Stories about Women & Gender from October, 2016
Rural Women in Northern India Are Challenging Patriarchy by Removing Their Veils
"If women want to wear veil let them. If they do not want to wear veil let them. It is [as] simple as that."
After a Well-Known Artist's Tragic Death, Taiwan's LGBT Community Demands Marriage Equality
"Don't just pay lip service to "equal rights for the LGBT community". Words are empty! As long as same-sex marriage is not legalized, it means nothing!"
An Indigenous Woman Could Be a Presidential Candidate in Mexico Two Years From Now
The extreme Mexican left hints at nominating an indigenous woman for the 2018 presidential election. Meanwhile, in Chiapas, women are forced to renounce their positions because of their gender.
How the Women of a Conflict-Affected Village in Georgia Waged a Battle Against Gender Stereotyping
"Sometimes they would joke: 'You are from the office of unmarried women, right?'"
A Social Media About-Face in Trinidad & Tobago Highlights the Complexity of Domestic Violence
"The fact that she’s decided to return to that relationship […] means she can be seduced by affection and scared of retribution, like all human beings."
Myanmar’s Laws and Societal Attitudes Make Girls Vulnerable to Abuse
An 'International Day of the Girl' celebration in an internally displaced person camp in Kachin State, Myanmar highlights the lack of government protection of victims of gender-based violence in Myanmar.
How High Homicide Rates Affects Women from Low-Income Communities in Brazil
Homicide victims in Brazil are mostly men, young, black and part-black people from low-income families. How does this impact the future of black and low-income women?
Nigerian President Says First Lady ‘Belongs to My Kitchen’ and ‘The Other Room’
"I don't know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room," the president said.
She Needs Justice: The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast
This week, we’ll introduce you to women seeking or achieving justice in Poland, Uruguay, Russia and Syria.
A Transgender Woman’s Modest Election Win Is a Huge Victory for Brazil’s Trans Community
"No one cried for us. On the contrary. To many families, as it still is today, it’s a relief when they kill us or when we die."
New Abortion Ban Proposals in Poland Mean the ‘Black Protest’ Movement Isn't Over Yet
"I am counting on another Black Protest against the barbaric statement of Kaczyński who wants to create a hell. A protest that will defeat him."
Blinded, Married, and Turned Loose in the Ring: Three Stories of Girls in Modern-Day India
Global Voices reviews a few stories covered by the Video Volunteers community's citizen journalists, showing how girls in India face and cope with various gender-related challenges.
Boy Bands, Ballet and Battles over Masculinity in Central Asia
"They shouldn't come here. We are for national traditions, wherein a man is a man, and a woman is a woman."
Women in Poland Go on ‘Black Monday’ Strike Against Proposed Abortion Ban
"I demonstrated today, because I just can't accept the new proposals of the abortion law in Poland. If they go through, the will destroy women's bodies, minds and souls."
The Women Who Resisted Uruguay’s Dictatorship Get a Film Honoring Their Heroism
Manane Rodriguez's “Migas de Pan” tells the story of a group of women tortured and sexually abused by Uruguay's dictatorship, set thirty years after the regime's fall.
Polish Pro-Choice Protest Movement Prepares Nationwide Strike on “Black Monday”
On October 3 many women in Poland will not be at their work stations, and housewives will leave domestic chores undone.