Stories about Women & Gender from May, 2016
He is done with abortion, now its birth control and population planning. Next in line: how many times a night we can have sex, God willing.
Hindu Religious Leader Tells Child Marriage Critics in Trinidad & Tobago to ‘Mind Your Own Damn Business’
"That’s exactly the sort of idea that, if you let bounce around in your head for a bit, leads to an aneurysm."
"I think respect for women is vital and it starts with everyday interactions."
"This reveals a society that is criminal and violent against women, which sees that a woman’s body as made for man's consumption."
A fundraiser springing from the massive public response to the story raised over $4,000 in the space of a single day.
From long hair to short, from heavy make-up to more subtle, beauty conventions in Japan have undergone a fascinating transformation over the past century.
All Afghans are affected by the country's ongoing crisis of governance, but it is the long-suffering Hazara minority that has run out of patience fastest.
"This is not just an issue of age and maturity, but once again, of power."
The story is so absurd that it seems funny, at first glance. But the Iranian state's problems with Kim Kardashian are no laughing matter.
Trinidad and Tobago is a society of contradictions: the legal age of sexual consent was recently raised from 16 to 18, even as another law on marriage differs significantly.
Only recently freed from prison, one of Russia's most notorious criminals has attacked two suspected bordellos in St. Petersburg, assaulting and humiliating the women inside.
According to a recent report, many rural households in India continue to engage in manual scavenging, finding that it has less to do with poverty than with enduring caste-based discrimination.
"We're all saddened by the tragic loss of Yuyun. Perpetrators must be arrested and receive maximum punishment. Women and children must be protected from violence."
Dilbar Gurgova was ostracised and driven into poverty after her husband was detained on extremism charges. Compatriots working in Russia were eager to help.
"We judge her everything merely on the basis of her size and colour of her skin," wrote Tiyash Mukhopadhyay about a popular meme featuring Oscar-nominated Hollywood actress Gabourey Sidibe.
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"Social media has played a key role in exposing the high rates of violence that Mexican women endure, as well as the silence and machismo that often surrounds it."
"#JusticeForJisha Find the culprits. End victim blaming mindset. Stop feeding the rape culture."
"I constantly had to explain myself to others. There were whispers, giggles and derogatory comments: 'She’s gone butch.'"
Trinidad and Tobago Has Qualified for Gymnastics in the Olympics, So Why Aren't People Happier About It?
Hashtags. Online petitions. Lawyer's letters. None of these could save gymnast Thema Williams' dream to compete in the 2016 Olympics, but Trinidad and Tobago will still be represented in Rio.
From sword-wielding nomads through commandos toting automatic rifles, women have played their part in defending the country's borders.