Stories about Women & Gender from June, 2009
Morocco: Celebrating the First Female Mayor of Marrakesh
The Moroccan elections of two weeks ago brought surprising results and were received with mixed reactions, as Hisham pointed out in this post. One such result was the election of a woman to the position of mayor in Marrakesh for the very first time. Fatima Zahra Mansouri, who studied law,...
Algeria: On France's burqa ban
Algerian-American blogger The Moor Next Door remarks upon France's intended burqa ban, saying, “The trouble the French may want to worry about is not the burqa as it is worn in France today, but that such a ban, as the headscarf ban has done, will make the garment a greater...
Kenya: The plight of gays and lesbians in Kenya
As much as Nairobi is described as one of the more cosmopolitan cities in Africa where a lot of homosexuals find solace, homophobia is widespread. Kenyan bloggers discuss how homosexuals are named and shamed all over the Internet.
Kenya: The politics of Mass Male Circumcision
HIV Kenya discusses the politics of “Mass Male Circumcision“: It seems like a short time since the issue of mass male circumcision (MMC) became a political football and it is not even the latest issue to have that status any more. But articles about it still appear every now and...
Singapore: Infamous Burger King ad
Burger King has a new sandwich offering in Singapore called the “Super Seven Incher.” To promote the new product, a local ad agency produced an outdoor ad which is now getting a lot of attention and criticism around the world.
Iran:”Iranian Right wing media on Neda”
NikAhang writes [fa] “stupidity is the highest ascension”when Right wing media (Sarmaye Newspaper) claim that a BBC reporter has paid someone to shoot Neda so that they could record the incident.
Ukraine: “Lady Ethnographer”
Maria Sonevytsky of My Simferopol Home writes on being a “lady ethnographer” in Ukraine and on xenophobia in Crimea: “Ukraine today is caught between two warring accounts of history, as it is caught between two different attitudes towards otherness, be it gendered, ethnic or raced otherness.”
Azerbaijan: A modest Scary Azeri in print
Scary Azeri in Suburbs informs its readers that a Baku-based English-language magazine has featured the blog in a two-page article. The magazine might not be Harpers, the blogger says, but it is real and more importantly, glossy…
Azerbaijan: Interview with Nigar Fatali
The OL! Youth Movement blog [AZ] interviews Azeri blogger Nigar Fatali. The blogger at Don Quixote [AZ/RU] and Fighting windmills? Take a pill [EN] comments on matters as diverse as gender, education, conflict resolution, youth and culture.
Iran: Neda becomes a symbol for the protesters
Neda was an Iranian woman who was shot dead by Basij militia on Saturday during a protest of thousands against the Iranian presidential election results that declared Mahmoud Ahmadinejad president. Her death was captured on video by bystanders and uploaded to the internet. She died with her eyes wide open, and her last moments reached millions of people.
Bahrain: Female Lifeguards?
Following a tragedy in which a child drowned, Bahrain Taxi has concluded that the fact that family groups prefer not to use male lifeguards means that Bahraini women should train as lifeguards.
Greece: Bloggers interview Iranian protesters
With the clampdown on journalism and communications in Iran, most Greek mainstream media have resorted to conveying reports from social media, second or third-hand, through western news organizations. Some Greek bloggers have helped bridge gaps in reporting by interviewing Iranian protesters contacted on Twitter themselves, or by posting news from acquaintances in Iran and abroad.
Azerbaijan: All hail Iranian women
Following a post from Armenian blogger Ianyan in praise of women in Iran comes a similar response from Azerbaijan, another country that borders the Islamic republic. Re-posting an earlier video interview on the changing role of women in Iran, Baku-based Global Voices Online author Ali S. Novruzov also pays homage.
Iran: Women demand change
Ianyan, an Armenian blog, comments on the changing role of women in Iran and their hopes for change in the Islamic republic.
China: Interviewing Deng Yujiao
ESWN translated Southern Metropolis Daily's interview with Deng Yujiao, the nail beautician who was set free by China court for killing a local government official when defending herself against sexual assault.
Guyana: Domestic Violence Tweets
Signifyin’ Guyana republishes an interesting Twitter conversation with fellow bloggers about domestic violence.
India: Reservations of Positions For Women
Sumanth at Desicritics debates the current hot topic in India – reservations for Women in representative, administrative and corporate job positions.
India: The Need For Sex Education
Amodini Sharma at Ultra Violet advocates for proper sex education among the teens in India.
Global Voices Online author Ali S. Novruzov is interviewed by the OL! Azerbaijani youth movement on the movie Persepolis and comments on the role of women in post-revolution Iranian society.
USA, Singapore: On Buying Brides with Credit Cards
The Human Trafficking blog by Amanda Kloer at Change.org in the United States declared victory on Friday in their campaign to get the credit card company Diners Club International to stop doing business with a company in Singapore that sells Vietnamese mail order brides. More than 800 people signed a petition to get Diners Club to stop making it easier to purchase women for marriage.
India: Top Ten Solutions For Eve Teasing
The Rational Fool posts a list of hilarious solutions to tackle the eve teasing problem in India.