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Women in Chilean Universities Ask to End Gender Violence

A "feminist seizure" has been in effect since April. "We are being harassed, abused and assaulted in our own spaces and that cannot be allowed."

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Chile's Law School, wikimedia commons

The occupation of about a dozen Chilean universities by female students demanding an end to harassment, machismo and sexist education has entered its fourth week.

The Austral University and the University of Chile’s law school has been occupied by thousands of young women looking to end the “cover-up” for professors accused of gender violence, Efe news reported.

“We are tired of violence against women,” read the banners displayed at the Valdivia campus, where reports exceed 100 a year, following a series of unresolved accusations against school staff.

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A “feminist seizure” has been in effect since April. “We are being harassed, abused and assaulted in our own spaces and that cannot be allowed.”

Official gender violence figures show as many as 90 per cent of women have faced a situation involving sexual harassment at some point in their lives.(IANS)

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Depression May Put Women at Risk of Chronic Diseases, Says Study

Women with both conditions — depression and chronic diseases — were more likely to come from low-income households, be overweight and inactive, smoke tobacco and drink alcohol

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Depression has significantly increased the risk of early death in women. Wikimedia

Women who experience symptoms of depression, even without a clinical diagnosis, are at an increased risk of developing multiple chronic diseases, according to a study.

The study, published in the journal American Psychological Association Health Psychology, examined 7,407 middle-aged women (45-50 years) for over 20 years.

During the study period, 43.2 per cent women experienced elevated symptoms of depression and just under half the cohort were diagnosed or took treatment for depression.

Of the total, 2,035 or 63.6 per cent developed multiple chronic diseases.

“These days many people suffer from multiple chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer. We looked at how women progress in the development of these chronic diseases before and after the onset of depressive symptoms,” said Xiaolin Xu from the University of Queensland in Australia.

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Depression is a common mental disorder. Flickr

“Experiencing depressive symptoms appeared to amplify the risk of chronic illness,” Xu said, adding that women suffering from depression were 1.8 times more likely to have multiple chronic health conditions.

“After women started experiencing these symptoms, they were 2.4 times more likely to suffer from multiple chronic conditions compared to women without depressive symptoms,” he added.

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Women with both conditions — depression and chronic diseases — were more likely to come from low-income households, be overweight and inactive, smoke tobacco and drink alcohol.

“Maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, eating a balanced diet, and reducing harmful behaviours could help prevent and slow the progression of multiple chronic diseases,” Xu said. (IANS)