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· February, 2007

Stories about Women & Gender from February, 2007

Egypt: What If Anna Nicole Smith was Egyptian?

  28 February 2007

Freedom for Egyptians wonders what if Anna Nicole Smith was Egyptian! “This woman was into the playboy world of fame, however there was no one single story judging her based on morality, religion or ethics…There are three men who are claiming to be the daughter’s father. This means that the...

Egypt: Nawal Al Saadawi Show

  28 February 2007

Egyptian blogger Zeinobia accuses Egyptian feminist and writer Dr Nawal Al Saadawi of coming up with an annual gimmick to ensure her name remains in the news. “(I)n 2004 she wanted to be a president ,in 2006 she came and her daughter with the new idea that people to be...

Japan: Hokkaido woman is violent?

  28 February 2007

Mari blogs some statistics about domestic violence in Hokkaido, 2.5% came from the husbands. The blogger comments that “because of their equality of the sexes idea, we might think Hokkaido men would use counseling more easily than men in other areas.“

Egypt: Has Sadawi Escaped?

  27 February 2007

Egyptian blogger Sandmonkey is wondering about whether writer and feminist Nawal Al Saadawi is ever returning to Egypt here. “There are rumors floating around that Nawal el Seadawy, the prominent egyptian femenist, had escaped Egypt to Belgium and then the US after she was charged with dsidain for religions. She...

Saudi Arabia: The Birth of a New Blogger

  27 February 2007

Saudi Stepford Wife is Saudi Arabia's latest female blogger to start ranting to the world. “I'm venting about issues I encounter from my perspective and through the filter of all my different roles in life; woman, wife, mother, educated professional, etc,” she writes. Stay tuned for her posts.

Free Kareem: Egyptian Bloggers Speak Out

  25 February 2007

The sentencing of Egyptian blogger Kareem Nabeel Sulaiman to four years in prison for articles he wrote in his personal blog may have come as a shock to many around the world, but for Egyptian bloggers the lesson is just too close to home for comfort. Kareem was sentenced by...

Iraq – Life, Death, Rape and Execution

  25 February 2007

Stories of life in Iraq have been so varied this past week. In this post I hope to give a cross section on how life is for Iraqis in a world of violence and general insecurity. My condolences go out to Konfused Kid whose uncle, the only Shia in the...

Israel: Equality at Western Wall?

  22 February 2007

Israeli blogger Rahel literally shows us where women stand at free bar mitzvah services at the Western Wall, offered by the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, here. “The Western Wall Heritage Foundation offers free bar mitzvah services at the Western Wall. Nice of them. What do they offer to girls who...

Rigoberta Menchu as Candidate?

  21 February 2007

Rigoberta Menchu 1992 Nobel Laureate by “ladyloneranger“ In the early 20th century, the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo quit wearing her Western clothes to adopt a more indigenous appearance, showing her heritage with pride, not in the genetic sense, since she was not indigenous at all, but with the pride of...

India: On maps, thumbs and sexual harrasment

  20 February 2007

Known Turf on a recent exercise with the Blank Noise Project. Helping map experiences of street harassment in Delhi. “This was the idea. Mapping the city. Getting women to fill in the blanks – create their own letters to strangers, based on their own experiences. Involving them in ways that...

Saudi: Man Kills Wife

  20 February 2007

Whisper of Madness posts a link to a video, allegedly showing a Saudi man pushing his wife from the third floor. The woman reportedly died later in a hospital in Jeddah.

India: Microfinance in Rajasthan and Maharashtra

  19 February 2007

Trivial Matters has a wonderful photo-essay on rural microfinance and microenterprise in Rajasthan. “The women inside of the mud walled room are filled with a new found sense of empowerment: through their small self help co-operative they have successfully found a voice and a hand to change the society they...

Deadwood cabinet stokes the fire of public ire in Zimbabwe

  19 February 2007

Facing unrelenting pressure for change, Zimbabwe's beleagured leader, Robert Mugabe, reshuffled his cabinet two weeks ago, but did little to aleviate the suffering of a nation that has been ravaged by a porous leadership and failing economy. The reshuffle, which wasn't much of a reshuffle, only saw one minister dismissed,...

Touring Libyan Blogs

  19 February 2007

Equality among sexes in Libya? Yes, because now you have to pay attention to Libyan female pickpockets! This is what Khadijateri discovered yesterday when she went into a shop to buy some clothes. But Khadijateri was lucky indeed as she realized what was happening and used common sense. “Now, I...

A Week Goes by in Kuwait

  17 February 2007

From a new movie to a naming special day after a popular soft drink (pop for Americans) to creating Kuwait's very own supermarket brand. These were some of the conversations going on at the Kuwaiti blogospehere last week. K TheKuwaiti talks about a new movie Sharq that is produced in...

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