Stories about Women & Gender from November, 2015
Thoughts on Women, Power, Privilege and Black Friday Videos in Pakistan
Privilege and power exist on a spectrum and the video only made me question the conditions that could create this madness in Pakistan.
Life for Bolivian Children in Prison Is Rough, But It Might Soon Improve
Bolivia is possibly the only country in the world that sometimes imprisons children and teenagers with their parents, while the latter serve out sentences for criminal convictions.
Australians Unite to Tackle Family Violence on White Ribbon Day 2015
"More than needing sympathy, those experiencing family violence need well funded services, decent housing, strong social welfare"
Gambia's President Bans Female Genital Mutilation, but There's Still Much Work to Be Done
"Lost in all the celebrations...is the fact that FGM is not banned in The Gambia, at least not yet. There is no enforceable law on the books"
Stranded Migrants, Syrian Refugees and Street Sexual Harassment Hit Costa Rican Headlines
Three events have caused Costa Rica to hit the headlines in Central America in mid November. Let's see what it was about.
Amsterdam’s Sahand Sahebdivani and His Storytelling Phenomenon
In this two-part conversation with Global Voices, Sahand Sahebdivani talks about cultural encounters, female heroes in Persian mythology, the power of storytelling, and the idea of hybrids of cultural exchange.
Women Recognized for Their Contributions to Sports
The International Olympic Committee recognized public figures and organizations that have promoted the participation of women in all areas of sports.
Women at Work: The Collective Now Transforming Hip-Hop in Mexico
A multidisciplinary collective has successfully combated Mexico's stereotypes and faced gender discrimination in the art scene and in Mexican society more broadly.
The Indian Sub-Continent’s Domestic Workers Deserve Much More Than This
Poor pay, lacking legal protections, abuse. That is the abysmal treatment that domestic workers often receive. But change is slowly but surely taking root, one house at a time.
Who's Afraid of Simone de Beauvoir? How a National Exam Had Millions of Brazilians Talking About Gender
Feminists celebrated the national university entrance exam as it asked people to write about the persistence of violence against women. It was a sad day for the trolls.
When You're a Single Woman in the Emirates, but You Still Want a Child
“Even the married people, they don’t talk about adoption. I talk about it because I have a message for my society…[adoption] is the most important thing for society to accept.”
International Tribunal Reopens Indonesia's ‘Forgotten Genocide’
The Indonesian government is accused of orchestrating an anti-communist purge that killed at least half a million people. What kind of reconciliation is possible today?
Thousands March Against Gender Violence in Spain
Even at a moment like this, after such a display of support from the public, feminists are hardly celebrating. Just days after the mass protest, crime stats are rising again.
Calls to Sack New Zealand House Speaker Over Sexual Assaults Fiasco
"Trivalising rape is easy, coming forward is hundreds times harder #SackTheSpeaker #HoldKeyAccountable"
Where's the Outrage Over Mass Rape in War-Torn South Sudan?
The brutal sexual attacks are not indiscriminate. Rape is being used as a weapon of war in the country's civil war.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Crime-Solving Facebook Users Are Back, and So Is the Controversy of Policing Domestic Violence
Back in action are the crime-solving citizens of the so-called 'Facebook Division' of the police. This time, they're after a man who beat his partner with a steel pipe.
‘How Can We Believe Tomorrow It Is Not Our Turn?': Outrage Over 19-Year-Old Afghan Woman's Stoning
"When you see Rokhshana's stoning video you hate yourself as a man. You hate yourself as a human being."
When Were You Sexually Harassed for the First Time? Brazilian Women React to Online Violence
Social networks are increasingly filled with hate speech. This alarming phenomenon, however, is being countered by creative, irreverent, and organized women's groups online.
Music Was the Path to Financial Independence for This Indian Woman
Tritha Sinah fronts the band Tritha Electric. Growing up in Kolkata she says music was her way to financial independence and liberation.
Shiseido's Gender-Bending Commercial
Japanese cosmetic company Shiseido has produced a gender-bending commercial that is turning heads.
Meet the Flourishing Muslim Community in Buenaventura, Colombia
Almost 300 Colombian families of African descent converted to Islam 40 years ago as a form of empowerment in the face of marginalization.