Stories about Women & Gender from November, 2012
Is the Saudi Government Monitoring Women?
Is the Saudi government monitoring women? Blogger Ahmed Al Omran tells us how it is done. He adds: The problem is not that there is now an electronic system that sends an SMS when women travel. Some people might actually want this service. The problem is that the government is...
Tortured Sudanese Female Journalist Speaks Up
Sudanese journalist Sumaya Ismail Hundosa, 34, was abducted from near her house on October 29, 2012, later to be found thrown inside a mud pit in a remote area in Khartoum on November 2, 2012, five days after her abduction. As the details of Hundosa's unprecedented torture unfolded, Sudanese netizens largely responded with shock and outrage, showing sympathy and solidarity with the journalist, writes Usamah Mohamed
Jamaica: In Search of Reliable Partners
I sometimes pessimistically think of women working with men on gender equality as a high risk endeavor, akin to walking on the verge of a precipice or a high tension wire. Roots and Rights explores the complex issues surrounding male advocacy for gender equality.
Young Volunteers Training to Free Northern Mali
Young volunteers engage to liberate Northern Mali. Meanwhile, Jemal Oumar and Bakari Gueye report that extremists in Northern Mali target women with curfews and arrests.
Protests Put an End to Chris Brown's Guyana Gig
Just over a month ago, Guyanese bloggers were voicing their displeasure over talk of a Chris Brown concert that was allegedly being supported by the government. Much of the controversy was linked to the singer's 2009 assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna and the message that his notoriety could send in a country with a high incidence of domestic violence. Now, two Guyanese bloggers are reporting that the Chris Brown concert has been cancelled.
Guyana: Remembering Angela Cropper
Without destroying a single rainforest tree, she cut a path for we Caribbean women to follow. A touching tribute to the late Angela Cropper, by Guyana-Gyal.
Ecuador Commemorates the International Day Against Gender Violence
Ecuador commemorated the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women with multiple cultural events. Ecuadorian netizens also reflected on the reality that many women live through in the country.
Mistresses – China's New Corruption Warriors
In the past week, two corruption cases have been exposed, not by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party of China (CCP), but by the mistresses or second wives of the corrupted officials.
Deadly Factory Fire in Bangladesh Raises Questions of Worker Exploitation
The recent tragic fire at a clothing factory building in Ashulia, near Bangladesh Capital Dhaka, that killed more than 110 garments workers, has raised many questions. Bangladeshis are expressing their anger on poor working conditions and exploitation of workers.
Brazil to Portugal and Back Again: Interview With Izabel Pimentel
Léa Promaja, the alias of an independent journalist working in the Balkans, posted an audio interview [in Portuguese, with English and French subtitles] with Izabel Pimentel, “the first Brazilian woman crossing the Atlantic single-handed.”
Afro-Brazilian Women, Tight Curly Hair and Black Consciousness
On November 20, Brazil celebrated Black Awareness Day; in honor of the day, we invite you to watch the documentary Raíz Forte (Strong Roots), "start a discussion about hair in terms of belonging to and explaining our African ancestry." The film depicts social prejudices and how black women in Brazil have historically dealt with their hair.
Trinidad & Tobago: Cropper was an Exemplar
A finer exemplar of the best that the Caribbean has to offer the world, one could hardly find. Norman Givan mourns the passing of philanthropist and Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, Angela Cropper.
The Present Status Of Maternal Mortality In Bangladesh
Amader Kotha (Our Stories) analyzes the present status of Maternal Mortality in Bangladesh and things are looking promising for Bangladesh.
Assault of Female Radio DJ Ignites Zimbabwe Gender Violence Debate
The assault of a popular radio DJ by her boyfriend has ignited debate about violence against women in Zimbabwe. The pictures showing her swollen face were both praised and condemned on social media, bringing into focus what has become a growing social problem.
Street Children of Bangladesh Vulnerable to Abuse
The total number of street children in Bangladesh is estimated at 400,000. Almost half of these children live in Dhaka city alone. A very large percentage of these children are young girls. These female street children are living in a dangerous situation vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.
Thousands Celebrate Malala Day & Sign Nobel Peace Prize Petition
15 year-old education activist Malala Yousufzai, who was shot on 9 October 2012 by members of the Taliban, is recovering slowly. On November 10, 2012 people around the world celebrated Malala as a beacon for 32 million girls who can not go to school.
“Latinitas,” Empowering Young Latinas With Technology
Latinitas is a non-profit organization in the United States dedicated to the empowerment of young Latinas aged between nine to 18 years, through instruction and the use of media and technology.
Australia: Having Our Say about India, the World’s Largest Democracy
What lies ahead for India, which is not just the largest democracy but will soon have the biggest population? You can join the discussion of The World's Largest Democracy at Australia’s vibrant social media site, Our Say.
The Bahamas: U.S. Election Result Sign of a Global Shift?
The recently-concluded U.S. election captured the interest of the entire world. Post-election, a couple of bloggers from the Caribbean territory that is geographically closest to the United States - the Bahamas - shared their thoughts about the outcome.
Brazil, France: Agroecology Helps Reduce Poverty
Respecting the soil is fundemental to us. It is where we get our food from and how we will provide for our children Suelia explains [fr] how the agroecology approach (bringing ecological principles to bear in agroecosystems) has helped many in her community grow a sustainable business model by diversifying...