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Keidanren submits proposal to gov't to empower women in workforce

Japan's largest business lobby, the Japan Business Federation, submitted a proposal Tuesday to the government for improving women's advancement in the workforce. In the proposal handed to gender equality minister Masako Mori by Hideaki Omiya, the federation's vice chairman, the lobby known as Keidanren asks its roughly 1,300 member firms to draw up action plans to appoint more women as board members and managers.

India top court recognises transgenders as 'third gender'

India's highest court on Tuesday recognised a neutral gender that is neither male nor female, in a landmark ruling that paves the way for equal rights for several million transgenders and eunuchs. The Supreme Court also said transgenders should be granted access to social welfare schemes offered to other minority groups, in a judgement hailed by transgenders who suffer widespread discrimination. "Transgenders are citizens of this country and are entitled to education and all other rights," Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan told the court while handing down the ruling.

India top court recognises transgenders as 'third gender'

India's highest court on Tuesday recognised the existence of a third gender that is neither male nor female, in a landmark judgement hailed by transgender people. "Recognition of transgenders as a third gender is not a social or medical issue but a human rights issue," Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan told the Supreme Court while handing down the ruling. str-tha/pmc/ac

World Bank head meets poor-country gays on discrimination

Gay leaders from developing countries held a private meeting Friday with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim to discuss the discrimination they face in their countries. Six weeks after the bank put a hold on a $90 million loan to Uganda due to its harsh anti-gay laws, Kim held talks with 15 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) leaders on mistreatement they suffer due to their sexual orientation. It was the first meeting of its kind to take place during the high-profile shareholders meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Washington.

Human rights complaints push for changes to sex on birth certificates

Renn Forsberg's family says that, in her heart and in her brain, their six-year-old is a girl. They want her birth certificate to reflect that. Better yet, they argue, the sex box now marked with an 'M' should be removed from the document altogether. The Saskatchewan family has filed one of several human rights complaints across the country that are prompting some provinces to rethink their rules about changing sex on birth certificates.

Australia's top court recognises 'neutral' third gender

Australia's highest court on Wednesday recognised the existence of a third "non-specific" gender that is neither male nor female, in a landmark ruling campaigners said will help end years of discrimination. The High Court ruled that not everyone should be forced to identify as a man or woman when dealing with officials, saying some people could legitimately describe themselves as gender neutral. "The High Court... recognises that a person may be neither male nor female, and so permits the registration of a person's sex as 'non?specific'," it said in a unanimous judgement.

Australia's top court recognises 'gender neutral' sex category

Australia's highest court on Wednesday ruled that a person can be legally recognised as gender neutral as opposed to male or female, ending a long legal battle by a sexual equality campaigner. "The High Court... recognises that a person may be neither male nor female, and so permits the registration of a person's sex as 'non?specific'," it said in a unanimous judgement, dismissing a New South Wales state appeal to recognise only men or women.

Australia's top court recognises 'gender neutral' sex category

Australia's highest court on Wednesday ruled that a person can be legally recognised as gender neutral, or non-specific, as opposed to male or female. "The High Court... recognises that a person may be neither male nor female, and so permits the registration of a person's sex as 'non?specific'," it said in a unanimous judgement that dismissed a New South Wales state appeal to recognise only men or women. The case centred on a person called Norrie, who does not identify as either male or female, who launched a legal bid to introduce a new gender-neutral category.

Women struggling to crack glass ceiling in top UK companies: report

By Belinda Goldsmith LONDON (Reuters) - More women are sitting on the boards of Britain's blue-chip companies but the glass ceiling is yet to crack, with most top jobs still held by men and companies needing to do more to promote women, a government report said on Wednesday. The third annual progress report found women now occupy a fifth, or 20.7 percent, of positions in FTSE 100 companies, up from 12.5 percent in 2011, within striking distance of a target for women to account for one quarter of board seats by 2015.

Women struggling to crack glass ceiling in top UK companies: report

By Belinda Goldsmith LONDON (Reuters) - More women are sitting on the boards of Britain's biggest companies but the glass ceiling is yet to crack, with most top jobs still held by men and companies needing to do more for gender balance, a report showed on Wednesday. The latest of three British government reports on gender in boardrooms found women now hold a fifth, or 20.7 percent, of board positions in FTSE 100 companies, up from 17.3 percent in April 2013 and 12.5 percent in 2011, but short of a 2015 target.
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