A new UN study attempts to quantify the prevalence of gang rape and other forms of violence against women in Asia - by talking with the men themselves. It reveals some startling statistics. Half of the 10,000 men surveyed in six Asia Pacific countries admitted they had abused their partners, and one in four had committed rape.
The study also showed alarming levels of gang rape, with some of the highest levels found in Cambodia. Of the men surveyed there, more than 5% said they’d taken part in a gang rape - higher than the 2% typically seen in most of the other sites surveyed.
Photo of the Day: People arrive at the “Diner en blanc” (Dinner in White) event outside the ArtScience Museum at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.
A total of 888 people, dressed head to toe in white and bringing with them white tablecloths, glassware and other finery, gathered at the promenade near the museum on Thursday night for an impromptu open-air dinner, organizers said.
Participants at the event, the first in Asia, were told of the venue via social media sites and the Internet, then rushed to assemble at the venue. ( REUTERS/Tim Chong)
A sand kitten sits at her enclosure at the Ramat Gan Safari Park near Tel Aviv. Four sand kittens were born three weeks ago at the safari park. Sand cats are found in the wild in the deserts of northern Africa and southwest and central Asia.
Singapore is imploring its citizens to make babies.
Known as the “Switzerland of Asia,” Singapore’s booming hi-tech manufacturing and financial services industries allow its citizens to enjoy one of the world’s highest standards of living. But the country has a population problem. It has one of the lowest birth rates in the world. The government has offered “baby bonus” tax breaks and paid maternity leaves to help get the birth-rate back up.
Singapore has also launched a new campaign encouraging locals to do their civic duty Thursday, National Day, by making babies. More.
(Photo: A child checks out a Buddha statue in Singapore. By Marco Fedele/Flickr.)
DELUGE Residents swam through floodwaters as others waited for help on their roofs after torrential rains caused a river to overflow in Manila Tuesday. Approximately one-third of the city is underwater; more than 50 people have been killed and 250,000 evacuated in the worst flooding since 2009. (Photo: Noel Celis / AFP-Getty via The Wall Street Journal)
“The Cross # Towers constitute a three-dimensional urban community of interlocking horizontal and vertical towers. Three public bridges connect two slender towers at different levels – underground, at the street and in the sky. Catering to the demands and desires of different residents, age groups and cultures the bridges are landscaped and equipped for a variety of activities traditionally restricted to the ground. The resultant volume forms a distinct figure on the new skyline of Seoul – a “#” that serves as a gateway to the new Yongsan Business District signaling a radical departure from the crude repetition of disconnected towers towards a new urban community that populates the three-dimensional space of the city.” Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner, BIG.
Images: Schematics for the Cross # Towers in Soul. Via BIG.
As part of Singapore’s masterplan to develop its Marina Bay area, these towering eighteen ‘Supertrees’ take vertical greenery a step further, integrating over 226,000 plants consisting of over 200 species with a host of other functions, like solar power and solar hot water generation, rainwater collection and acting as ventilation towers for the horticultural conservatories below.