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· September, 2008

Stories about Women & Gender from September, 2008

Saudi Arabia: No to Fashionable Abayas

Mosan Mosan, from Kuwait, writes about a crackdown by Saudi authorities on fashionable Abayas (black cloaks worn by women) ahead of Eid – a celebration which marks the end of...

Libya: Diaspora and Difficult Times

Two young Algerian sisters were killed in the UK. Anglo-Libyan explains how families in the diaspora come together at such difficult times.

Jamaica: Power Struggle

“Portia Simpson-Miller…represents to the elite and middle class in Jamaica what Obama represents to white, bible-thumping, gun-toting mainstream America. Which is worse I wonder: To be black (socially speaking) in...

Kyrgyzstan: Head of Central Election Commission resigns

Genderstan reports that Klara Kabilova, former head of the Central Election Commission of Kyrgyzstan, made a statement about receiving threats from Maksim Bakiev, son of President Kurmanbek Bakiev. In her...

Japan: The psychology of prostitution, and why it should be legalized

id:fromdusktildawn delves into the the roots and social context of prostitution [ja], arguing that by looking down on women who work in the sex industry, men offload feelings of guilt...

D.R. Congo: Legislator faces rape allegations

Congolese blogger Alex Engwete [Fr] calls for a major politician to step down, amid accusations he raped a 12 year-old girl [Fr].

Morocco: Rural Women

Peace Corps volunteer Duncan Goes to Morocco explains what life is like for women in the rural community where he lives.

Indonesia: Breastfeeding campaign

Everything Indonesia blogs about a breastfeeding campaign in Indonesia

Malaysia: Molotov cocktail thrown at politician's house

A molotov cocktail was thrown at the house of Malaysian politician Teresa Kok. She condemned the act and attributed the “despicable act to certain media groups and blogs that have...

Jamaica: Child Missing

After an eleven year-old girl goes missing in Kingston, Abeng News Magazine examines the plight of Jamaica's children: “With no inclination to tackle the complexity of the issues involved and...

Jamaica, Senegal: Wife Beater

“The worse it gets for Bara, the worse it gets for his wife”: Jamaican diaspora blogger Stet tells the story of a wife beater in Senegal.

Barbados, Jamaica, U.S.A.: Political Issues

Living in Barbados says that the recent battle for leadership in Jamaica's opposition party proves “that the overlapping values of candidates’ religion, race, gender, class, colour, speech, perceived intelligence and...

U.S.: Russian Woman's View of a U.S. Church

Russian History Blog translates a U.S.-based Russian woman's tirade about a local church she has to attend because she “[wants] to please [her] husband.”

China: Infant Formula Scandal Highlights Decline in Breastfeeding

Health authorities in China reported this week that nearly 53,000 children have become sick after consuming tainted infant formula. As the effects of these contaminated dairy products become more widespread,...

Bulgaria: A New Blog

Petya of Bighead announces a new blog project: How to Marry a Bulgarian.

Poland, U.S.: Ancient Kings and Presidential Candidates

The beatroot muses on what's considered “politics” in the United States and Poland.

Jordan: Honour Crimes Condoned

From Jordan, Naseem Tarawanah gives us a shocking preview of honour crimes in his country, where judges seem to condone such actions.

Jamaica: Post-Portia

“The whole class battle is already history and vanishes with Portia. Still, we will hear about it as long as Portia is leader of the PNP…”: Jamaica and the World...

Ukraine: MTV and Domestic Violence

Natalia Antonova links to her piece on GlobalComment about “MTV Ukraine and the normalization of domestic violence.” LJ user maryxmas has translated Antonova's text into Ukrainian; a Russian translation is...

Jamaica: Portia Prevails

Both Active Voice and My View of JamDown from Up So blog about former Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller's victory over “the unprecedented leadership challenge by long-time party stalwart Dr....

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