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Stories about Women & Gender

10 February 2016

After Revealing Workplace Sexual Harassment, an Iranian Newscaster Says It's ‘Time to Break Free’

Sheen Shirani has reportedly fled the country after posting evidence on Facebook that her bosses sexually harassed her. The case highlights the precariousness of women's roles in Iran's professional settings.

9 February 2016

Iranian Couples Are Increasingly Living Together Outside of Marriage

A look at why young Iranian couples are choosing to live together unmarried despite going against the law.

7 February 2016

A Young Pakistani Woman Hopes Her Soul-Searching Motorcycle Trip Will Inspire Others

Zenith Irfan describes herself as "a 21-year-old Capricorn on an epic motorcycle journey amongst the terrains of Pakistan with nothing but her free-hearted soul."

6 February 2016

These Speed Drawing Videos Promote Tolerance and Women Empowerment in Indonesia

"With the spread of extremist doctrines targeting vulnerable youth, the need for alternative messages to violent intolerance that celebrate Indonesia’s spirit of pluralism and unity in diversity is increasingly urgent."

5 February 2016

Did Argentina’s New President Just Arrest His First Political Prisoner?

Officially, Sala was arrested on two charges: “inciting criminal behavior” and spreading “disorder” by lobbying cooperatives to oppose the governor's reforms by resisting the state's new requirements.

4 February 2016

Pakistani Women Are Reclaiming Public Spaces, One Teacup at a Time

Pakistani women wage a campaign to carve out their own safe space in a realm where they've not typically been welcome.

Political Interference? The Culling of Japan's Broadcasters Culminates in a Respected Journalist's Ouster

"Pressure from the Abe government? All newscasters critical of the government have been taken off the air, one after the other."

The Movement for Affordable and Accessible Sanitary Napkins in South Asia

In Bangladesh, India and Nepal, efforts are underway to provide women with a sanitary napkin they can afford in order to improve health and remove social stigmas attached to menstruation.

2 February 2016

The Zika Virus Threat Looms Large in the Caribbean

The World Health Organisation has just declared the Zika virus an international public health emergency. Some Caribbean territories have been preparing for it, while others have been slow to mobilise.

1 February 2016

The Dangerous and Complex Reality of Women Who Join Central American Gangs

"...I thought it was the best way that people could defend themselves, by being on the strong side rather than the weak one."

Lampedusa's ‘Lioness’ Giusi Nicolini Wins the 2016 Simone de Beauvoir Award

The 2016 “Simone de Beauvoir Prize" has been awarded to Giusi Nicolini, mayor of Lampedusa and Linosa. She has been called "lioness" “for her brave actions in favour of refugees”

28 January 2016

‘Don't You Touch My Sister': Guinean Citizens Rally Against Rape

Guinean citizens took to the streets and online forums to raise awareness of sexual violence in Guinea.

Japanese TV Personality's Career Demolished After Affair With Married Musician

A relatively tame sex scandal highlights the unforgiving nature of Japan's entertainment industry.

24 January 2016

Ghana’s Market Women Were Once So Powerful They Were Targeted by the Military

Women dominate the trading business, but that power came at a price a generation ago, when the market women were blamed for an economic crisis and their livelihoods destroyed.

Social Media Slams India's Judgmental Journalist

"I wasn’t abused, I wasn’t beaten, I wasn’t molested, I wasn’t raped.” Actor Sunny Leone has moved beyond her porn star past -- why can't the journalist who interviewed her?

20 January 2016

The Caribbean Prepares Itself for ‘Zik-V’ Virus Threat

The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is advising people to protect themselves and even plans to launch a mobile game called Zap-a-‘quito to educate the public.

Caribbean Social Media Dissects the Tangled Outrage Surrounding Cricketer Chris Gayle's Come-On

"The global condemnation of Chris Gayle’s flirting seems over the top [but] the controversy is a welcome reminder that there are lines of propriety that should not be crossed."

A Venezuelan Digital Artist Defends LGBT Rights Despite Social and Political Censorship

Who's behind censorship and why? What happens when old social norms around gender are questioned? Danial Arzola, creator of the campaign 'I'm not a joke', answers these and other questions.

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