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· August, 2012

Stories about Women & Gender from August, 2012

India: Dowry And The Boys

Nitisha Pandey at Youth Ki Awaaz discusses the current market rates for grooms in India and asks: Does a boy’s parents’ give him good education only to get a handsome...

Pakistan: Conflicting Reports in #SaveRimsha Blasphemy Case

The blasphemy law in Pakistan has been the focus of a heated debate yet again, after a minor christian girl named Rimsha was accused of blasphemy and was sent to...

Macedonia: Demanding Triumphal Welcome for Paralympics Champion

Macedonian social media users are calling [mk] for a state-sponsored celebration for Olivera Nakovska-Bikova, who won a gold medal in shooting at the Paralympic Games finals in London, after setting...

Chinese Style Romance

Jing Gao from Ministry of Tofu has translated a Chinese video that explains the material conditions of love relation in China.

Guinea-Bissau: Women, Citizenship and “Mandjuandades”

Informal voluntary associations predominantly made up of women and sustained through solidarity and the sharing of individual and collective interests, may play an important role in strengthening participative democracy in...

Togo: Sex Strike to Push for Reforms

Icilome.com writes [fr] about the ongoing protests in Lomé, Togo : The lawyer Isabelle Améganvi of the ANC [National Alliance for Change] in Togo has officially stated that “the Togolese women had...

St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Bahamas: Reproductive Rights

Two female Caribbean bloggers, in light of the recent debacle about U.S. congressman Todd Akin's controversial comments about women and rape, are discussing the issue of “the war on women...

Russia: Diva Politics Over Pussy Riot

The Pussy Riot trial has caused no small amount of debate among Russia's public figures, including an amusing row between two of the country's best known celebrities.

Belgium: Police Violence

Here is a video showing police in Brussels arresting a drunk man who was beating a woman, before they then start to beat him. A person in the neighborhood filmed the incident.

Macedonia: Crowdsourcing Against Gender-Based Violence

Ushahidi blog's current “Deployment of the Week” selection [en, mk] is React! Be Safe! (“Реагираj!”), an online platform against gender-based violence in public spaces [en, mk, sq], launched by the...

Pakistan: 11-Year-Old Christian Girl Detained for Blasphemy

'We can't repeal blasphemy law. A) mobs would go on vigilante sprees with no qualms & b) cops couldn't stop open shia killing, how this?' - Tweet from a Pakistani...

Bermuda: Learning from London

Respice Finem says that there are valuable lessons to be learned from the London Olympics.

Bolivian Women Lead TIPNIS Struggle

Their protagonism has sparked controversy in a society where patriarchal traditions and attitudes still run deep

Russia: Government Bans Serbian Film for Underage Sex and Drugs

On August 17, Sam Klebanov announced that Russia's Ministry of Culture has banned the release of a Serbian film called "Clip." Klebanov's company owns the Russian distribution rights to the...

Egypt: Women on TV in Ramadan

Now that Ramadan is over, I can get it out of my mind and scream hard on how women were portrayed in the Egyptian TV throughout the whole month Eman...

Peru's Feminist Activist-Artist: María María Acha-Kutscher

Peruvian feminist, activist and visual artist María María Acha-Kutscher is using the Internet to share her work. From Mexico's Frida Kahlo to Spain's "indignadas" (outraged) and Russia's Pussy Riot, Acha-Kutscher's...

Egypt: Disgust with Eid Harassment Photos

Blogging Egypt shares her views on what she thinks of the Eid harassment photographs: it DISGUSTS me that whoever caught these images on camera – of women being harassed, boys...

Egypt: Sexual Harassment over Eid

Zeinobia, from Egyptian Chronicles, reports on sexual harassment this Eid in Egypt. Check out her report, which includes photographs and videos, here.

Costa Rica: “Was it My Fault I Was Raped, Because I Went Out at Night?”

With strength and courage, blogger SophiadelSol has written about her recent carjacking, abduction and rape as she was out at night with her boyfriend. In a society that blames victims...

Russia: Pussy Riot and the Orthodox Reformation

Retired priest speaks out for Pussy Riot, breaking with the Patriarch and renouncing his holy orders, but his letter is mostly plagiarized. What does this mean for Russia's religious Reformation?

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