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Stories about Women & Gender

21 June 2019

Bangladeshi surfer girls are pushing back against conservative gender norms

Surfing has not only allowed them to retain a piece of their childhood but they now confidently dream of securing a bright future for themselves – dignified jobs, a good...

19 June 2019

Handcrafting behind bars: Women inmates in Albania create ‘made in prison’ accessories

"I feel like a normal person again. I have been sentenced 3 years in prison and everything was hard, but now you are helping me to see a hopeful life."

13 June 2019

DRC Ebola outbreak spreads to neighboring Uganda, activating rapid preparedness response

Uganda has prepared for this moment: Three confirmed cases activate a strong Ebola response system of detection and prevention. Is this a "public health emergency of international concern"?

11 June 2019

In Tanzania, advocates pressure police to investigate ‘teleza’ rapes and robberies

Women in Kigoma, Tanzania, say armed men have terrorized their communities for years, but little has been done to investigate, arrest or prosecute — until now.

10 June 2019

Argentina resumes the fight for legal abortion with new draft bill

In 2018, Argentina's Senate rejected a bill that would legalize abortion in the South American country. Will it be different this time?

4 June 2019

Jamaica's Reggae Girlz football team ‘strike hard’ to make history

Bob Marley's eldest daughter Cedella saw the team's potential and gave them her support, persuading coach Hue Menzies to volunteer his services. Now, they're at the 2019 FIFA Women's World...

28 May 2019

‘I don't want to be hacked to death!': Kenyans speak out against a spike in murders of women

On May 27, 20 female members of parliament in Kenya launched a campaign against femicide called "Her Life Matters," to raise national consciousness on killings that occur within relationships.

26 May 2019

Meeting a male carpet weaver from Armenia

"When you are professional you do your best. It does not matter whether you are a man or a woman."

25 May 2019

This ‘cholita’ drag challenges gender and folklore stereotypes from the Argentine periphery

"It is not the same to be a white gay [man] from the city than a brown gay [man], with body that is not normative, with an indigenous face..."

24 May 2019

Can’t wait to be married: hundreds of same-sex couples celebrate their weddings in Taiwan

May 24 opens the gates to marriage equality for same-sex couples in Taiwan. Hundreds of couples got married on the island, celebrating social recognition and the end of discrimination.

21 May 2019

Afghanistan's Mina Mangal: ‘A strong, self-made woman’ gunned down in broad daylight

Advox

The prominent journalist-turned-parliamentary advisor hinted that she needed protection. No one stepped in to provide it.

20 May 2019

The beauty of Afro-Peruvian women through Ayleen Díaz's illustrations

"By drawing different body types and different hair textures, I want people to learn how everything is beautiful."

17 May 2019

In Hong Kong, the sexual connotation of Ikea's new tofu ice cream ad creates controversy

"[The ad] generates the image of a woman wishing for her body to be eaten like tofu."

13 May 2019

Pussy Riot's Maria Alyokhina: ‘Even in Russia, social media is still an effective method for uniting people’

RuNet Echo

Masha Alyokhina talks art, activism, and feminism in Russia -- and why a new cold war is coming.

10 May 2019

How the word ‘gender’ became a slur in Bulgaria

Homophobia and transphobia are widespread in Bulgaria, whose government has recently cozied up to the extreme right.

9 May 2019

Is Stella Nyanzi ‘weaponizing the vagina'? Ugandan feminist goes to court in free speech case

Advox

On her quest for good governance, Stella Nyanza is "unflinching in her criticism of the Ugandan government" and unafraid to tackle taboos around sex, gender and LGBT rights.

3 May 2019

The Sri Lanka Niqab ban and the politics of distraction

The Bridge

Ever since the identification of the all-male group of bombers behind the massacre as members of militant group ISIS, Muslim women have borne the brunt.

28 April 2019

#MySkirtMyRight: Women in Madagascar fight sexism and victim-shaming by the government

This incident is merely the catalyst that opens our eyes to the reality: In Malagasy society, violence against women is only the tip of the iceberg.

20 April 2019

In the mountains of northern Azerbaijan, football has become a goal for girls

Impoverished Shaki is a conservative place, but the town's talented girls' football team is emerging as a national powerhouse.

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