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Get a weekly dose of facts. When a KwaZulu-Natal municipality introduced an academic bursary for young women who can prove that they are virgins it caused an uproar earlier this year. The South African Human Rights Commission has reportedly now opened an investigation into the bursary. The practice of virginity testing has always been contentious, with several calls to ban it over the years.
The Egyptian military was celebrated for helping to facilitate a peaceful revolution there three months ago. By Samiha Shafy in Cairo. Before she describes how uniformed soldiers hit and kicked her and the other young women, ordering them to take off their clothes, lie on their backs in front of gawking soldiers and spread their legs so a man in a white lab coat could test their virginity -- before this, the hairdresser quickly lights a cigarette and pulls the smoke deeply into her lungs. Salwa Husseini Gouda is a petite woman with gently curved lips and almond-shaped eyes. The year-old looks tired this afternoon, wearing jeans and a headscarf together with a tight-fitting top.
Activists in India protest against virginity tests in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Kerala in On Monday, Farhad Javid will meet with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his wife, Rula Ghani, to ask whether the president will order the release of some women and girls who are currently in jail for failing a virginity test. Javid is Afghanistan's country director for Marie Stopes International , a global family planning organization. Five months ago, he and three colleagues visited the Mazar-i-Sharif prison and went from cell to cell to count the number of women and girls who had been jailed for failing the test.