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· October, 2008

Stories about Women & Gender from October, 2008

Albania: “Sworn Virgins”

Balkan File links to a BBC story on “Albanian women who became men, not as transsexuals, but because the man of the house had died, leaving a mother alone with...

Serbia: Courageous Mothers

Belgraded contributes an article on what it's like to be a mother in Serbia to the Women's International Perspective, becoming “one of the rare men blogging there.” Showcased in the...

Indonesia: Parliament approves anti-porn law

Indonesia now has an anti-porn law which critics say will curtail freedom of speech and traditional practices. Via Twitter, Aulia comments: “If only people would read the entire ‘porn’ law...

Ukraine: Sex Workers and the Police

A discussion of the treatment of Ukrainian sex workers by law enforcement officials – at Natalia Antonova's blog and Kiev Ukraine News Blog.

Egypt: Swingers Use Internet to Arrange Rendezvous

There are secrets behind closed doors. But to say that Egypt was shell shocked as news about its first swingers club emerged would be an understatement. And there is a...

Kuwait: For Ladies Only

Chillnite, from Kuwait, shares a link ‘for the ladies.’

Blog for LGBT Filipinos

Rainbow Bloggers Philippines is a blog dedicated to LGBT Filipino bloggers worldwide.

Russia: “Help Svetlana Bakhmina” Petition

As of now, 71,250 people have signed an online petition appealing to the Russian president to pardon Svetlana Bakhmina, a former senior lawyer for Mikhail Khodorkovsky's oil company Yukos, who...

Morocco: Habib Belkacem, Producer Extraordinaire

Cinema and Movies talks about female Moroccan film producer Habiba Belkacem.

Guyana: Social Services

“Increasing access to social services is among the priorities identified by indigenous women leaders in the region as key to empowerment”: The Voice of the Taino People Online reports on...

South Korea: Homophobia

Ask a Korean! discusses the homophobic culture and reaction in South Korea.

Jordan: Dubai Visa Problematic

From Jordan, Princess N writes about how frustrating it is to get a visit visa to Dubai.

Jordan: Rumours, Gap Year Foreign Students, and Body of Lies

From an innocent murmur to a devastating consequence on the life of an innocent girl, see how rumours can destroy lives in Jordan in this round up of Jordanian blogs...

Speaking of Sexual Harassment: Noha makes Egyptians proud!

In an unprecedented case, sexual harasser Sherif Gommaa was sentenced to three years behind bars, hard labour, and was also ordered to pay 5,001 Egyptian pounds fine to Noha Roshdy...

Egypt: Laila Echoes Reverberate in the Land of the Nile

In its third year, the Kolena Laila (We Are All Laila) campaign took a different turn, reaching out to women with no access to the Internet and giving them a...

Jordan: Black is the Colour

From Jordan, Mai Al Shareef [Ar] argues that black is the best colour for the Islamic veil worn by women.

Trinidad & Tobago: Higher Standards

“When a few stupid women lower their standards, we all suffer…It’s time we learn from our animal friends and reclaim the power nature entrusted to us. Like the Alpha female...

Jamaica: “Old Boy”

Jamaican Geoffrey Philp is brimming with pride over his alma mater.

Kuwait: Guys and Rejection

From Kuwait, Ginaview writes about how different guys react when they are rejected by women.

Jamaica: Senseless Murders

“The government and the security forces just seem powerless in the face of these heartless crimes that are being committed in our small island”: Jamaican blogger Stunner says that the...

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