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The different faces of gender equality in Vietnam politics

"From former political prisoners to the wives of jailed activists to ordinary citizens, many women have been subjected to mistreatment and harassment one way or another."

Burqa ban in Sri Lanka would undermine national security and human rights

Many in Sri Lanka and abroad are condemning the impending ban on wearing burqas and other full-face coverings in public as a breach of human rights.

In the grip of pandemic, ‘the time is now’

"I don't know, but I want to be here, persisting. Intemperately. Ridiculously. Maybe even foolishly. And the difficulty has been in believing I deserve that grace. Maybe you feel the...

The legacy of Bolivia's El Mallku: ‘Self-governance is fundamental’ for indigenous peoples

"The majority of the indigenous people believe that El Mallku—Felipe Quispe—transcended his life by fighting for his people."

Herself a victim of cyberbullying, Lindsey Kukunda fights online violence against women in Uganda

Uganda media “promotes violence against women …. stories of ‘revenge porn’ are not written in support of the victim but as entertainment and blame.”

In Latin America, mental health can only be achieved through collective memory

"Our individual and collective history is not a static point in time and space, but a dynamic process that can be redefined and interpreted in another way."

Income, age and obesity: South Asia's advantages in the COVID-19 pandemic

Poverty, lack of public medical facilities, lower levels of adult literacy, and less medical expertise would, it was assumed, work strongly against the ability of South Asia to weather the...

The price of dissent: Women and political activism in Vietnam

Women "should think that our fight is not only against dictatorship ... It is also a fight to free ourselves from our own ideological constraints, from the prejudice that we...

Nearly five decades after Franco’s death, the far right might make a comeback in Madrid

"Vox is a melting pot combining nostalgia for Spain’s imaginary past glory, rejection of feminism and so-called woke culture, Euroscepticism, a negative attitude towards migration, and love for bullfighting."

My truth: The pain of being silenced in Cuba

"The '1984' book by George Orwell provides an understanding of the existing analogies with the oppressive Cuban society."

Not just Atlanta, but also Victoria, B.C.

White supremacy in Victoria makes going about daily life pretty easy for people like me, but potentially deadly for a whole lot of other people.

Syrian humanitarian aid: It’s time to shift from assistance to long-term sustainable programs

The US and its allies refuse to engage in reconstruction that may end up benefiting the Bashar al-Assad regime.

Personal attacks follow Burundi human rights defender into exile in Uganda

The harassment began in September 2017 after the release of a “hugely damning” UN Commission of Inquiry report on human rights abuses in Burundi, and Chantal Mutamuriza was "singled out...

Online rape threats connect Lebanese activist to ‘thousands of other women’ facing abuse

Maya El-Ammar: "Thanks to our experiences with gender-based violence in the offline world, we have rationalized the reality that our virtual world would naturally mirror our off-screen existence."

Called a prostitute by the prime minister, a Slovenian journalist tells her story

"The space for civil society and media in Slovenia has been in decline since Prime Minister Janez Janša’s government came into power in March 2020."

Who can become a parent in France?

Many single women and LGBTQI+ people are forced to go abroad until the country decides to open assisted reproduction technologies (ART) to them.

For this Filipina journalist, every day is a battle with fear

Rampant impunity means that accountability for attacks against activists and journalists is virtually non-existent.

Transphobic discourse is the real ‘Trojan horse’ of Mexican feminism

"If you’re a feminist and you don’t stand up to people who abuse trans and nonbinary people in the name of said political movement, I’m afraid to say that you're...

What keeps people with disabilities indoors in Azerbaijan? The answer is not COVID-19

"Why is the government not interested in providing lasting, sustainable and impactful solutions to the problems people with disabilities face in Azerbaijan?"

Transgender people in El Salvador are defending their right to vote

A team of 14 people from the LGBTQI community are training those in charge of El Salvador's electoral process in order to combat discrimination, ahead of the February 28 elections.

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