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Stories about Women & Gender

21 November 2015

Women Recognized for Their Contributions to Sports

The International Olympic Committee recognized public figures and organizations that have promoted the participation of women in all areas of sports.

19 November 2015

Who's Afraid of Simone de Beauvoir? How a National Exam Had Millions of Brazilians Talking About Gender

Feminists celebrated the national university entrance exam as it asked people to write about the persistence of violence against women. It was a sad day for the trolls.

17 November 2015

When You're a Single Woman in the Emirates, but You Still Want a Child

“Even the married people, they don’t talk about adoption. I talk about it because I have a message for my society…[adoption] is the most important thing for society to accept.”

16 November 2015

International Tribunal Reopens Indonesia's ‘Forgotten Genocide’

The Indonesian government is accused of orchestrating an anti-communist purge that killed at least half a million people. What kind of reconciliation is possible today?

13 November 2015

Thousands March Against Gender Violence in Spain

Even at a moment like this, after such a display of support from the public, feminists are hardly celebrating. Just days after the mass protest, crime stats are rising again.

Calls to Sack New Zealand House Speaker Over Sexual Assaults Fiasco

"Trivalising rape is easy, coming forward is hundreds times harder #SackTheSpeaker #HoldKeyAccountable"

12 November 2015

Where's the Outrage Over Mass Rape in War-Torn South Sudan?

The brutal sexual attacks are not indiscriminate. Rape is being used as a weapon of war in the country's civil war.

11 November 2015

Trinidad and Tobago’s Crime-Solving Facebook Users Are Back, and So Is the Controversy of Policing Domestic Violence

Back in action are the crime-solving citizens of the so-called 'Facebook Division' of the police. This time, they're after a man who beat his partner with a steel pipe.

9 November 2015

‘How Can We Believe Tomorrow It Is Not Our Turn?': Outrage Over 19-Year-Old Afghan Woman's Stoning

"When you see Rokhshana's stoning video you hate yourself as a man. You hate yourself as a human being."

When Were You Sexually Harassed for the First Time? Brazilian Women React to Online Violence

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Social networks are increasingly filled with hate speech. This alarming phenomenon, however, is being countered by creative, irreverent, and organized women's groups online.

8 November 2015

Music Was the Path to Financial Independence for This Indian Woman

Tritha Sinah fronts the band Tritha Electric. Growing up in Kolkata she says music was her way to financial independence and liberation.

7 November 2015

Shiseido's Gender-Bending Commercial

Japanese cosmetic company Shiseido has produced a gender-bending commercial that is turning heads.

3 November 2015

Meet the Flourishing Muslim Community in Buenaventura, Colombia

Almost 300 Colombian families of African descent converted to Islam 40 years ago as a form of empowerment in the face of marginalization.

These Paintings Depict the Indigenous Peoples’ Struggle Against Exploitation in the Philippines

The Philippines has an estimated 14 million indigenous peoples. The majority are living in remote villages threatened by destructive mining, development aggression, and militarization.

Australia's Michelle Payne Becomes First Female Jockey to Win Melbourne Cup

"But I gave it everything I got. I want to say to everyone else get stuffed, they think women aren't strong enough but we just beat the world."

29 October 2015

A Tale of Two Presidents, an Audacious Kidnap Attempt and Misogyny in Turkish Football

"If we will die, we will die like a man, we will not live like a woman. Nobody has the power to make us live like a woman."

28 October 2015

How Poor Service Turned Into Slut Shaming in Trinidad & Tobago

"The victim (and yes, she is a victim) is a grown woman who has every right to use her personal property in any legal way she saw fit."

26 October 2015

Red Dresses Keep the Memory of Canada’s Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women Alive

Installation art project the REDress Project seeks to draw attention to the injustice faced by Canada's Aboriginal women: about 1,200 Aboriginal women have been murdered or gone missing since 1980.

25 October 2015

Transgender Activist's Death Shows That Argentina’s Fight Against Gender Violence Is Far From Over

Hate crimes and gender violence are once again in the spotlight after the death of a prominent fighter for transgender rights in Argentina.

The Story of an Ethiopian Girl Who Fought Abduction, and the Lawyers Who Saved Her Life

"Difret" means "courage" in the Amharic language. A new film by that name tells the story of an Ethiopian girl who was kidnapped by men to enforce a "traditional" marriage.

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