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· July, 2008

Stories about Women & Gender from July, 2008

Russia: Sexual Harassment

FP's Passport reports on one Russian judge's view of sexual harassment.

Saudi Arabia: Is Divorce an Easy Word?

With divorce rates soaring to an all new high in Saudi Arabia, Saudi blogger 3abira Sabeel [Ar] asks: “Has divorce become such an easy word?” Amira Al Hussaini translates 3abira's...

Russia: Prostitution To Be Legalised?

LJ user mbpolyakov discusses (RUS) proposals and rising support for legalising prostitution in Russia.

Ukraine: Protests Against Image as a “Brothel of Europe”

The Turkish Invasion writes about a demonstration in Kiev, staged by a women's student organisation, in protest against the widespread image of Ukraine as a “brothel-state and bridebasket of Europe.”

Haiti: Act 3, Scene 2

“It has been fascinating to follow. And we are thankful that we are now watching Scene 2 unfold, while not really certain of its outcome”: jmc strategies is watching the...

Thailand: Transvestite toilets

A school in Northeastern Thailand has introduced “transvestite toilets” for male students who choose to dress as females. Connecting the dots criticizes the new toilets.

China: Naked Beach Proposal

Li Yinhe comments on the naked beach proposal in Zhuhai. Oppositional views said that naked beach is immoral and at odd with Chinese culture. The blogger also feels that the...

Arabeyes: Head Over Heels for Muhannad

A strange phenomenon has gripped the Arab world and Arabs seem to agree on something. It is an infatuation with a Turkish soap opera, dubbed in Arabic, and its stunning...

Bahrain: A Woman in a Workplace

“I pledge, as a woman in a workplace – mostly dominated by men who smell either like cheap cigarettes, cheap cologne, hardcore armpit odour -to maintain my good deeds and...

Egypt: A Man's Views on Sexual Harassment in Egypt

In a series of posts tackling sexual harassment in Egypt, Marwa Rakha sheds light on a male Egyptian blogger's interpretation of what is really happening on the ground. "The Sex...

Mourning a sexually harassed Egypt – Part 2

Reuters published survey on sexual harassment in Egypt is still stirring angry responses from Egyptian bloggers. Marwa Rakha sheds light on more reactions in this post.

Jordan: The Business of Marriage

“Marriage, is just like anything else in this life. It's a partnership that has assets, partners, resources, expenses, rights, obligations, expectations, challenges, competition, ethics, rules, standards, planning, customers and profit....

Lebanon: Women's Rights

“I remember a friend of mine… who was quite worried during the latest armed confrontations… because her estranged husband won’t give her permission to take the children out of the...

Trinidad & Tobago: Question Time

“So as to avoid heartache, stress, stalking or late night non-returning of flaky text messages,” Trinidadian blogger Attillah Springer has compiled a must-read questionnaire for potential dates.

Aghanistan: Police Violence

The Rumi reports that a 13 years old girl was raped by five policemen after torturing her family inside their house in central city of Sare-Pol province, northern part of...

Indonesia: Divorce cases increasing

Indonesia Matters reports that divorce cases are up in Indonesia with more women initiating the divorce. Adultery is still the top reason for divorce but it is interesting to note...

India: Co-eds and Convents

Bohemian Rhapsody on the the value of getting educated at a co-ed over a convent school.

Kosovo: Miss Kosovo at Miss Universe

Douglas Muir of A Fistful of Euros reports that the Miss Universe pageant “accepted Kosovo as a country, and […] Miss Kosovo made it into the top ten. (To be...

Nigeria: Much ado about nudity

Fadekemi at ConnectAfrica comments on a recent bill proposal to prohibit and punish nudity in Nigeria, among other offences: “Nigeria is Africa’s most populous nation […] faced with so many...

Nepal: Women and Democracy

Anbika's DiGi Home questions how the democratic setup in Nepal can be called inclusive without women playing a crucial role.

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