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Stories about Women & Gender

14 June 2018

On being black in the white-dominated aid industry

The Bridge

"...the responses of other black women in the sector about the mental gymnastics and marginalization one has to engage in to survive were all too familiar."

7 June 2018

‘It's not life's plan. It's machismo': Outrage in Peru over 22-year-old woman's murder

"We convene ourselves for Eivy, for all of us. We'll take the streets to protest against a sexist system that dehumanizes us..."

5 June 2018

Boycott against Argentinian musician in France sparks debate on cultural appropriation

The cancellation of Argentinian reggaeton singer Romina Bernardo by Black French activists open the door to discussions about appropriation that had so far had little space online.

16 May 2018

Japanese high school girls wear badges warning would-be train gropers: ‘I'm not going to take it!

"We want the idea that 'you must have been doing something to attract a chikan' to stop!"

12 May 2018

Despite support for the #MeToo movement in Pakistan, a culture of silence still prevails

"There must be consequences for those who choose to abuse and not to comply... We say to the women who are speaking up: we hear you, we are with you."

9 May 2018

Hijabs and mini-skirts: What not to wear in Tajikistan

Tajikistan issued a pictorial guide showing the "recommended" dress for women, and promised to do the same for men as well.

7 May 2018

‘Get involved in your communities': An American woman who fought for justice urges stronger activism

"I think the police need to be held accountable. Without accountability, there is no justice. That’s the biggest problem, no one is ever accountable."

‘I wanted my grandchildren to grow up in that house': Testimony of a 61-year-old Syrian woman from Zamalka

The Bridge

I wanted my grandchildren to grow up there, so that they would add to that home a new life, just like every generation of our ancestors did. 

5 May 2018

Hazara women end hunger strike against targeted killings after Pakistan army chief agrees to talks

"We demand that the Chief of Army Staff...must come to Quetta dressed as a civilian and listen to the cries of the 3,000 widows and 10,000 orphans"

1 May 2018

In Spain, the “la manada” sexual assault case verdict triggers mass protests

"A group of five men cornered and raped a woman, and then filmed and shared it. However, the courts decided that it was not a rape."

28 April 2018

Women's Voices in Mexico: “Having your voice heard is a revolutionary act”

Rising Voices

"We are looking at how gender affects the way that our stories are told, constructing narratives and using technology to make the transformative role we play more visible."

20 April 2018

8-year-old Asifa's heinous rape and murder in India fans the flames of nationalism

"Asifa is not 'just the face of a child'; she symbolizes the violence her community faces."

16 April 2018

Magdalene magazine gives a platform to women and other marginalized sectors of Indonesia

Rising Voices

"We channel the voices of feminists, pluralists and progressives, or just those who are not afraid to be different, regardless of their genders, colors, or sexual preferences."

12 April 2018

Forced Onto Live TV With Her Employer, a Migrant Domestic Worker in Lebanon Recants Claims of Abuse

One group for migrant domestic workers demanded after the episode that Lensa be removed from her employer’s house "to a place where she is no longer in fear of retribution."

#GirlsOnBikes: Women Ride Bicycles To Reclaim Public Spaces in Pakistan

"We wish to encourage each other to participate in this collective movement to assert our right to navigate public spaces on our own terms."

11 April 2018

New Sexual Harassment Accusations Against Professor Jorge I. Domínguez Spark Heated Online Debate

"...it seems incredible that, at this point, our testimony is still put into question."

Brazil's Black Population Dominates Popular Politics, But Remains Left Out From Government

Brazilian scholar Flávia Rios reflects on achievements and challenges in the struggle for racial and gender equality.

8 April 2018

With the Election of Its First Afro-Descendant Vice President, Costa Rica Takes a Step Forward in the Fight Against Racism

“It is a way of reclaiming not only the Costa Rican black community, but the entire black community of Latin America."

4 April 2018

Education Against the Odds: How a Student and Mother from Afghanistan’s Central Highlands Stole Social Media's Heart

"Twenty years from now, that child will see this photo in a better Afghanistan."

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