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· February, 2016

Stories about Women & Gender from February, 2016

29 February 2016

Body-Policing and Identity Politics Bog Down Trinidad Gymnasts’ Olympic Dreams

"So many countries celebrate an athlete's body. In my country, a female athlete could be shamed and disciplined for showing hers."

28 February 2016

Is Japan Having Sex?

How much sex are Japanese people having, anyway, and could having more sex help Japan improve its declining birth rate?

Sexual Violence a Crime Against Humanity, Guatemalan Court Rules in Historic Verdict

In a historic ruling, a Guatemala court sentences former military men for murder, rape and enslavement of indigenous women, categorizing the offenses as crimes against humanity.

‘Little Teresa’ Helps São Paulo Women Fight Drought and Male Domination—With Rain Barrels

Brazil's largest city is coming out of a drought, but its impact wasn't all bad. One woman saw it as an opportunity to empower women and bring her community together.

27 February 2016

Young Women in Kosovo Are Writing Code to Fight Harassment

Developers of a new app, Walk Freely, hope it will help solve Kosovo’s sexual harassment problem.

Efforts Continue to Free Indigenous Activist and Ex-Director of Community Police in Mexico

Thirty months after Nestora Salgado's arrest, efforts to free her continue. The charges against her haven't been dropped even though international bodies have recognized her detention is illegal and arbitrary.

25 February 2016

UN Human Rights Official Pulls No Punches in Assessment of Hungary

After a nine-day visit, UN Special Rapporteur Michel Forst highlighted the disheartening conditions human rights activists face in Hungary.

24 February 2016

Homophobia Mars a Chechen Model’s Dream

RuNet Echo

Many models dream of scoring a photoshoot for Dolce & Gabbana. 17-year-old Ilona Bisultanova's dream came true last month, but what followed online wasn't entirely beautiful.

23 February 2016

Aqeela Asifi: A Teacher in Exile Continues the Struggle

Imagine teaching for 23 years in a small Afghan refugee camp, and then, one day, learning that Stephen Hawking himself has lauded you and your work

Swasthani Vrata Katha in Photos: Nepal’s Month-Long Festival of Fasting and Praying for Spouses’ Well-Being

The ritual is said to have started after King Himalaya’s daughter Parvati, the Hindu goddess of love, fertility and devotion, spent a month fasting and praying to the goddess Swasthani.

22 February 2016

Love in the Time of Zika

An interview with Salvadoran reproductive rights activist Sara García. In El Salvador, abortion is defined by law as a criminal act, without exception.

20 February 2016

Online Documentary Preserves Oral History Surrounding 1950s Yugoslav Anti-Veil Law

The law was adopted "... to achieve the goal of removing the century-old sign of subjugation and backwardness of of Muslim women..."

18 February 2016

Colombia Introduces Harsher Prison Sentences for Acid Attacks

Every year, an average of 100 people suffer an acid attack in Colombia, where recently a law was passed to tough sentences and take judicial benefits away from the perpetrators.

17 February 2016

It's Finally Official: Port of Spain's Mayor Resigns Over His Victim-Blaming Remarks

"Some of these old dogmatic doctrines of […] rural Trinidad and, and the Trinidadian society of the 50s and the 60s are no longer relevant in a modern world."

Three Important Hashtags Muslim Women Used to Battle Islamophobia and Sexism

The Bridge

Increasingly, Muslim women are turning to Twitter to take on people who use them as pawns to justify misogyny, racism, imperialism, and militarism.

16 February 2016

Remember When the Mayor of Port of Spain Promised to Resign for Victim-Shaming a Murdered Woman? He Doesn’t.

Port of Spain's mayor promised to step down after blaming a woman's murder on her choice to wear a bikini. Then he un-promised, refusing to leave office.

In Trinidad and Tobago, Violence Has Been ‘Normal Normal’ For Way Too Long

The Bridge

In Trinidad and Tobago people have come—at their peril—to accept that violence is a part of life. But maybe it's time to push back against this idea?

15 February 2016

Citizens Protest Against Trinidad Mayor's ‘Vulgar’ Victim-Blaming Statements

"Clothing does not cause violence. Dark streets do not cause violence. Walking alone at night does not cause violence."

14 February 2016

This Valentine's Day, a Crash Course in Thinking Critically About Love

Could Valentine's Day be a good date to think critically about love and its relationship with politics, social conventions, or even violence against women?

The Daughters of Violence Fight Back Against Street Harassment in Mexico with Art

Three Mexican girls are fighting back against street sexual harassment that victimises women, with wit and punk rock.