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Stories about Women & Gender

2 December 2016

Dismantling Patriarchy at the Roots – One Video, One Conversation at a Time

Why are the aspirations of young girls’ treated differently from those of young boys? Why are girls prepared for housework from an early age and boys are allowed to play?

Attack on NGO Fighting for Rights of Textile Workers in Macedonia Highlights Dangers to Civil Society

An attack on the premises of an NGO that champions textile workers' rights, has undermined attempts to improve the terrible working conditions in Macedonia's garment industry .

30 November 2016

Alipay’s New App Abuses Personal Data and Reinforces China's Class Divisions, Critics Say

Global Voices Advocacy

"Even if the company needs to expand into social media, it should use a better means rather than being so shameless."

28 November 2016

Bold Film About an Indian Woman's Sexual Awakening Accused of Pardoning Pedophilia

"In a country where women and kids are often subjected to violent crimes, this normalization of an aggressive act becomes even more problematic."

27 November 2016

White Ribbon Campaign Enjoins Singaporean Men to Reject Gender Violence

"We need a culture of equality, not disrespect. As an athlete, I want everyone to know that strength does not mean dominance and aggression."

In Afghanistan, Women's Rights Still Struggle to Take Root

"Being delivered into this world by someone brain-defected, the deputy to the Kabul clerical council must himself be without a brain."

23 November 2016

Brazilian Activists Outsmart Facebook's Censorship of the Female Nipple

Global Voices Advocacy

"What are the real differences between one portrait and another? What is offensive in one nipple that isn't in the other?"

22 November 2016

Paraguayan Women Face Uphill Battle Against Violence, and the State Isn’t Much Help

In light of current legislation that could allow for a frontal assault against the abuse of Paraguayan women, Kurtural gathered testimonies and reflections regarding abuse, institutional aloofness, and society's burden.

18 November 2016

A Mother’s Fight for Her Son Exposes Lebanon’s Institutionalized Sexism

Fatima Ali Hamze was arrested for refusing to give up custody of her son, sparking what could signal a new women's rights movement in Lebanon.

14 November 2016

She Misses Being a Guerrilla, but This Former FARC Fighter Is Starting a New Life Back Home

Xiomara picked up a gun and joined the FARC at age 14. Like thousands of other women, she is now figuring out how to leave that life behind.

13 November 2016

In Paraguay, Many of the Country's Poorest Girls Undergo Slavery Just to Receive an Education

Despite laws, a supposedly free educational system and agreements to protect children, many girls from Paraguay's poorest communities must submit themselves to "criadazgo" in order to access formal education.

9 November 2016

Who Is Duterte? Into the Deep Podcast

He’s called US President Obama a son of a whore. His war on drugs has killed thousands. But that’s only half the story when it comes to Philippines President Duterte.

6 November 2016

Shehzil Malik Draws the Harassment She Experiences on Pakistan's Streets

“Seeing a woman outside should be normal...It shouldn’t matter. But the fact that it does means this conversation needs to happen."

3 November 2016

Russian ‘Sex Evangelist’ Wants Women to Be Honest About Faking Orgasms

RuNet Echo

Built around the hashtag #честныйоргазм (“#HonestOrgasm”), the new campaign by “sex evangelist” Elena Rydkina encourages women to share life stories about times they faked orgasms to please partners.

Indian Shooter Heena Sidhu Says ‘No’ to Iran's Hijab Rule, and Social Media Rallies Behind Her

"Heena Sidhu pulls out of the Asian Airgun Championships in Iran because of a compulsory hijab rule. A ridiculous rule. And, a brave stance."

28 October 2016

Rural Women in Northern India Are Challenging Patriarchy by Removing Their Veils

"If women want to wear veil let them. If they do not want to wear veil let them. It is [as] simple as that."

27 October 2016

After a Well-Known Artist's Tragic Death, Taiwan's LGBT Community Demands Marriage Equality

"Don't just pay lip service to "equal rights for the LGBT community". Words are empty! As long as same-sex marriage is not legalized, it means nothing!"

21 October 2016

An Indigenous Woman Could Be a Presidential Candidate in Mexico Two Years From Now

The extreme Mexican left hints at nominating an indigenous woman for the 2018 presidential election. Meanwhile, in Chiapas, women are forced to renounce their positions because of their gender.

20 October 2016

How the Women of a Conflict-Affected Village in Georgia Waged a Battle Against Gender Stereotyping

"Sometimes they would joke: 'You are from the office of unmarried women, right?'"

19 October 2016

A Social Media About-Face in Trinidad & Tobago Highlights the Complexity of Domestic Violence

"The fact that she’s decided to return to that relationship […] means she can be seduced by affection and scared of retribution, like all human beings."

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