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· April, 2006

Stories about Women & Gender from April, 2006

Iran: Virginity Matters!

IranJensy (Persian) says virginity of a girl is so important in Iranian society. Blogger asks how men, who have had sex with many women can expect the girls have no...

Pulse of the Saudi Blogosphere

Football and ice hockey, hijab and fatwas, bloggers meetups, and much much more from the Saudi blogosphere this week. Let's go… Starting with Swalfy, who did not seem so surprised...

China: Porn's subversive forms

Remember Guangzhou sex blogger Mu Zimei who got shut down and fired in late 2003 after the world took notice? She's in Beijing now, and Jeremy Goldkorn at Danwei has...

India: Violence against women

Megha writes on violence against women and lists out signs to watch for. (Trigger: Violence)

India: The Young Working Woman

The dilemmas of being a young working woman in India Iat genderbenders.

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Violence against women

Abeni cites some alarming rape statistics from St. Vincent, and stumbles upon a web site organised by a group of men seeking to “raise their own and the community's consciousness...

DRC: convictions for rape

Adventures of an Armchair Traveller reports on the conviction of “seven former Mouvement Pour la liberation du Congo (MLC) (or Armed Forces of the DR Congo (FARDC)) soldiers of the...

African women this week.

Congratulations to Kenyan women bloggers who have won Kenya Unlimited Kaybee awards 2006. Mshairi for best poetry blog; Gussaurus for best new blog and most interactive blog; Mama's Junkyard for...

DRC: sexual violence

Congo Watch has a report on the ongoing sexual violence in the DRC – some horrific stories.

Sri Lanka: Gay Pride in Colombo

Colombo gets an opportunity to be proud. Portrait on the Gay Pride in the city – “Colombo pride is going to happen over a week beginning on the 21st of...

Moldova: High School Physics Class

Peter Myers of Adventures in Moldova writes about his experience of visiting an “under-attended” high school physics class in Moldova: “Grigore Fyodorovici lamented to me after school about the fact...

Slovenia: Sex Tourists Disappointed

Michael of The Glory of Carniola compiles quotes about Slovenia from disappointed sex tourists: to them, the country is too quiet and expensive, too well-integrated into the EU.

Kenya: Sexual Offences Act

Feminist African Sister is outraged that activists are having to lobby some Kenyan parliamentarians on the passing of the Sexual Offences Act. “Because, in my book the only reason one...

Voices of African women – this week

Fleur writes about the harrowing case of 7 soldiers sentenced to life for rape and crime against humanity for the rape of 119 underage girls in Congo. The government of...

Russia: Sexist Beer Ad and Subway Laws

Megan Case takes a picture of a sexist beer ad in a St. Petersburg subway train – and gets fined for doing it. Konstantin Dlutskiy of Russian Marketing Blog comments...

India: Disability and Abortion

Inkspill poses a tough question and an interesting discussion follows in the comments space – “does aborting a disabled foetus mean you are not sympathetic to the disabled and you...

Iraq: Miss Iraq Resign

What is the second hardest to find in Iraq after the “prime minister”? It is a “Beauty Queen,” Sabbah said. On April 9, Tamar Goregian, a Christian woman, made history...

Pulse of the Saudi Blogosphere

It had been a relatively quiet week in the Saudi blogosphere this week. However, several good posts can be found by bloggers from inside the country, and also by those...

Imagining Ourselves

Kenyan Pundit writes on a project called “Imagining Ourselves” which is “a platform for young women to create positive change in their lives, their communities, and the world.”

Kenya: Yet another rape poem

Gukira has an excellent commentary on violence against women and rape in particular. He asks why there are so many rape poems written…”.For these rape poems, whatever their formal merits,...

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