Stories about Women & Gender from July, 2014
Bangladesh Authorities Shut Down a 200-Year-Old Brothel, Evicting Hundreds of Sex Workers
Pressure from religious leaders and conservative politicians is the suspected reason behind the closure. But the national platform of sex workers of Bangladesh accused local officials of land grabbing.
‘Boyfriend No, Only Volleyball': Kazakh Sportswoman Ignores Marriage Proposals After Going Viral
Sabina Altynbekova, a 17 year-old volleyball player representing Kazakhstan at youth level has been thrust into the global spotlight after playing for her country in a tournament in Taiwan.
Hollaback's AtréveteBA Fights Street Harassment in Buenos Aires
The website features a map that displays areas where harassment is most frequent and includes personal stories uploaded by victims.
This Young Woman Footballer Is More Popular Than Messi in Her Remote Village in Nepal
Sunakali led her team to victory in the national women's football tournament. When they arrived home, locals met them at the airstrip chanting, "Sunakali, like Messi!"
A Documentary That Allows Transgender People's Voices to Be Heard
Though gays and lesbians are gradually gaining more acceptance in Puerto Rico, the same cannot be said yet of transgender people. That is why a film like Mala Mala, a documentary in which trans people speak freely about their stories, is so important. The film, directed by Dan Sickles (@dan_sickles) and...
4 Photos of Street Art by the ‘Iranian Banksy’ That Speak Volumes About Life Today in Iran
The work of the anonymous Black Hand has gone viral on social media. The graffiti offers timely commentary on events in Gaza and issues in Iran, such as women's rights.
This Woman Marched Thousands of Kilometers Across Pakistan For Her Brother and Balochistan's Missing People
The news about the missing persons of Balochistan remains one of the most unheard stories in the world. Activist Farzana Majid has dedicated her life to make these voices heard.
In Love With a Porn Star?
Psychologist and many blogs author Johanna Pérez Vásquez writes on her blog Sexo sin maquillaje (Sex without make up) about sex without worries, taboos nor prejudices. On this post, she raises a question Can a porn actor be in a platonic relationship with a woman?: Una mujer puede elegir como...
Chinese Women Protest Against the World Cup
Offbeat China explained why women are so angry and how the World Cup has destroyed relationships in China. They are primarily pissed about two things: 1) their partners neglecting family responsibilities due to late-night game watching; 2) reckless gambling on games.
This Woman Is Leading Baloch Students in Their Struggle for Independence From Pakistan
Women in Balochistan face many challenges, including a heavily male-dominated patriarchal society, lack of infrastructure for education and a low rate of literacy among females.
Bangladeshi Sex Workers Take Cow Steroids To Mask Their Real Age
ActionAid, a British charity, mentioned in a recent report that 90% of commercial sex workers in Bangladesh are addicted to Oradexon, a steroid meant for cattle. Diaspora Bangladeshi blogger Anushay Hossain explains why they use this drug: This medicine meant to fatten cows has become the preferred drug among the...
Empowering Girls Through Sports in Bolivia
The blog El clavo en el zapato (The nail in the shoe) visited District 4 in El Alto, where the project “Niñas con altura” (Girls with height) is fostering the participation of high school girls in sports. It's funded by the Inter-American Development Bank and the foundation Save The Children:...
Yes, I Wear a Bra, and It's Visible. So?
Nivedita N Kumar, a journalist, posts an emotional Facebook note which has gone viral. Here is an excerpt from the powerful essay that lashes at the notion of the Indian patriarchal society that clothes provoke rapists: Why? Why do you do that? Stare at my breasts like they are cute...
Gender is “Not the Same as Sex”: #CPMX5Incluyente
Recently held Campus Party in Jalisco, Mexico, duscussed about a wide range of discussions, not always related with the topic of this kind of meetings. Claudia Calvin founder of the collective Mujeres Construyendo, writes on Animal Político some of her conclusions, noting that sexism and women objectivization lays the foundations...
Singapore's ‘Pink Dot’ LGBT Rights Rally Was Bigger Than Ever, Despite #WearWhite Opponents
Singapore's Pink Dot gathered 26,000 people in support of LGBT rights. But conservative religious groups countered by urging people to wear white.
Five Things You Need to Know About Turkmen Weddings
If you were thinking of choosing Turkmenistan as a wedding day destination, you should know one thing - when it comes to celebrating a marriage, Turkmen do not mess around.