Stories about Women & Gender from November, 2014
Sexual Violence as Weapon of War
Marita Seara, blogging for Voces Visibles, invites us to reflect on the suffering of women sexually subdued during armed conflicts. The author recommends us to watch the documentary The war against women, where director Hernán Zin describes rape as real “weapons of war” and confronts us with the reality of...
Mother Who Claims to Have Killed 10 Taliban Militants Becomes National Hero in Afghanistan
A woman in Farah province, Afghanistan, has shot to fame after she avenged the death of her son and fired on Taliban militants from the checkpoint where he was killed.
In Cricket-Crazy India, Basketball Is Quietly Empowering Girls’ Lives
Meet the girls of Gangyap, who are national level champions in basketball, a sport that was foreign in their remote mountainous village until recently.
16 Days to Campaign Against Gender Violence
During the campaign we will publish stories, debates and conversations from social media around the world.
As Turkish Women Struggle for Freedom from Violence, Their President Tells Them: Give up on Equality
2014 has been another horrendous year for violence against women in Turkey. In this context, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's suggestion women should seek "equivalence" instead of equality has disappointed many.
Victims Reveal Culture of Rape and Silence at Brazil's Top University
Two female students accuse University of São Paulo's medical college of pressuring them to not report the incidents to protect the school's reputation.
Hollaback!'s '10 Hours’ Video: Is This How We Define Harassment?
Internet users have hotly debated Hollaback!'s video, arguing intensely (and often aggressively) about the meaning of harassment and discrimination.Недавно движение Hollaback выложило в Youtube видео, в котором в очередной раз поднимается тема домогательств со стороны мужского пола. Интернет-пользователи разделились на два лагеря.
Murder of Beauty Queen and Her Sister Reminds Honduras of the Horror of Machismo Violence
After police announced they had found the women's bodies, Twitter users expressed their grief over the sad news.
Let's Keep Fighting Gender-Based Violence!
Mujeres construyendo (Women building) reports about the Campaign Beijing+20 de UN, a small contribution in the fight against gender-based violence. Violence against women isn't just about physical violence, but sexual and psychological violence as well. According to data provided by UH Women, 120 million girls have been victims of sexual...
Western Media Is Obsessed With Kurdish Female Fighters Battling ISIS
Social networking sites are abuzz with pictures of female Peshmergas. However, there are dozens of examples which illustrate women fighters are not new, but have existed within Kurdish communities historically.
‘Pickup Artist’ Julien Blanc Isn't Welcome in Brazil, Either
Social media outcry prompted Brazilian officials to deny his visa. Blanc has advocated violent and sexist approaches to dating, even writing on Twitter, "Don't worry. I only abuse women."
Jamaican Sexism Flexes Its Muscles as Gender Gaffes Stir Public Outrage
Most recently, the misogynistic ideas of some of Jamaica's leading men, in both the public and private sectors, has entered the public spotlight.
Hijras, Bangladesh's ‘Third Gender’, Celebrate First Ever Pride Parade
Bangladesh's Hijra community won recognition as a separate gender identity last year, and photo captured them as they took to the streets in colourful style to celebrate the anniversary.
ICT Access and Rural Women Empowerment
Marita Seara Fernández, who blogs on Mujeres construyendo (Women building), calls for the empowerment of rural woman and explains that according to Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 58 million women in Latin America and the Caribbean live in rural areas and 4 and a half million are farmers....
Educating Girls Today, Empowering Women Tomorrow
Marita Seara, who blogs for Voces Visibles (Visibles voices), invites us to reflect on the discrimination that affects girls and teenagers — access to education — and the need of educating our girls today so they can be the empowered women of the future. According to data backed up by...
Mexico: Chauvinism and Homophobia in Political Parties
Arely Torres-Miranda, blogging for Mujeres construyendo (Women building), questions the misogyny and the chauvinism that exist within Mexican political parties, something they all have in common across the board: former representatives of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) who hire sexual services, videos that involve members of the National Action Party...
‘When I Think of Trinidad, I See It in Technicolor': A New Music-Theatre Work Takes the Stage
Global Voices continues its conversation with the show's librettist, Caitlyn Kamminga, and its composer, Dominique Le Gendre.
Quechua-Speaking Bolivian Woman, Denied an Interpreter for Years, Sentenced to Life in Prison in Argentina
Reina Maraz, who barely speaks or understands Spanish, was earlier convicted of the murder of her husband.
A Starboy is Born as Trinidad and Tobago Gets a New Work of Music-Theatre
GV sits down with some of the people behind "Jab Molassie," a daring new play premiering this Thursday in Port of Spain.