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Stories about Women & Gender

23 July 2016

A Russian ‘Lady Cop’: Part Two

RuNet Echo

Earlier this month, Olga Borisova wrote for the website Batenka.ru about her experiences as a police officer. We are publishing her text in three parts. This is the second installment.

22 July 2016

Meet the Two Latin American Women Vying for the United Nations’ Top Job

"Excited that @CFigueres is running for #nextSG. Paris Agreement was an incredible achievement."

A Russian ‘Lady Cop’: Part One

RuNet Echo

Earlier this month, Olga Borisova wrote for the website Batenka.ru about her experiences as a police officer. We are publishing her text in three parts. This is the first installment.

18 July 2016

Meet the Nicaraguan Feminist Group Fighting Gender-Based Violence in Central America

The civic group La Corriente develops “actions that generate changes [for] equality, […] combining research, education, media, and the creativity of a team of people devoted to the feminist cause."

17 July 2016

Azerbaijani Women Watch #IAmNotAfraidToSpeak from the Sidelines

"I do not believe there is one woman [in Azerbaijan] who has not faced harassment or violence."

12 July 2016

‘Our Strength as Women Lies in the Differences Among Us': The Central American Feminist Symposium

"[M]y struggle is filled with energy from all of these marvelous and invigorating women, my commitment has new strength..."

11 July 2016

Ugandan President Appoints Wife, Opposition Leaders to Key Positions

"Just watch out for the total collapse of education in Uganda. This woman has no morals."

9 July 2016

‘Visions From The Inside’ Illustrates the Struggles and Resilience of Migrants Caught in US Detention Centers

Fourteen artists created illustrations based on the testimonies of migrants detained in for-profit detention facilities in the US.

7 July 2016

Afghan Refugees: “Nobody ‘Wants’ to Leave. It Is About Survival.”

"Everybody is leaving Afghanistan. The only people who will be left there are President Ashraf Ghani and [Chief Executive] Abdullah Abdullah!"

6 July 2016

The Radio Soap Opera That Revived a Genre and Put the Ecuadorian Lesbian Community on the Map

“Mariana Is So Lesbian” accomplishes several objectives: reviving a genre, advocating for lesbians' rights, and exploring the experiences of those who lived in Ecuador when homosexuality was still a crime.

An Ivorian Professor Helps a Student Focus on Class by Carrying Her Baby on His Back

"I think that what a teacher does to create social links with their students is just as important as the content of their classes."

5 July 2016

#IAmNotAfraidToSayIt: Ukrainian Social Media Users Break the Silence on Sexual Violence

RuNet Echo

A Facebook hashtag started by a Ukrainian activist is overflowing with users sharing their stories and experiences of sexual harassment, sexual violence, and domestic violence.

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.

2 July 2016

Will This ‘Toilet Cleaning’ Conflict Between Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan Ever Stop?

"Yes, maybe we clean toilets, but it is honest work [...] We are just feeding our families and we make a big contribution to Kyrgyzstan's economy."

1 July 2016

Massive Nude Photo Leak Raises Issue of Online Protection Laws in Trinidad & Tobago

Global Voices Advocacy

Police suspect the leak is part of an online pornography ring, and that some of the photographs are being sold.

28 June 2016

The Men Behind Moscow's Hidden Bathroom Cameras and the Woman Who's Fighting Back

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo translates a new investigative report by the Russian independent news channel TV Rain about a network of hidden cameras operating in women's restrooms throughout Moscow.

5 Accounts From Female Political Prisoners That Recall the Horrific Torture Under Brazil’s Military Dictatorship

A confessed torturer was recently praised in Brazil's Chamber of Deputies, creating an opening for the group of people who support or minimize state crimes committed during the 21-year dictatorship.

26 June 2016

Manila's Pride March Advocates to “End the Hate and Let Love In”

"This year, we need everyone to come together and advance the campaign for love. We call on all Filipinos to let love into their homes, communities, and the whole country."

25 June 2016

Nature, Gender Identity, and Other Things You Learn Filming a Documentary in Mexico on the Banks of the Usumacinta River

A Spanish documentary filmmaker followed two members of a El Remolino community, whose stories involved personal journeys, struggles with nature, and grappling with their own sexual identities.

23 June 2016

It Turns Out Venezuelan Women Don’t Appreciate Being Lectured by a High-Ranking Official’s Wife

When Diana D'Agostino disparaged the women supporting the government, calling them “poorly dressed, dirty, or walking around without makeup,” she doesn't seem to have anticipated the public's response.

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