

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Human traffickers are increasingly targeting Rohingya living in Myanmar and neighboring Bangladesh, where hundreds of thousands fled after a brutal military crackdown in 2017, a U.N. investigator warned on Thursday.

Violator or enforcer? Philippine harassment law puts president in spotlight

Jul 16 2019

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was on Tuesday accused of being the "most brazen violator" of a new law he approved that would penalize a wide range of sexual harassment, from catcalling to wolf-whistling.

More breastfeeding could save the world $1 billion every day

Jul 12 2019

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Not enough breastfeeding costs the global economy almost $1 billion each day due to lost productivity and healthcare costs, researchers said on Friday, as health experts urged more support for nursing mothers.

Indonesian woman jailed for reporting harassment urges end to victim blaming

Jul 10 2019

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An Indonesian woman sentenced to jail for reporting sexual harassment called on Wednesday for an end to the culture of victim blaming as she appealed for justice in a case that has sparked public anger.

Gay DJ pulls out of Singapore TEDx talk over censorship

Jul 04 2019

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A school in Singapore - where gay sex is banned - said on Thursday that a gay radio DJ pulled out of a TEDx talk after he was asked not to make "sensitive" comments about his sexuality.

Asian firms with women leaders deliver better financial results

Jun 27 2019

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Companies with female directors outperform those with only men at the top, according to a study of more than 1,000 Asian firms released on Thursday, as calls grow for more diversity in the region's boardrooms.

Myanmar university investigates suicide of gay librarian

Jun 26 2019

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Myanmar university said on Wednesday it had suspended three staff while it investigates the suicide of a gay employee who said he was bullied at work in social media posts widely shared in the conservative Asian country.

Southeast Asia urged to improve women's rights to stop China bride trafficking

Jun 25 2019

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Southeast Asian nations must improve job prospects for women at home and step up law enforcement at their borders to stem the rising number of brides sold into China, anti-trafficking groups said on Tuesday, following a major regional rescue operation.

Abused as 'dirty', same-sex newlyweds in Taiwan fear backlash

Jun 25 2019

ZHONGLI, Taiwan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Although Jovi Wu and Mindy Chiu made history last month as one of the first lesbian couples in Asia to marry legally, they are fearful that conservatives may reverse Taiwan's landmark law.

Chinese police rescue hundreds of trafficked women

Jun 21 2019

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - China rescued more than 1,100 women trafficked into the country, many of them sold as brides, in a joint operation with Southeast Asian countries, police said in a statement on Friday.

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