Stories about Women & Gender from September, 2015
Maternal Infanticides, Attempted Suicides Highlight Heavy Burden on Tajik Women
'All this happens because there is no social protection for the population. There is an agency to carry out this function, but it is completely useless.'
Haitian President's Sexist Comments Remind Caribbean Feminists They Still Have a Long Way to Go
From schoolboy raps to ministerial threats, women across the Caribbean continue to pay the price for speaking out, says the Code Red feminist blog.
Most Bangladeshi Garment Workers Are Women, But Their Union Leaders Weren't—Until Now
Recent disasters in Bangladesh's garment industry have left hundreds of workers dead or injured. Women workers are taking more of a leadership role in the struggle to unionize.
Brewing Sake in Japan Is Becoming a Woman's Game—Again
In ancient times, it's said that brewing sake was a women's craft. But for the past few hundred years women have been forbidden from brewing. That's changing in big ways.
The Promise of Justice Is Receding, Nicaraguan Women Say
Nicaragua passed Law 779 three years ago to protect domestic violence victims. But women say the law since has been watered down, and courts lack the resources to investigate complaints.
In Northern Thailand, Massage Training Gives Female Prisoners a Second Chance
Every day, a line of customers wait patiently to book massage appointments at the Vocational Training Center. Slots fill up quickly, and many people are told to try again tomorrow.
Umida Ahmedova оn the Burden of Censorship and Being a Female Artist in Uzbekistan
"There was a girl there who did not want to jump from a bridge into the water. We used this image as a metaphor."
Preteen Mother’s Dangerous Labor Revives Concerns About Abortion Rights in Paraguay
Outrage in the wake of an 11-year-old raped by her stepfather being refused an abortion by authorities in Paraguay.
Minority Women Communicators Conference Looks To ‘Occupy the Media and Internet’ in Mexico
The official announcement has been made for the Second Conference of Women Communicators of Indigenous and African Descent. The conference, whose slogan is “We occupy the media, we occupy the internet”, will take place October 6-10, 2015, at the Centro de las Artes CASA (CASA Arts Center) in San Agustín Elta,...
Ugandan Musician Guvnor Ace's May-December Romance Becomes Fodder for Gossip
A 27-year-old musician, Guvnor Ace, has married a 68-year-old Swedish woman. Was it for love or money? Ugandans can't stop speculating, prompting him to release a song called "Old Woman".
Postcard from San Salvador: The Subtle Tyranny of Gangs
"It is estimated that there are around 500,000-to-600,000 Salvadorans involved, in one way or another, with the maras (gangs)—about 10 percent of the population."
Zambia's First Lady Faces Accusations of Being a Political ‘Santa Claus’
Opposition leader Edith Nawakwi alleged that Esther Lungu was using the donations and tours in rural Zambia to campaign for her husband ahead of the 2016 presidential and general elections.
‘Maximizing the Good, Hiding the Bad': How Poverty and Welfare Are Measured in Uzbekistan
In Uzbekistan, poverty has many different faces. Some of them are obscured from view.