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· February, 2015

Stories about Women & Gender from February, 2015

28 February 2015

Parliament Watchdog Connects Ugandans to Women MPs Through Twitter

Parliament Watch Uganda organized the #MPsEngage Twitter chat with women members of parliament to discuss the topic 'Making Women Count in Legislative Processes'.

25 February 2015

Russian Lawmakers Propose Banning Women Under 40 from Smoking

RuNet Echo

“Female smoking,” the legislation’s explanatory note says, “harms the body’s reproductive system, causing irreparable damage to the genetic stock of the nation.”

Facebook Campaign Garners Iranian Journalist Masih Alinejad Women's Rights Award

24 February 2015

The Campaign Against Gender-Based Violence in Reggaeton Lyrics: Phase 2

The campaign recently released new images, posted on its Facebook page, that—very graphically—showcase the violence described in the lyrics of several very popular songs that are often performed in public.

21 February 2015

The Politics of ‘Wining’ in Trinidad & Tobago

Did a candidate for prime-minister just 'wine' on a female reveller at the carnival? This political scandal is a potent cocktail of sex, race and patriarchy.

20 February 2015

Can Istanbul Be Saved from Overdevelopment?

Build, build, build. Turkey's largest city is under a redevelopment siege threatening the buildings and communities that are part of its fabric.

19 February 2015

Cuban LGBT Activist Takes On Conservative ‘Family Code’

An article published in the state newspaper Granma has fueled a debate about the obsolescence of the Cuban Family Code.

18 February 2015

Trolls Target Brazilian Woman After She Shares Her Traumatizing Rape Story on Facebook

Ten years after she was raped, Viviane Teves publicized her struggle to move on. Trolls got a hold of her phone number and began to harass her on WhatsApp.

16 February 2015

Turkey Mourns a Female Student's Brutal Death

News of the horrific murder of a female student last week opened up the discussion about gender-based violence in Turkey, and public anger came steaming out.

14 February 2015

Mozambique Governor Becomes Target of Backlash—Simply Because She's a Woman

Stela Pinto was nominated as Gaza province's first woman governor, but ever since she's endured attacks on her reputation, including the circulation of obscene photos said to be of her.

Japan Needs Apartheid, Says Influential Conservative Author

Noted Japanese author and conservative political activist Ayako Sono advocated in a newspaper column that immigrants to Japan be separated by race and forced to live in special zones.

11 February 2015

The Caribbean Is Stuck in a ‘Blame the Victim’ Mindset

A couple of recent cases reveal that one of the most disturbing aspects of the region's complicated relationship with sex and gender is alive and well.

Iran, Beyond The Headlines

The Bridge

It's the 36th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, and six years since the 2009 Green Movement. Mahsa Alimardani reflects on her last visit to Iran in 2010.

9 February 2015

A ‘Last Prophet’ Faces Jail for Land-Grabbing and Polygamy in Tajikistan

Seven wives, twenty kids and tens of disciples: Sheikh Temur reportedly claimed to be God's messenger, but his Judgement Day came sooner than he may have expected.

6 February 2015

Malaysian Fan Girls Threatened With Jail Time Over Public Hugs From K-Pop Stars

One Malaysian TV channel posted a YouTube video of a fan meeting with band B1A4 under a title that accused the musicians of having "molested Muslim girls".

4 February 2015

Male University Students in Taiwan Wear Skirts to Support Transgender Community

"I cannot help but feel sad. What makes us be so overcome with negative feelings when we see a minority who is different from us?"

Natural Hair Gets Barbados School in a Twist

It's nothing new, but netizens cannot understand why natural black hairstyles are deemed so offensive to authority figures in the Caribbean. Could race, rank and personal grooming be so intertwined?

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