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· August, 2016

Stories about Women & Gender from August, 2016

The Burkini Ban Is Only Skin Deep

By focusing on a law governing what women can and can't wear, we're missing the deeper point of the argument.

What Monica Puig's Olympic Gold Medal Means for Puerto Ricans

"I think I united a nation."

A Citizen Journalist in India Took on the Local Government Over Pensions—and Won

"I know how important are a few hundred rupees in an impoverished person’s life. It means food, medicine and security."

Nicaragua Has a Cervical Cancer Problem. A Coffee Farm Is Trying to Help.

Nicaragua has the highest cervical cancer death rate in the Americas —and women must face down societal pressure even to get treated.

With Brazil's ‘More Love Between Us’ Project, Women Lean On Each Other

One forward-thinking Bahia-born journalist hatches an online gift economy project with an important difference — it's exclusively for women.

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: The Status Quo Has Got to Go

This week we tell you tales of protest, tragedy, and discrimination from Ethiopia, Egypt, Pakistan, Trinidad and Australia.

Snapchat Filters Allow Sexual Assault Survivors in India to Share Their Stories Anonymously

"Praise be to HT's mobile editor Yusuf Omar for turning a pointless innovation into a powerful upliftment tool."

It's ‘No Mean Feat’ Being a Female Human Rights Activist in Timbuktu, Says Psychologist Fatoumata Harber

"We’ve got to make people aware of the reality: that the majority of people living in northern Mali are not in any way connected to these armed groups..."

‘Disappointed’ Activists Criticize India's ‘Iron Lady’ for Daring to End Her 16-Year-Long Hunger Strike

"They want me to remain a martyr forever. But I can’t always be a martyr."

Russia's Parliamentary Race Gets Another Erotic Tabloid Scoop

Baronova has refused to comment publicly about the leaked pictures, but she did say she'll be happy to “take up the discussion about her chest” after the elections are over.

Global Voices Partners With India-Based Video Volunteers

With a focus on India, Video Volunteers trains disadvantaged citizens in video journalism and data gathering so they have a voice in media and can demand their rights.

Aside From the Singaporean Swimmer Who Beat Michael Phelps, Meet the Other Southeast Asian Olympic Gold Medalists

Singapore and Vietnam have bagged their first ever Olympic golds in Rio, Thailand has topped the podium twice and the Philippines has ended a two-decade medal drought.

Filmmaker Digs Up the History and Controversy Beneath ‘100 Years of Beauty’ in the Dominican Republic

Inspired by the Cut.com series, Lala Films tells the history of Dominican beauty over the past century. And it doesn't leave out the controversy.

Tokyo's first female governor won in a landslide victory, but she faces a rough road ahead

At her first day on the job, she was snubbed by Tokyo's assembly members.

Porn, Prostitution, or Death: Being Trans in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

"We know our rights and we are standing up to claim them.its just the beginning. We are a movement, we are pink warriors. There is no going back. "

Feminism Is a Difficult Battle for Black Caribbean Women

Standing up for women's rights is tough enough without being poor, black, or marginalised. One blog will speak out for Caribbean women at the upcoming Black Feminisms Forum in Brazil.

In Nike's Ad About Female Athletes in India, Too Much Glamour, Not Enough Names?

"That Nike Ad shows how little we know about female sportsperson or athletes in this country."

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