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· January, 2009

Stories about Women & Gender from January, 2009

France, Guadeloupe: Obama Appointment?

Indiscrétions and RCIgp [Fr] wonder if the appointment of former LCI journalist (Guadeloupean-born Christine Kelly) at the CSA is as a result of the Obama effect.

Martinique: Increase in domestic violence

Martinican blogs [Fr] Blogdemoi and Bondamanjak tell with much consternation about the dramatic increase in domestic violence.

Cuba: Human Rights & Political Prisoners

As The Cuban Triangle reports that Cuba is about to face a human rights review, Uncommon Sense says that women are also among the political prisoners on the island.

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Call for Justice

“Let the courts speak loudly on behalf of all the little children whose voices are silenced by these criminals”: Blogging from St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Abeni is all for...

Haiti, U.S.A.: Obama & Abortion

Haitian diaspora blogger Finian says: “This is where Obama loses my support. I believe abortion on demand is wrong.”

Iran:The first mixed football game draws punishment

The first mixed football (soccer) game — females vs. male teenagers — since the 1979 Islamic revolution led to punishment, as an Iranian football club said it had suspended three...

Nigeria: Developing Women 2.0

A new NGO named W.TEC has adopted Web 2.0 tools and technologies in order to facilitate knowledge gathering and sharing amongst Nigerian women.

Poland: Katarzyna Hejna on Feminism

Katarzyna Hejna talks about feminism in Poland – at Polandian.

Nepal: The plights of the Kamlaris

Untold Stories writes about the plights of the kamlaris, who are found in the rural villages of southwestern Nepal, and the efforts to rescue them. “Kamlaris are house slaves, as...

Saudi Arabia: Young activist faces social condemnation

Saudi Arabia is a conservative society, and when individuals act in ways that challenge convention, not only might they face harsh criticism, but so might their families. A young activist...

Korea: Marital Rape and Suicide

A man who was convicted for the first time in Korea of marital rape in January of 2009 committed suicide.[EN] The judgement stood for his wife who is from the...

Iran: Women activists support Shirin Ebadi

Kosoof, a leading photoblogger, says a group of women rights activists gathered to meet Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, with red roses in their hands to wipe off bad...

Saudi Arabia: A boycott that might work

Crossroads Arabia reports on a call by Saudi women to boycott lingerie shops that refuse their demand to hire women – an initiative backed by the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce...

Armenia: Homophobic Media

Despite the country's recent endorsement of a UN declaration against discrimination on sexual orientation, Unzipped: Gay Armenia continues to expose the prevalent homophobia in Armenian society. Following recent discriminatory and...

Guyana: Dirty Laundry?

The new President of the United States is the Caribbean's darling, but the President of Guyana is having a tougher time of it. The latest controversy to plague him comes...

India: The Surname Debate

Indian celebrity Sanjay Dutt sparked a debate in the country when he said: “Women should not stick to their fathers’ surname after marriage just for the sake of fashion. It...

Africa: Banking on African Women

“Women own nearly half of all enterprises in Africa, but have the hardest time securing credit,” writes Guest Author on AfricanLoft discussing African women and entrepreneurship.

Russia: Crisis, Lipstick and Feminism

Anna’s Out of Town News writes about the crisis and the “lipstick effect” in Russia, and about an online poll on what a feminist is, posted on the website of...

Angola: An increase in domestic violence or only in awareness?

The rates of domestic violence in Angola have increased considerably but it is a good sign: by reporting more, Angolan women get a step closer to ending the abuse perpetrated...

Poland, UK: Abortion

Polandian notes that thousands of Polish women are having abortions in the UK: “With it being illegal here in Poland, they are forced to travel to other countries thereby adding...

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