Stories about Women & Gender from June, 2010
Iran: A woman may face stoning to death
According to several blogs including Rahrovaneraheakbar [fa], Sakine Mohmadi Ashtyani may face stoning to death in near future in Tabriz, in Iran. She was accused of having sex with two men who killed her husband.
Martinique: Interview with a Nappy Girl
Martinican blogger Vee Un Lezard a Madinina assesses [Fr] her six-month long experience with her natural hair, inviting readers to discover her “Interview with a Nappy Girl” [Fr] posted in the blog Crépue et Re-belle (Nappy and Beautiful Again/Rebel) [Fr].
Haiti: World Cup 2010
Haitian blogger Potoprincipe publishes this post [Fr] dealing with the need for Haitians to use the FIFA World Cup as an outlet for anguish and frustration and dreaming about the fact that while men get caught up in their passion for football, women take charge of the reconstruction of the...
Egypt: Looking Inside Mr Egypt
Twenty-six-year-old Tarek Mohammed Nagiub Abdel Gawad has been named Mr Egypt 2010. Bloggers react to the title and his participation in Mister World 2010, held in South Korea.
Israel: A Woman's Power to Name Herself
“I’ve noticed that whenever a woman defends having taken her husband’s name… it’s invariably stated, ‘After all, feminism is about choice.’ Well I’m not pleased with having women who choose tradition, or patriarchy, telling me what feminism ‘is about,'”
Zimbabwe: Women not getting attention because of World Cup
Women in Zimbabwe are complaining that men don’t want to watch FIFA World Cup games at home where there is not much noise and support, let alone beer.
Bangladesh: The Toll Of Eve teasing
Pinky wrote this note before taking her own life: “when [my tormentor] pulled my scarf and harassed me physically in front of the house, onlookers at the scene laughed. Nobody protested.” Blank Noise blog highlights the eve teasing menace prevailing in Bangladesh.
Jamaica: On Tivoli
Active Voice blogs about the man shortage in Tivoli Gardens following the crackdown on the area in the search for ‘Dudus': “The female population is getting antsy because of the sudden disappearance of their menfolk, go-getting women are hitting on JDF soldiers…”; Barbados Underground, meanwhile, says: “The Tivoli Dudus Coke...
Bhutan: Breast Envy
Bhutanese blogger Passu feels that if he only could breastfeed his newborn daughter, he would feel like a complete father.
Afghanistan: Reintegrating Taliban fighters
Nick Fielding reviews a new report by the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Australia, devoted to the issue if the Afghan Government's reintegration and reconciliation efforts bring peace to Afghanistan.
Macedonia: Gender Aspects of the Football World Cup
Young Macedonian blogger and writer thinks that focus on defense combined with propagation of gender stereotypes make the Football World Cup unattractive.
Pakistan: The First Feminist Tech Exchange
Jehan Ara at In The Line Of Wire reports on the first Feminist Tech Exchange in Pakistan which is taking place in Islamabad.
Indonesia: When women control their own investments
Kick-starting a conversation on female entrepreneurship, courage and investments with our partner site Conversations for a Better World, Carolina shares an example from Indonesia.
St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Price of “Progress”
Abeni notices the proliferation of fast food franchises in St. Vincent and the Grenadines: “As our nation gorges itself on fast food and channel surf to our leisure we get fatter and fatter placing more burden on the shaky health system.”
Haiti: Grass Roots
“Mainstream media sources in the United States have rarely mentioned this type of local organizing initiated by activists and every day Haitians”: Tande blogs about a few grassroots organisations doing important work in Haiti.
China: “Chinese Women, Please Don’t Sleep With Foreigners”
Maxiwawa from ChinaSMACK translated a popular post, “Chinese women, please don't sleep with foreigners”, circulated in various online forums. It is another story in which nationalism is reproduced through discourse on gender and sex.
Zimbabwe: Women of Zimbabwe making history
The former president of Ireland, Mary Robinson, blogs about her recent trip to Zimbabwe: I was in Zimbabwe to attend a ‘High Level Dialogue on Women’s Empowerment in the Political and Economic Arena. The aim of our five day visit was to show solidarity with those working to achieve greater...
Pakistan: Education and domestic abuse
Mohammad Yusha at Chowrangi wonders why women's education has failed to offer a panacea against domestic abuse.
Pakistan: Reviewing Sex and the City 2
Blogger Kalsoom goes to watch Sex and the City 2 and comes away with the feeling that the film not only fails to engage the Arab/Muslim/Middle Eastern woman, but it also condescendingly labels them en masse as victims of an oppressive patriarchal society.
Singapore: Pink Dot 2010
More than 4,000 Singaporeans gathered at Hong Lim Park to make a large human pink dot to celebrate love regardless of sexual orientation. It is Singapore’s biggest LGBT parade.
Czech Republic: Gender and youth in politics
Dr. Sean's Diary scrutinizes the gender and youth balance among parties and deputies in the newly elected Czech parliament.