Stories about Women & Gender from May, 2006
South Africa: Women in the academy
Singing South Africaness comments on the tendency for moview to portray female professors as old maids and goes on to discuss women in the academy and why so many fit this stereotype..
Sudan: Women prisoners released
Sudanese Thinker reports that the Sudanese government has ordered the release of all women imprisoned for brewing illegal alcohol.
South Africa: Anthology of lesbian writings
Acoustic Motorbike reviews a newly released Anthology of writings from South African lesbians entitled. “Sometimes X, Sometimes Y” which she describes as “It is a beautiful, moving anthology of personal stories of South African lesbians. There is poetry, stories, letters and autobiography. The anthology deals with issues of coming out,...
Nepal: Sujata Koirla
Nepali Netbook profiles a daring woman Sujata Koirla and her role in Nepali politics – “Perhaps the most controversial woman during Nepal’s 1990-2002 brush with democracy, she went on to become one of the fiercest critics of King Gyanendra’s direct rule. Her daring escape from Kathmandu after the Feb. 1,...
Cambodia: Promotion Girl
Vutha in Cambodia looks at the life of Promotion Girls – girls hired to sell products in streetside cafes and markets.
India: Women and Helplines
Smita has a positive experience with a helpline for women, as some fellow passengers in the bus seem to need more than just gentle nudging.
Serbia & Montenegro: Photos of the Missing Albanians of Kosovo
Doug Muir of A Fistful of Euros writes about a wall of photos of 2,000 missing Albanians next to the government building in Pristina, Kosovo, the story behind these photos and their significance: “Kosovo: just because nobody’s paying attention, doesn’t mean it’s gone away.”
Japan: Love, death and money
Japundit‘s JP summarizes the details in one of the hottest news stories in Japan right now, one “that involves deception, betrayal, greed, murder and many of the other trappings of a soap opera” and revolves around 45 million yen, a dead Japanese man and his Filipina beneficiary. “I saw her...
African women’s voices this week
Now and again, the question ‘where are African women bloggers?’ is asked by people who, despite the proliferation of African women’s blogs and the weekly updates on Global Voices, do not seem to be aware that African women are blogging and have been doing so for several years. For people...
Haiti: Mother's Day
“In Haiti May 28 is a day of celebration of Haitian mothers,” says blogger (Fr) AyitiCherieConnexion. “I'd like to say: Happy Mothers’ day to all the women of Haiti, whether they are rich or poor, whether they are from the countryside, from the cities or from the mountains. After all,...
Senegal: Conversations on Drowned Migrants
Senegalese blogger Seckasysteme has been keeping a close eye on thousands of migrants from Senegal who have attempted to reach Europe on clandestine rafts since the beginning of the year. Last week the blogger explained that 23 migrant hopefuls had been intercepted by Senegalese authorities on their way to the...
What do Bloggers say about Rural India?
While reading different blogs, I have often read that in India blogging reflects a very middle class mindset. So, I thought even if it is true what do Indian blogs say about the issues that are not typically middle class or about urban India. Dilip at Death Ends Fun in...
Up close with Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
One of Africa's most powerful women
Zambia: violence against women
Zambian blog, Real Life of a Journalist writes on “the undeniable fear of men by women“Men that inflict suffering through pain or other forms of abuse on women only show their level of fear of womens power over them. Most abusers are cowards and liars, wanting to project an image...
Somalia: Appeal by Women
Marians Blog posts an appeal made by Somali women in 2004 – reminding us once again of the impact of conflict on women and the role women play in nation building but still remain disenfrancised.
Argentina: “Northern soul, boobs, and comics”
Liz Henry introduces the Argentine feminist blog Pescado Rabioso [ES].
China: Blogger beauty pageant
The winner of a recent blogger beauty pageant which wrapped up in Beijing earlier this month walked away with $10,000 in prizes and all the fans she could ever want. “[T]he girls were judged on number of votes they received online, the quality (creativity, originality) of their blog posts, blog...
Zimbabwe: Arrest of WOZA members
This is Zimbabwe reports on the arrest of 4 women members of WOZA on Monday by Zimbabwean security forces.
Russia: “Russophiles and Reality”
Megan Case muses on what it's like to be a female Russophile living in Russia.
North Korea: Comfort women escape
Two questions from reading posts from Joshua and James J. Na today at The Korea Liberator: Do comfort women still exist in North Korea today? Does Kimchi cause cancer?