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· December, 2011

Stories about Women & Gender from December, 2011

Cuba: The First Book on Afro-Cuban Women

NegraCubana interviews Daysi Rubiera and Inés María Martiatu [es], authors of the first comprehensive book on the “history, thought, and cultural practices” of Afro-Cuban women.

China: Rich Chinese Couple Uses 2 Surrogate Mothers To Have 8 Babies

Fauna from ChinaSMACK translated a local news story and netizens’ comment about a rich Chinese couple in Guangdong using 2 surrogate mothers to have 8 babies.

Macedonia, Nepal: First Female Macedonian on Major Himalayan Peak

Macedonian climbers Ilina Arsova and Ilija Ristovski have successfully climbed the Himalayan summit of Ama Dablam, on Nov. 18, 2011. Ilina wrote about this achievement on her blog, in Macedonian...

Armenia: Activists Demand Controversial Governor's Dismissal

Surik Khachatryan, the governor of Armenia's southern Syunik province, has been making headlines in the last month for all the wrong reasons. No stranger to controversy, activists are now demanding...

Brazil: Proposal for the Legalization of Abortion Approved in Conference

Journalist Maíra Kubik Mano comments on the approval of a proposal to legalize abortion in Brazil, during the Third National Conference on Women, in Brasília. She finalizes wondering “what the...

Kuwait: Online Advocacy for the Stateless Bidoun

Since hundreds of Kuwait's 100,000 strong Bidoun were attacked by police for protesting in support of others detained earlier in the year, a number of bloggers and international organizations have...

Bhutan: First All-girls High School

Penstar introduces us to Bhutan's first all-girls high school.

Egypt: Women Rally for Dignity

Thousands of Egyptian women took to the streets of Cairo today to protest for their dignity, after women were beaten up by soldiers during running battles between the army and...

Africa: Women4Africa Awards

Women for Africa Awards celebrates and encourages African women: “‘Women for Africa’ was birthed from a 20 year desire and passion to see women honoured and appreciated in a celebratory...

Puerto Rico: Feminist experiences at the “Encuentro”

Lawyer and blogger Verónica RT writes about her intense and wonderful experiences at two of the most important feminist regional meetings in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Egypt: Women Against SCAF – Who Wins?

The world woke up today to see that Egypt had made the headlines again with a photograph of military officers ferociously beating a veiled girl and stripping her off her...

India: Girls and Their Right To A Career

In India, at this modern age, some parents arbitrarily decide the future of their adult children. Fire Crystal writes about a girl, who was denied of her rights by her...

Cuba: In Defense of Human Rights

Pedazos de La Isla highlights the testimony of one of the Ladies in White who relates her experience as a victim of the “vigilance operations, brutal beatings, arbitrary arrests, deportations,...

Barbados: Courts Send Message that Women are Nothing

“Men again learned that no matter how badly you beat women, they can always be pressured to drop the charges. Police learned that it is useless to treat an assault...

Guyana: Rape Allegations against Police Chief

Save Guyana reports on rape allegations being brought against the police commissioner, explaining: “The Alliance For Change…has called for [his] dismissal or at least interdiction from duty…and is viewing the...

Cuba: Defining “Vulgarity”

Without Evasion continues to share her thoughts about the outcry over the “vulgarity” of a popular reggaeton song, saying: “The confusion lies, then, in properly ascertaining the limits of vulgarity...

South Korea: Former Comfort Women Held 1000th Protest

South Korean former ‘comfort women’ who were forced into Japan's wartime military brothels held their 1,000th weekly protest and placed a statue of a sex slave outside the Japanese embassy...

Afghanistan: Being Disable Is Not An Unability

yahweh writes how situation with the rights of women and disabled persons has developed in Afghanistan since 2001, when the Afghan government and its international allies pledged to advance gender...

Peru: Congress Approves Law Criminalizing Femicide

The Peruvian Congress has approved the text of a law that recognizes femicide as a crime punishable by up to 25 years of incarceration. Under the existing law, the murder...

Bangladesh: A Crowdsourced Platform To Report Violence Against Women

Bijoya Crowdmap, an Ushahidi based citizen journalism platform, is going to be launched on the 16th of December, 2011. It will enable Bangladeshis to report violence against women via sms...

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