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Stories about Women & Gender

19 May 2016

‘Activists’ Attack St. Petersburg Bordellos, Forcing Women to March Nude to Police

RuNet Echo

Only recently freed from prison, one of Russia's most notorious criminals has attacked two suspected bordellos in St. Petersburg, assaulting and humiliating the women inside.

14 May 2016

Lower Castes in India Are Still Clearing Human Waste With Their Bare Hands, Despite Laws Against It

According to a recent report, many rural households in India continue to engage in manual scavenging, finding that it has less to do with poverty than with enduring caste-based discrimination.

13 May 2016

Indonesians Light Candles and Seek Justice for Murdered Teenage Rape Victim

"We're all saddened by the tragic loss of Yuyun. Perpetrators must be arrested and receive maximum punishment. Women and children must be protected from violence."

6 May 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: The Defenders

This week, we take you to Cambodia, Syria, Tajikistan, The Gambia and Colombia

Violence Against Women in Mexico Has Become Dangerously Normalised, One Lawyer Says

"Social media has played a key role in exposing the high rates of violence that Mexican women endure, as well as the silence and machismo that often surrounds it."

5 May 2016

#JusticeforJisha: India Protests the Rape and Murder of a Dalit Woman

"#JusticeForJisha Find the culprits. End victim blaming mindset. Stop feeding the rape culture."

3 May 2016

One Woman's Experience Breaking India's Feminine Ideal—With a Mohawk

"I constantly had to explain myself to others. There were whispers, giggles and derogatory comments: 'She’s gone butch.'"

Trinidad and Tobago Has Qualified for Gymnastics in the Olympics, So Why Aren't People Happier About It?

Hashtags. Online petitions. Lawyer's letters. None of these could save gymnast Thema Williams' dream to compete in the 2016 Olympics, but Trinidad and Tobago will still be represented in Rio.

Kazakhstan's Defence Ministry Shows How the Country's Women in Arms Have Changed Through the Ages

From sword-wielding nomads through commandos toting automatic rifles, women have played their part in defending the country's borders.

1 May 2016

Tajikistan's Prostitutes Are Punch Bags for the Government

"The aim of these lessons is preventing the spread of prostitution among women and ensuring their moral education."

30 April 2016

Portraits From Nepal: Survivors Struggle to Rebuild a Year After the Deadly Quake

The devastating quake hit on April 25, 2015, killing almost 9,000 people and leaving many thousands homeless.

29 April 2016

Meet the Anti-Discrimination Non-Profit Behind the Jamaican Version of a ‘Privilege Walk’

"We believe that everyone, no matter who they are, is deserving of respect. [...] This is necessary in changing the course [of] human rights development in Jamaica."

Tackling Child Marriage in India, One Wedding Tent at a Time

"How can we call ourselves progressive where such evil custom of society thrives."

28 April 2016

Five Cameroonian Data Journalists Take Stock of Paul Biya's 33 Governments

A data journalism project sheds light on all 33 different governing bodies during the Paul Biya administration in Cameroon.

26 April 2016

French Activists Say If You Are Harassed or You See Harassment on the Street, Speak Up

One 2014 study revealed that 85% of women in Paris "have little faith" that anyone would come to their aide if they were assaulted on the metro.

Latin America's Women Confront Sexual Harassment By Sharing Their Stories of Abuse

Over the past few days, tens of thousands of women across Latin America have shared harrowing testimonies of their first (and often not their last) experiences with sexual harassment.

24 April 2016

Three Brave Women Launch Campaign to Encourage Reporting Acts of Sexual Violence in Mexico

With the confidence that "when one of us is touched, we all respond", the "Don't remain silent" campaign encourages reporting acts of sexual violence committed daily against women in Mexico.

Cheers and Jeers as Ugandan Female Researcher Undresses to Get Her Office Back

"Our society really needs to stop objectifying women!We need to understand them through the lens of intellectualism not sexism.#RotAtMISR"

23 April 2016

Jamaica's Christian Conservatives Point Fingers at International Agencies Over Comprehensive Sex Education

"How can [...] advocates and health practitioners who understand the real world and people of faith [...] reach a point of common understanding for the benefit and welfare of all?"

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