People with vaginas have needs – but making their baby-cannons smell of fruit is not one of them

In the midst of last week’s reports that an Uber executive suggested hiring researchers to invade the privacy of (and potentially blackmail) a female journalist, Silicon Valley was also fielding a secondary, seemingly sillier scandal: a startup called Sweet Peach Probiotics, which aimed, according to reports, to fix women’s gross vaginas by bioengineering them to…

Female Indonesian police recruits forced to undergo ‘virginity tests’

Female recruits hoping to join Indonesia’s police force are forced to undergo two-finger “virginity tests”, a rights-group has found, a practice that leaves the young women traumatised, humiliated and in pain. The test is listed publicly as a requirement to enter the force and performed as part of the chief of police’s health inspection guidelines…

Complications from preterm births now the main killer of under-fives

Complications associated with preterm births have become the leading single killer of children under five, outpacing pneumonia and claiming 3 000 lives every day in what has been described as “one of the greatest health challenges of the 21st century”, a study published in the medical journal the Lancet said. “Globally, this is a wake-up call,”…

Gender equality forum urges men to take responsibility on contraception

Men must take more responsibility for using contraception to reduce the risk of more women dying from botched sterilisations like those seen in India, a global symposium on gender equality concluded last week. The MenEngage conference, held in New Delhi, ended with a declaration stating that — unless governments adopt a “She+He” perspective — women’s…

Germany ponders ground-breaking law to combat work-related stress

The continent of siestas and vacances, Europe used to pride itself on its healthy work-life balance. But as surveys show that increasing numbers of Europeans struggle to stop work encroaching on their private lives, governments are pondering whether the state should do more to protect workers from stress. Unions have repeatedly raised concerns that the…