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Fri Apr 24, 2020, 02:12 AM

Panama's coronavirus gender curfew sidelines transgender people

Panama’s coronavirus gender curfew sidelines transgender people
Human Rights Watch has urged Panama's president to prevent discrimination against transgender people, following several reports of harassment.

Date 24.04.2020

The Latin American country of Panama implemented a "gender-based" lockdown schedule on April 1, intended to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

This measure appears to have left a significant section of the population — transgender people — in the lurch.

On April 23, Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged Panama's President, Laurentino Cortizo, to adopt policies to prevent discrimination against transgenders, following several reports in the country of harassment.

According to the gender-based protocol, women are allowed to leave the house to buy essential goods on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, while men are allowed on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.


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