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Stories about Women & Gender

17 August 2017

Banning School-Going Mums Probably Won't Reduce Teen Pregnancy in Tanzania

President John Magufuli has chastised NGOs in Tanzania for encouraging teenage mothers to go back to school, stating that they were leading to a state of "moral decay" in Tanzania.

16 August 2017

Global NGOs Call for the Release of Cambodian Land Rights Activist Tep Vanny

“Even though I am in jail, I am handcuffed and I am wearing prison uniform, the reality is that I am forever innocent.”

15 August 2017

Three Generations of Jamaican Textile Artists Reflect Strong Women's Voices

“Unresolved injustices are not acceptable […] With this exhibition, I chose to focus on creating a space for healing, of sanctuaries for those to whom justice has been unrequited.”

13 August 2017

2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize Winner Trinidadian Ingrid Persaud Talks Writing

"When you are not writing, you should be reading. Writers are never off duty."

7 August 2017

A Team of Women Is Unearthing the Forgotten Legacy of Harvard’s Women ‘Computers’

“Yes, look at...modern women who people associate with the space-based sciences, but go back further...They’ve always been there. As long as they could be, they were there.”

6 August 2017

Sexual Harassment and Abuse of Power Threaten the Careers of Many Medical Students in Paraguay

Sexual harassment is a domination strategy that many medical students have had to contend with in one of the most important universities in Paraguay.

Japanese Politician Pressures School Principal About the Use of History Textbook that Explains the ‘Comfort Women’ Issue

‘Why was this textbook selected?’ trended on Twitter after a Japanese politician questioned the selection of a school textbook referencing the ‘comfort women’ issue.

29 July 2017

The African Community Reacts to Emmanuel Macron's Comments on Birth Rates in Africa

"Here is the question that we must ask: is it up to a non-African president to tell our women how many children they should have?"

The Kyrgyz “Dancing Kelin” Protests Early Marriage By Calling Attention to the Harsh Realities of Rural Brides

“Life in the village is round-the-clock work. Brides finish one chore and start another. They work 24/7.”

27 July 2017

What Do Election Results Signal About Women's Political Participation in Iran?

Iranian election results, although mixed, signal hope for an Iran where women’s voices matter on both national and local levels.

In Paraguay, Poverty Creates a Cycle of Women Caring for Other Women's Children

Thousands of Paraguayan women are forced to move to Argentina and Spain as caregivers while leaving their own families behind to be cared for by other women.

26 July 2017

Menstrual Hygiene Products Are Not Luxury Goods: Indian Rural Women Speak Out

Are menstrual hygiene products luxury goods? Women in India are voicing their doubts.

24 July 2017

Jamaica's First Woman Prime Minister Retires Amidst Praise, Criticism — and a Contentious Battle to Succeed Her

"Portia Simpson came to representational politics at the parliamentary level in 1976 when political tribalism and its ugly pickney, political violence, were on the upswing."

El Salvador Rape Victim Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Baby's Death Despite ‘Inconclusive Proof’

In the complex case of Evelyn few seem to notice the main trend regarding women tried for abortion in El Salvador: A punitive and inflexible system for poor women.

22 July 2017

Georgian Women March Against Misogyny and Racism

“I’m not too hopeful that the change will come soon, but we will do our part to push for it.”

19 July 2017

Lost in Translation in Central Asia: Keep it in the Family

'Tuuganchylyk' has already jettisoned two Kyrgyz leaders and their kin into lives of exile. The Trumps clearly weren't paying attention.

18 July 2017

One Year Later: Why the Purges in Turkey Were Always in the Pipeline

The Bridge

"What has happened in Turkey is a tragedy, made even worse by the fact that the loudest voices in the chorus said the wrong things at the wrong time."

16 July 2017

Jamaican Dancehall Star's Instagram ‘Diss’ of Cultural Icon Sparks War of Words

"I feel like this discussion sparked by Ishawna's comment will morph into what aspects of culture/history we should/shouldn't celebrate."

13 July 2017

The Powerful Groups Enabling Sexual Harassment of Paraguayan University Students

Students who report their professors for sexual harassment face a trinity of impunity in the state, the Catholic Church, and academia.

10 July 2017

How Are Boys and Girls Supposed to Sit, Walk, and Dance? An Experiment in India's Gujarat

Pink versus blue, pretty versus brave: the childhood landscape is mined with pernicious gender stereotypes that dictate how we behave as adults.

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