On October 4, a panel defended itself against criticism for outlawing an anti-rape television commercial because it offended men. In the ad, South African actress Charlize Theron responds to her own question about “what South African men are like” by citing rape statistics. According to South African police, South African women are nearly three times as likely to be raped as women in the United States---an alarming 64,000 women and girls per year. After the commercial aired for two months on three broadcasting stations, 28 men complained to the Advertising Standards Authority. The ad must be changed or withdrawn within 48 hours after the panel decision. The Rape Crisis group in Cape Town who sponsored the ad said it would appeal.
Media Resources: Nando Times and AP - October 5, 1999
4/17/2014 Supreme Court of India Recognizes Transgender Rights - India's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that official documents must allow transgender people to identify as a third gender and directed the federal and state governments to include transgender people, known as hijras, in welfare programs such as education, health care, and job programs.
"All documents will now have a third category marked 'transgender,'" said Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, a transgender activist who petitioned the court. . . .