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· July, 2012

Stories about Women & Gender from July, 2012

Costa Rica: Video Love Note Gets Vice-Minister Dismissed

The Costa Rican Vice-Minister of Youth Karina Bolaños was removed from her post by the Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla after a video showing an underwear clad vice minister sending...

Guyana: Olympic Dreams

Guyana-Gyal explains how the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in London “remind[ed] [her] to stay true to [her] dreams, no matter how mad they might sound to them people...

Latin America: Is 2012 the ‘Year of the Woman” at the Olympics?

The Americas Quarterly blog points out that although there is still a lot to do to end gender discrimination at the Olympics, “for the first time in history, every country...

Caucasus: Olympic Women

Ianyan introduces its readers to the female athletes representing the three countries of the South Caucasus in the Olympic games in London.

Argentina: Evita's Face on New Banknote

In honor of the 60th anniversary of the death of Eva Duarte de Perón (Evita), President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner unveiled a new banknote with Evita's image, replacing Julio Roca...

Kenya: Schoolgirl Skirts-How Short is Too Short?

Kenyan Education Minister Mutula Kilonzo defense of schoolgirls who want the length of their skirts reduced has sparked a debate about culture, modernity and morality in Kenya. Kenyan media quoted...

South Korea : Tourists Flock to Get Plastic Surgery

South Korea is infamous for its obsession with plastic surgery, but it has contributed to a significant rises in tourist arrivals. One famous Singaporean blogger recently visited Seoul to get plastic...

Saudi Arabia: Kingdom's First Female Olympic Athletes Called ‘Prostitutes’

For the first time, two women from conservative Saudi Arabia will be competing in the Olympics. Their involvement in London 2012 triggered the Twitter hashtag, "Prostitutes of the Olympics."

Saudi Arabia: The “Faceless” Experiment

Rana Jarbou is a Saudi blogger who has decided to carry out an experiment. For a week she is wearing the niqab or face veil, to see how she feels,...

Egypt: Egyptian Woman faces Sexual Harassment, in Washington DC

Nancy M is an Egyptian woman who moved from Cairo to Washington DC last month, thinking she has left sexual harassment behind her.”I was still a woman, walking the streets...

Bangladesh: Despite Obstacles, Girls Outshine Boys in National Exams

According to the recently published results of the Higher Secondary examinations in Bangladesh girls have done better than the boys. In the past few years there has been a rise...

Armenia: Human Rights Record Scrutinized at UN

Armenia's human rights record  was scrutinized by the United Nations Human Rights Committee earlier this week in Geneva, 14 years after its last consideration before the committee in 1998.

India: Female Gendercide in Western Countries

Rita Banerji interviews Indo-Canadian and feminist artist Soraya Nulliah, who comments that everything the campaign against female gendercide in India addresses is happening to Indian women in Western countries as...

Tajikistan: Stories of Female Migrant Workers

On Blogiston.tj, Shakhlo posts [tj] short stories about the lives of Tajik women working in Russia. Most of these stories focus on the problems that female migrant workers typically go...

Afghanistan: Women Continue Suffering Violence and Abuse

On The Peace Cycle, Omid Bidar writes about a 16-year-old Afghan girl who was raped and murdered by a local strongman in the country's Bamyan Province. “We have forgotten many...

Jordan: Women's Rights Demonstrators Face Barrage of Criticism

On June 25, 2012, more than 200 people created a human chain in the streets of Amman to raise awareness for some of the most controversial women's rights issues in...

Trinidad & Tobago: Irresponsible Advertising

“The new tagline for the rum’s advertisements was ‘When it pours, you reign.’ My brain exploded. Really? Show images of soaking wet, drunk-looking women, in a campaign that explicitly gives...

Africa: African Women on Fire

Rumbidzai Dube explains why 2012 is the year for African women: “2012 has been a progressive year for African women in global politics. In April Joyce Banda of Malawi became...

Kyrgyzstan: Patriarchal Society as Seen by Artists

The Kyrgyzstani art group ‘705′ describes itself as a 'nomadic theater'. It is best known for hand-drawn animation films that criticize the conventions and norms of a patriarchal society, particularly...

Maldives: Activist's Arrest During Protest Caught on Video

Two videos showing the July 13 arrest of activist Shauna Aminath in the Maldives during a peaceful protest calling for early elections have generated reactions all the way to Chile....

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