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20 February 2018

What Were Global Voices’ Readers up to Last Week?

During the week of February 12-18, 2018, our stories and translations attracted readers from 209 countries. Number 68 on the list? Honduras. And number 139? Somalia.

#ThemToo: Syrian Women Tell Stories of Rape in Regime Prisons

"Raped women are caught between the anvil of the regime and the hammer of society."

#MehfoozBachpan: Pakistani Activists Demand Policy to Safeguard Children from Sexual Abuse in 2018 Elections

"Protected childhood is a collective dream, each of us is responsible for our children...We will vote for protected childhood in next election."

‘Voices for Momos’ Campaign Seeks to Protect Myanmar’s Last Remaining Elephants

Myanmar’s wild elephant population is estimated to be between 1,400 to 2,000.

19 February 2018

As Some March to Honor a Pro-Nazi General in Sofia, Others Rally to Decry Fascism

"Lukov...was one of the fiercest advocates of Bulgaria’s Nazi-inspired 'Law for the Protection of the Nation' that, among other things, forced the country’s 50,000 Jews to wear yellow stars."

20 Years After the Decriminalization of Homosexuality in Ecuador, the LGBTI Community Continues to Be Punished

In the first part of this series, we gather testimonies that show how the forced confinement of LGBTI people contradicts recent legal evolutions that affirm citizens' rights.

Chinese State TV Lambasted for ‘Racist’ Lunar New Year Sketch Featuring Blackface

"My first Chinese New Year watching the annual CCTV spring gala and they trot out a Chinese lady in blackface...with a pet "monkey" (played by a man from Cote D'Ivoire)..."

17 February 2018

An Artist Duo in Nepal Hopes Their Nude Paintings Will Encourage Men to Embrace Vulnerability

“It’s okay to be you, men too can cry, men too can be sensitive."

A Fascinating Glimpse Into the Life of a Popular Chimpanzee in Pre-War Japan

"In the 1930s, one of the most popular animals at Tennoji Zoo in Osaka was Rita the chimpanzee."

16 February 2018

‘They Fear Pens, Not Guns': Turkish Journalists Sentenced to Life in Prison

Advox

With 155 journalists serving jail time because of their work, such sentences are becoming routine for Turkey's embattled independent media community.

Social Media Giants Are at the Center of a Censorship Scandal in Russia — Again

RuNet EchoAdvox

The latest manifestation of online platforms being targeted for censorship by government entities

15 February 2018

Netizen Report: In Leaked Docs, European Commission Says Tech Companies Should Self-Regulate on Harmful Speech

Advox

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Remembering Pakistan's Empowering Human Rights Activist Asma Jahangir

"Even in her death, she did not conform to the established code. Resistance, thy name is Asma."

Hannah Mouncey Becomes First Transgender Player in Australian Women’s State League Football

"I cannot thank the AFL for allowing me to do something that is open to every other Australian and which the science and research has supported all along."

14 February 2018

How Indigenous Communities Are Using Data to ‘Reframe’ Their Narratives Through Digital Storytelling

Rising VoicesNewsFrames

"Tools of this kind can become an element to analyze our communication work and guide us in choosing the best way to respond to the information generated by traditional media." 

East African Women in the Music Industry Sing Out Against Male Domination

"We have made ourselves known in the music industry, yet gender inequality, sexism, and pay gaps persist. It’s not that we’re not skillful enough, it’s that all decision-makers are men."

The Pollution in Iran's Ahwaz Region Turns Deadly

The Bridge

The Ahwaz region of Iran produces 95 percent of the country's oil and gas wealth—at huge cost to the area's predominantly Arab population.

In Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, Network Shutdowns Leave Civilians Unreachable — And Unable to Call for Help

Advox

Without telecommunication networks, residents of the North Sinai "cannot report injuries and they have limited access to emergency services.”

Several Months After Their Abduction by Boko Haram, Thirteen Nigerian Citizens Regain Freedom

"We are so pleased that these 13 people are free and will be able to see their families again..."

‘India’s Only Positive Newspaper’ Brings Readers a Dose of Hope

"We felt if negative news and stories can bring about such negative actions, why not publish and present positive stories that can bring about a larger positive impact."

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