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Around The World In 5

Around The World In 5

This week, Document Women gathered stories of women’s firsts and persisting conversations. 

  1. India: 

For the first time in India’s history, three women have been sworn in as judges at its Supreme Court. The Chief Justice praised this while adding that at least 50 per cent of women should be found at all levels of the judiciary. 

This article explores the lack of data or literature on women’s representation in Indian litigation.

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  1. United States of America; 

In America, wearing the Hijab as a feminist continues to present varying concerns. It is popularly believed that the Islamic faith is oppressive for women. In France, the hijab, or headscarf, that many Muslim women wear has become a symbol of this perceived oppression.

This article will explain some subjects that go into many Muslim women’s choice to wear the hijab, including why some women see it as empowering. 

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  1. The United Kingdom

This week marked World Menopause day. In this article, a woman from Nottingham told the media how it took her five years to convince her physician that she had been experiencing menopause symptoms, furthering the conversation on how the medical community ignores women’s complaints. 

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  1.  Nigeria

This month, Pfizer held a virtual media roundtable to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Metastatic Breast Cancer Day, restating the significance of checking early for the disease. 

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women in Nigeria, accounting for 22.7 per cent of new cancer cases in Nigeria,  according to a Globocan study. 

Read more here.  

  1.  Global

A study released at the 2021 Congress for the American Society for Reproductive Medicine showed that stress from COVID-19 affects menstrual cycles and symptoms. 

Over one-third of the 12,300 surveys, respondents noted observing changes in their menstrual cycle or symptoms during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the U.K., over 30,000 incidents of period problems after procuring the COVID-19 vaccine have been reported.

Johns Hopkins Medicine’s Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics is one of five institutions selected by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to research to explore the potential impacts of COVID-19 vaccination on menstruation. 

Read more here.

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