Stories about Women & Gender from March, 2015
Favianna, the daughter of Peruvian migrants to the United States, now 36-years-old, is a force to be reckoned with.
Almost immediately after the contest was announced, VKontakte users began criticizing the Parliamentary League’s decision to make modesty and headscarves the focus of its contest.
Women in Germany are outraged over one insurance company's videos explaining different types of policies, in which women are described as passive and naive — a role more in line with the expectations of the 1950s than 2015. Birte Vogel writes on her blog Thea – Frauen in Sprache, Medien und Gesellschaft (Thea –...
"Vernella has offended every victim of rape and sexual abuse, every child born out of rape and incest...As a woman, she should know better. I am appalled and disgusted."
Although southeast European countries are progressive in many other ways, the decline of women's reproductive rights in some Western Balkan countries has been a worrying trend. In Macedonia, several small protests have been held in recent years to demonstrate people's opposition to government involvement in determining public sentiment on issues...
Seema Basnet and Sangita Magar aren't letting their injuries get in the way of their education.
Acid attacks on women last year in Isfahan created a fearful atmosphere and sparked protests. Despite developments, social media users seem to have moved on from the topic.
"What happened in #Kabul today was absolutely against the law, Sharia law and does NOT represent Muslims in Afghanistan."
For these women, theater is a means to heal trauma and raise awareness of gender-based violence within a country where two women a day are killed on average.
Young volleyball star Sabina Altynbekova has used her overnight fame to present herself as a symbol of Kazakhstan. How far can she go with it?
The Chinese feminists arrested on the eve of International Women's Day have yet to resurface, sparking massive online campaigns for their release.
"Freedom of speech must be complete. However, freedom of conscience and worship must be protected too."
"I know what space did for me -- it pulled me outside of myself -- and I wanted to give that back," Dr. Camille Wardrop Alleyne tells Global Voices.
Eighteen-year-old Memory Banda has managed to escape the cycle that turns half the girls in her southern African nation into brides, and usually mothers, by her age.
For International Women's Day on March 8, residents of Croatia's Rijeka woke up to discover activists had changed the names of many streets to honor forgotten female figures.
As the anniversary of 19-year-old Camilla Duishebaeva's murder approaches, many believe the investigation has been deliberately impeded.
The documentary about the horrific 2012 Delhi rape case wasn't perfect, but any thoughtful critiques were shoved aside when India's government banned the film and asked YouTube to block it.
"But the boss rejected our idea and changed the image. The new caption says, 'You deserve special care.' I saw Google's today, and I just feel sad."
"Even though it isn't an end in itself, this step is a tremendous instrument in favor of human rights in Puerto Rico."
Although International Women's Day was first spearheaded by socialist groups, and focused on working women, the day has now taken on distinctive forms in different locations all over the world.
"Women's rights in Afghanistan can only go so far, until men stand for it too."