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· September, 2012

Stories about Women & Gender from September, 2012

Pakistan: Taking Off Hijab

The blogger of Kiss My Roti takes off her hijab and provides the reason for it.

Spain: Proposed Changes for Abortion Law

The 28th of September is the celebration of the Campaign for the Legalization of Abortion, which has taken place for years in Latin America and the Caribbean and this year...

Uruguay: Legislators Move Forward Bill to Depenalize Abortion

After 14 hours of intense debate, Uruguay’s Chamber of Deputies voted 50 to 49 in favor of depenalizing abortion during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Twitter was abuzz during...

Zimbabwe: My Zimbabwean Sheroe

Amy Tsanga is Rumbidzai Dube's Zimbabwean sheroe: Here was a woman who lived through an era when the education of girls was not a priority yet she had done it...

Documentary on Salvadoran ‘Guerrilleras’ Turns to Crowdfunding

Photographers Rebecka Bíró (Sweden/Spain) and Victoria Montero (Argentina) have teamed up to create 'Guerrilleras' a documentary and photography project about the experience of women in the guerrilla during the Salvadoran...

Hungary: Parliament Forced to Take Domestic Violence Seriously

Despite initial setbacks, the Hungarian public has succeeded in convincing the Parliament to treat the issue of domestic violence seriously.

Peru: Young Woman Killed After Participating in Reality Show

Peruvian netizens were shocked by the murder of 19-year-old Ruth Thalia Sayas Sanchez, a young Peruvian woman who participated in the newly launched reality show 'The value of truth' (El...

Brazil: Misogynistic ‘Humor’ in MTV-Sponsored Blog

A complaint was filed against the blog Testosterone, a blog sponsored by MTV Brazil that constantly posts misogynistic content. Now, online campaigns are calling for MTV to end the partnership...

Egypt: Sex Education for Youth

Egyptian blogger Ahmed Awadalla argues in favour of empowering youth in post-revolution Egypt. He notes: Sex education can be a great tool to change deeply seated patriarchal values in our...

Uganda: Teenage Girl Becomes Africa's Youngest MP

Africa is truly rising and African women are rising with it. Currently, Malawi and Liberia have female presidents. Now Uganda has elected the youngest Member of Parliament in Africa -...

Togo: Waves of Women in Red March Down Lomé for Political Reform

Several thousand women dressed in red marched in Togo's capital Lome on September 2Oth demanding political reforms. The Association Let's Save Togo posted several photos [fr] from the march.

Senegal: ‘Completely White’ Whitening Cream Stirs Outrage

Lightening the skin is a common practice in Africa where the sale of skin lightening products is legal in many countries. In Senegal, a product named 'Khess Petch' is creating...

Zambia: Former First Lady, Betty Kaunda, Dies

There was an outpouring of grief on social media networks on Wednesday September 19, following news of the death of former Zambian First Lady, Betty Kaunda, wife of Zambia’s first...

Mexico: A Photographic Glimpse into Midwifery Around the World

Intercultural Midwifery is the topic of this Offbeat Mama guest photo blog post by Brooklyn based photographer Alice Proujansky. While 5 months pregnant she traveled to photograph a cultural knowledge...

Latin American Women as Key Development Partners

Moms, students, working professionals and women from all walks of life are the driving force behind a gender revolution that has made huge contributions to our region’s prosperity. In Americas...

Bangladesh: A Voice for the Challenged

Amader Kotha features the exemplary works of the award winning blogger Sabrina Sultana who is using blogs and other social media tools to improve the condition of the physically challenged...

South Korea: Golden Lion Winner ‘Pieta’ Reveals Society's Dark Side

The Golden Lion award-winning Korean film 'Pieta', which is also South Korea's submission for the 2012 Academy Awards (in the foreign-language film category) has sparked social media buzz and ignited...

Kenyans Rally to Help Destitute Former Female Champion Boxer

A moving television interview has shown how former Kenyan female champion boxer, Conjestina Achieng, is currently destitute and suffering from mental illness. Kenyan netizens have rallied round to support her.

Should Uganda's Abortion Law Be Revised?

Ugandans are divided over the Center for Reproductive Rights and Development's campaign to revise the abortion law in Uganda. There are approximately 267,000 abortions carried out in Uganda every year,...

Nigeria: Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Declines WTO High Post

Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria's Finance and Co-ordinating Minister of the Economy is not interested in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) top job.  Pascal Lamy will retire soon and there's been...

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