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· November, 2010

Stories about Women & Gender from November, 2010

El Salvador: New Law Targets Violence Against Women

“On Thursday, November 25, El Salvador's National Assembly unanimously passed the Law for A Life Free From Violence for Women. For the first time, the law creates a separate crime...

Zimbabwe: Peaceful March to Mark International Women Human Rights Defenders Day

Approximately 900 members of Women and Men of Zimbabwe Arise marked International Women Human Rights Defenders Day with a peaceful procession to the offices of the state-owned Chronicle newspaper in...

Take Back the Tech to Eliminate Violence Against Women

The global campaign Take Back the Tech! started on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. This year it is focused on developing actions that...

Ghana: The trial of Amina Mohammed

Stephen Kwearing writes about the case of Amina Mohammed, the lady at the centre of an alleged robbery and mass rape on a bus in Ghana.

India: The Sexual Harassment Bill (2010)

Naina Kapur takes a critical look at the Sexual Harassment Bill (2010) which was recently introduced in India.

Thailand: Two Thousand Dead Fetuses in Buddhist Temple

More than 2,000 illegally aborted fetuses were discovered in a Buddhist temple in Thailand and this has reinvigorated the debate on whether it is already time to update the country’s...

Brazil: five days of cyber-activism to end violence against women

To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (November 25th), a group of Brazilian feminist bloggers will take part in five days of cyber activism [pt]. Those involved will...

Bulgaria: Reactions to Hate Speech Against Arabs and Islam

Kapka Siderova, the wife of a far-right nationalist politician in Bulgaria, made some controversial statements about Arab women on a popular talk show yesterday, sparking outrage and allegations of racism...

Bhutan: Khuru And The Rise Of Feminist Movements

Bhutanese women may have, unintentionally, created the stirrings of their first feminist movements of sorts when they recently started to encroach upon a traditionally male dominated sport Khuru (game of...

Dominican Republic: Girls Must Be Protected

Blogger María Isabel Soldevila [es] writes:”In a country in which gender violence is still considered a ‘passion’ crime, where the body and sexuality are being regulated without considering that girls...

USA: Hunger Strike of Border Women at White House Ends

Eleven women from the organization La Mujer Obrera (Working Women) who advocate for community-led economic development along the United States-Mexico border, ended a ten-day hunger strike in front of the...

Australia: Same-Sex Marriage a Step Closer?

Australia’s parliament is currently debating a private members bill about gay marriage. This one is not to change the law, merely to consult with the public about the issue. Many...

Africa: Why fair skin is the hope for African women

Is fair skin the hope for African women?: A friend once said to me. “Whites want to be black by tanning and Blacks and Browns want to be light by...

Africa: On the status of African women

Gregory Simpkins discusses the status of African women: “The status of women in Africa is a series of paradoxes. On the one hand, women have an exalted role as mothers...

Puerto Rico: Feminist Activist and Lawyer Awarded in US

Verónica RT celebrates the award [es] that Puerto Rican feminist activist and lawyer Josefina Pantoja just received  from the National Legal Aid and Defender Association in the US for a...

Mexico: Data on Femicides, 2006-2008

Diego Valle-Jones provides data on femicides in Mexico from 2006 to 2008, pointing out that “As a consequence of the drug war Chihuahua has the highest levels of femicides.”

Iran: Female political prisoners under pressure

Jahnezan (means woman's world) and several reformist sites reported [fa] that most of female political prisoners moved to a small cell where they have no contact with outside world. According...

Japan: I now pronounce you friend and friend

For those who take note of social categories a new one has been created: that of ‘marriage mates’. The tomo-fuhfu (where literally tomo means ‘mates or friends’ and fuhfu ‘married...

Ukraine: FEMEN Activists Protest Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani's Death Sentence

A group of female activists from FEMEN protested the death sentence given to Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani in front of the Iranian Embassy in Kyiv on Nov. 3 (a YouTube video) and...

D.R. of Congo: Letter from the capital of rape

I am writing these words from the world capital of rape. I’m not the one who named it that way, but Margot Wallström, Special Rapporteur of the United Nations, with...

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