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Stories about Women & Gender

5 October 2015

Portrait of Nobel Literary Prize Winner Pablo Neruda Sparks Debate About Rape Culture in Chile

Chilean poet Pablo Neruda included an account of a rape in his memoir. Now, an artist reimagines the author's memoir with a new title, "I Confess That I Have Raped."

26 September 2015

Maternal Infanticides, Attempted Suicides Highlight Heavy Burden on Tajik Women

'All this happens because there is no social protection for the population. There is an agency to carry out this function, but it is completely useless.'

22 September 2015

Haitian President's Sexist Comments Remind Caribbean Feminists They Still Have a Long Way to Go

From schoolboy raps to ministerial threats, women across the Caribbean continue to pay the price for speaking out, says the Code Red feminist blog.

21 September 2015

Most Bangladeshi Garment Workers Are Women, But Their Union Leaders Weren't—Until Now

Recent disasters in Bangladesh's garment industry have left hundreds of workers dead or injured. Women workers are taking more of a leadership role in the struggle to unionize.

19 September 2015

Brewing Sake in Japan Is Becoming a Woman's Game—Again

In ancient times, it's said that brewing sake was a women's craft. But for the past few hundred years women have been forbidden from brewing. That's changing in big ways.

13 September 2015

The Promise of Justice Is Receding, Nicaraguan Women Say

Nicaragua passed Law 779 three years ago to protect domestic violence victims. But women say the law since has been watered down, and courts lack the resources to investigate complaints.

12 September 2015

In Northern Thailand, Massage Training Gives Female Prisoners a Second Chance

Every day, a line of customers wait patiently to book massage appointments at the Vocational Training Center. Slots fill up quickly, and many people are told to try again tomorrow.

10 September 2015

Preteen Mother’s Dangerous Labor Revives Concerns About Abortion Rights in Paraguay

Outrage in the wake of an 11-year-old raped by her stepfather being refused an abortion by authorities in Paraguay.

8 September 2015

Ugandan Musician Guvnor Ace's May-December Romance Becomes Fodder for Gossip

A 27-year-old musician, Guvnor Ace, has married a 68-year-old Swedish woman. Was it for love or money? Ugandans can't stop speculating, prompting him to release a song called "Old Woman".

3 September 2015

Postcard from San Salvador: The Subtle Tyranny of Gangs

"It is estimated that there are around 500,000-to-600,000 Salvadorans involved, in one way or another, with the maras (gangs)—about 10 percent of the population."

Zambia's First Lady Faces Accusations of Being a Political ‘Santa Claus’

Opposition leader Edith Nawakwi alleged that Esther Lungu was using the donations and tours in rural Zambia to campaign for her husband ahead of the 2016 presidential and general elections.

1 September 2015

‘Maximizing the Good, Hiding the Bad': How Poverty and Welfare Are Measured in Uzbekistan

In Uzbekistan, poverty has many different faces. Some of them are obscured from view.

28 August 2015

Argentina Has Had Decades of Democracy, So Why Do the Disappearances Continue?

Despite 32 years of democracy, thousands of people—particularly women and young girls—are still unaccounted for in Argentina. And more keep disappearing.

23 August 2015

Afro-Latin American Women Use Social Networks to Commemorate Over a Decade of Struggle

"The situation of women of African descent is a unique one: because of their gender they find themselves even more vulnerable and susceptible to exclusion."

22 August 2015

Guyanese Police Officers Punished for Being Pregnant

Outdated laws in Guyana make it possible for the police service to dismiss female officers who get pregnant while on probation. Could that change sometime soon?

Tourism Poster That Put Jamaica on the Map Gets New Life

What is perhaps the most famous travel poster in world history got a new wave of attention thanks to a recreation by American musician Alicia Keys.

16 August 2015

Bolivian Restaurant Wins Praise for Welcoming Breast-Feeding Moms With Open Arms

Bolivia is reportedly the South American country with the highest proportion of mothers who exclusively breast-feed, but mothers who do so in public don't always find support.

15 August 2015

Painting Nails in Bolivia: A Job but Not a Living

There's no bonus or holidays or health insurance. Nail painters in Bolivia live each day at the mercy of God. How much do they earn? Not enough.

Why Is Gang Rape and Child Rape Skyrocketing in Bangladesh?

Some observers say rape and sexual harassment would rise in parallel with women empowerment since this patriarchal society denies freedom of women.

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