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2 December 2016

Attack on NGO Fighting for Rights of Textile Workers in Macedonia Highlights Dangers to Civil Society

An attack on the premises of an NGO that champions textile workers' rights, has undermined attempts to improve the terrible working conditions in Macedonia's garment industry .

3 November 2016

Hong Kong Introduces Restrictions on High-Rise Window Cleaning to Protect Maids, and Employers Are Upset

"The home is a private domain, but it is also the migrant domestic helper's work space. It is the employer's responsibility to provide an appropriate and safe working environment."

4 October 2016

Women in Poland Go on ‘Black Monday’ Strike Against Proposed Abortion Ban

"I demonstrated today, because I just can't accept the new proposals of the abortion law in Poland. If they go through, the will destroy women's bodies, minds and souls."

2 October 2016

50 Years Later, Protesters in Texas Reenact a Farmworker Strike That Is Scarcely Mentioned in History Books

“People don’t leave their own stories, people don’t leave letters, or diaries, or other types of autobiographies or personal stories.”

15 September 2016

After Months of Protest, Russian Coal Miners Finally Get Paychecks

RuNet Echo

It took a months-long protest and a hunger strike, but miners in Russia’s Rostov region are finally getting paid.

11 September 2016

Commemorating Biljana Garvanlieva, a Macedonian Filmmaker Who Gave Voice to Marginalized Women

"As an engaged documentary author my motivation is to break the existing image about women in Macedonia."

4 September 2016

Singapore’s Foreign Domestic Workers Find Their Voices Online

Rising Voices

"I was traumatized, frightened, and extremely sad. It was good intentions that brought me to work in Singapore and I cannot understand why I was treated so horribly."

3 September 2016

In This Traditional Turkish Candy Shop, a Daughter Takes Her Turn

The Old City of Istanbul has long been a man's world. But inside one fifth-generation candy shop, times are changing.

25 August 2016

Where’s the Outrage Over Iran’s Exploited Children?

"I dream every night that my parents and brothers and sisters are looking for me. I wake up every morning crying."

23 August 2016

A Citizen Journalist in India Took on the Local Government Over Pensions—and Won

"I know how important are a few hundred rupees in an impoverished person’s life. It means food, medicine and security."

Philippine Sugar Farmers Facing Another ’Dead Season’ Turn to Government for Help

Tiempo Muerto, or “The Dead Season,” can be so brutal on farmers that more than a quarter of a million people—a whopping 385,000 sugar workers—are affected on Negros Island alone.

21 August 2016

Nicaragua Has a Cervical Cancer Problem. A Coffee Farm Is Trying to Help.

Nicaragua has the highest cervical cancer death rate in the Americas —and women must face down societal pressure even to get treated.

1 August 2016

In Nike's Ad About Female Athletes in India, Too Much Glamour, Not Enough Names?

"That Nike Ad shows how little we know about female sportsperson or athletes in this country."

19 July 2016

The Lives of Migrant Workers in Thailand's ‘Little Burma’

“But we have no money and no home; how could we go back and survive?”

16 July 2016

The Plague of Human Trafficking Reaches Trinidad & Tobago

In a new report, Trinidad and Tobago has been identified as "a destination, transit, and source country for adults and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor".

4 July 2016

Nurse, Restaurant Owner and Motorbike Taxi Driver: Fatoumata Diaby Is a Symbol of Mali's Resilience

An interview with Fatoumata Diaby, who is breaking gender stereotypes and inspiring others with her entrepreneurial spirit.

30 June 2016

Taiwan's First Airline Strike Inspires Workers in Other Sectors to Reflect on Their Rights

"Today the CAL flight attendants wrote a new page in the history of strikes in Taiwan. I hope this success will not be limited to this class of workers..."

11 June 2016

Quarry Workers in Myanmar Suffer Health Problems, No Compensation

"Most of the workers are internal migrants who return to their homes for treatment when their health problems become unbearable."

9 June 2016

Colorful, Human-Powered Rickshaws Rule the Road in Bangladesh's Capital Dhaka

"...aside from the sound of car-horns, the constant sonic backdrop is a chorus of tinkling bicycle bells and the tin carcases of empty rickshaws rattling over the uneven roads."

19 May 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: The Disappeared

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