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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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Light Physical Activity May Lower CVD Risk in Women: Study

Most people do not think of folding clothes or walking to the mailbox as physical activity of any kind

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Cycling, walking in nature may improve your mental health. Pixabay

While strolling or running are beneficial for heart health, light physical activity, such as gardening and folding clothes, may also lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) in older women, say researchers.

The study showed that such activities might be enough to significantly reduce stroke or heart failure by up to 22 per cent and the risk of heart attack or coronary death by as much as 42 per cent.

The association was strong across all racial and ethnic groups, noted the study published in the journal JAMA Network Open.

“The higher the amount of activity, the lower the risk,” said co-author Andrea LaCroix, Researcher at the University of California, San Diego.

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Walk your way to good health.

“And the risk reduction showed regardless of the women’s overall health status, functional ability or even age. In other words, the association with light physical activity was apparent regardless of these other factors,” LaCroix added.

For the study, researchers studied nearly 6,000 women aged 63 to 97. They were made to wear a device which measured their movement 24 hours a day for seven consecutive days. The device was also calibrated by age to distinguish between light, and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity.

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Most people do not think of folding clothes or walking to the mailbox as physical activity of any kind, the researchers said.

“This study suggests that for older women, any and all movement counts towards better cardiovascular health,” said David Goff, Director at National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) in the US. (IANS)