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Stories about Women & Gender

19 February 2017

Fleeing the Shells of War, Kachin Civilians Struggle Against Freezing Cold in North Myanmar

Almost 2,000 fled their villages after recent skirmishes between the Kachin Independence Army and the Myanmar army

18 February 2017

Uproar After a Syrian Judge Says Taking a Second Wife Could Fix ‘Spinsterhood’

"[The decreasing number of men] exacerbates the problem and negatively affects young women and families, given the social norms that stigmatize unmarried women, divorcees, or even widows."

15 February 2017

Please Drink in and Inhale These Unusual Superstitions Before You Visit Kyrgyzstan

Pour tea sparingly, wave money at a full moon, burn plenty of pine needles and tell your nightmares to running water.

13 February 2017

Egypt's Religious Reforms Bring Women Preachers to the Pulpit

The Egyptian government is looking to women preachers as part of its campaign to reform religious discourse, but many are unhappy with the move.

Online Documentary Tells Stories of Adolescent Mothers From Bulgaria

"Often, they are given no chance of making their life choice themselves and they are left in the closed loop of illiteracy, un-employment, and poverty."

10 February 2017

Some Hong Kong Parents Are Worried That Their Sons Like Disney Princesses

"2020 is approaching, it is difficult to imagine that only girls can like the color pink. Such stereotypes are so outdated."

9 February 2017

Women in Nepal Are Taking the #RedTikaChallenge to Protest Discrimination Against Widows

"While the color #RED symbolizes the color of life and passion, widows are barred from wearing RED. This is not right. THIS IS OUR RIGHT!"

8 February 2017

Argentina Confronts the Scourge of Women’s Nipples

A police crackdown on three topless women at a beach has sparked a national debate about the gender inequality of the country's recreational dresscode.

Protesters Say Jordanian Law Encourages ‘Honour Killings’ and Must Be Changed

"There are women that are being killed without doing anything wrong, and people are using this law to justify the killing these women."

7 February 2017

Trinidad & Tobago's Prime Minister Says Women Should Choose Their Men More Wisely to Avoid Violence

"As per our usual culture. Let's victim-blame, right? She should've chose[n] better? How about he should've been brought up better?"

‘Tambourine Army’ Gathers Recruits as Jamaicans’ Anger Over Child Sexual Abuse Grows

"I want a different kind of Jamaica for women and girls. And I hope the #TambourineArmy will create that different Jamaica that is needed."

In Trinidad & Tobago, Clamour for Action After Yet Another Woman Is Murdered

"Our women and girls seem to be the major target of crime and assault. We must do something now!"

6 February 2017

Women's Australian Football Competition Bursts onto National Stage at Last

The historic opening weekend of the Women's Australian Football League competition grips the nation.

1 February 2017

Women Facing Violence in Ecuador Vow to Be ‘Silent No More’

In an interview with Global Voices, the co-creators of “Silent No More” explained how they were inspired by other movements in Latin America to rally women to speak up.

31 January 2017

Tabloid Tells Abusers How to Exploit Russia's Decriminalization of Domestic Violence

RuNet Echo

The pro-Kremlin tabloid “Life” shared a bizarre video, titled “He Beats You Because He Loves You,” reviewing the “top five ways to commit domestic violence” and get away with it.

28 January 2017

Goodbye to Buchi Emecheta, Celebrated Nigerian Novelist Who Broke Gender Barriers

"Perhaps Emecheta’s grandest legacy was making us realise that feminism isn’t alien to Africa. She clearly defined African feminism as one that is different from that of the West."

27 January 2017

The Difficult Work of Building an Inclusive, Women-Led Coalition to Resist Trump

"If you want to know if you are going the right way follow women of color, brothers and sisters."

The Struggle to End Female Genital Mutilation in Africa

"If I had previously known what I know today, I would never have circumcised a single woman. We have caused much suffering to many daughters and wives."

23 January 2017

Snapshots of Migrants Working at a Riverside Brickworks in Myanmar

In some cases, children as young as five years of age share in their family’s labor when they really should be playing or studying at school.

Thousands of Women March to Reclaim Public Spaces Across India

Thousands of women across India rally, carrying signs reading, “I will go out,” in a campaign to reclaim their right to public spaces without fear of being attacked.

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