8 Years After Rana Plaza Disaster, Activists Fear Bangladesh’s Garment Workers Are in Danger Again (The Diplomat)

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The binding agreement signed by clothing brands to prevent a similar disaster in Bangladesh will expire in May. Some fear this could mean a step back for worker safety

The rise of a new generation of ‘green collar workers’ in South-East Asia (Equal Times)

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In this picture, Tran Thi Khanh Trang, who launched the Fargreen project, says her main work is to “make the most of rice straw, something that Vietnamese farmers usually burn after the harvest,” but which they now use to grow gourmet mushrooms.…

Thailand Has a Gender Violence Problem (The Diplomat)

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Repeated cases of violence against women demonstrate their systematic subordination within Thailand’s patriarchal social structure

The end of dengue fever? Mosquito experiment in Indonesia sees huge reduction in cases (South China Morning Post)

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Recently concluded trial that involved mosquitoes with an inhibited ability to transmit viruses saw dengue cases drop 77 per cent after two years. World Mosquito Programme says the method has great potential for cities across Asia and Latin America and aims to reach 75 million people in five years

The Decline of China’s Kingdom of Women (The Diplomat)

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Chinese Singaporean lawyer Choo Waihong portrays the slow decline of the culture of the Mosuo, one of the last remaining matriarchal societies in the world

What does the coronavirus mean for single-use plastics? (Equal Times)

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In Europe, the EU still intends to go ahead with the ban on single-use plastics as of 2021, but plastic consumption has also increased considerably due to the fear of catching the virus

Thailand: The Coronavirus Suicides (The Diplomat)

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Scholars warn that the number of people driven to suicide by economic hardship could exceed the number of COVID-19 deaths if the government doesn’t react
Spain’s health workers

Spain’s health workers overburdened and undersupplied in coronavirus fight (South China Morning Post)

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More than 15,000 workers infected as hospitals struggle with a lack of test kits and protective gear

Coronavirus and Rohingya Refugee Camps (The Diplomat)

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The first confirmed case in Cox’s Bazar, on March 24, is a serious concern for aid workers

Spain’s Chinese community’s fight against coronavirus and xenophobia started early (South China Morning Post)

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Weeks before the country went into lockdown, many Chinese-run shops had closed and workers in the remainder wore masks. When the infection arrived, fears of racially motivated insults were realised from abuse on the street to social media attacks
Domestic violence in Thailand

Severed penis, murdered ex-wife: what’s behind Thailand’s rise in domestic violence? (South China Morning Post)

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Hundreds of women and children report abuse each year, according to official figures, but these are only the ‘tip of the iceberg’ rights groups say

Is there room for transgender rights in the ‘New Malaysia’? (The Diplomat)

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Activists believe that the transgender rights in Malaysia under the new government have not changed at all, or have arguably gotten even worse