Study grants for virgins ‘illegal’

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini has slammed as “illegal” a new scholarship scheme for female students who must pass virginity tests during the holidays to receive grant money. Uthukela municipality near Durban city last month awarded “maidens’ bursaries” to 16 university students on condition they remain virgins until they completed their studies. Beneficiaries of the…

ICC appoints women umpires for first time

Female umpires will officiate for the first time in the women’s World Twenty20 qualifiers, cricket’s governing body announced on Wednesday. In a move designed to further the development of the women’s game, the International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier 2015, in Bangkok, Thailand, from November 28 to December 5, will feature four female…

H&M makes rights pledge to 1.6m textile workers

Swedish retail giant H&M on Tuesday signed an agreement promising better labour rights for 1.6 million garment workers at its suppliers’ factories. The deal, reached with international union IndustriALL Global Union and Sweden’s IF Metall union, covers workers employed in 1 900 factories in “countries such as Cambodia, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Turkey”, the three organisations said in…