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· November, 2016

Stories about Women & Gender from November, 2016

Alipay’s New App Abuses Personal Data and Reinforces China's Class Divisions, Critics Say

"Even if the company needs to expand into social media, it should use a better means rather than being so shameless."

Bold Film About an Indian Woman's Sexual Awakening Accused of Pardoning Pedophilia

"In a country where women and kids are often subjected to violent crimes, this normalization of an aggressive act becomes even more problematic."

White Ribbon Campaign Enjoins Singaporean Men to Reject Gender Violence

"We need a culture of equality, not disrespect. As an athlete, I want everyone to know that strength does not mean dominance and aggression."

In Afghanistan, Women's Rights Still Struggle to Take Root

"Being delivered into this world by someone brain-defected, the deputy to the Kabul clerical council must himself be without a brain."

Brazilian Activists Outsmart Facebook's Censorship of the Female Nipple

"What are the real differences between one portrait and another? What is offensive in one nipple that isn't in the other?"

Paraguayan Women Face Uphill Battle Against Violence, and the State Isn’t Much Help

In light of current legislation that could allow for a frontal assault against the abuse of Paraguayan women, Kurtural gathered testimonies and reflections regarding abuse, institutional aloofness, and society's burden.

Sharing the Untold Stories of Child Abuse to Raise Awareness in Bangladesh

"She used to cry in fear seeing strangers, 'Uncle is coming, uncle is coming..' Her family thought she was possessed by Djinns."

A Mother’s Fight for Her Son Exposes Lebanon’s Institutionalized Sexism

Fatima Ali Hamze was arrested for refusing to give up custody of her son, sparking what could signal a new women's rights movement in Lebanon.

She Misses Being a Guerrilla, but This Former FARC Fighter Is Starting a New Life Back Home

Xiomara picked up a gun and joined the FARC at age 14. Like thousands of other women, she is now figuring out how to leave that life behind.

In Paraguay, Many of the Country's Poorest Girls Undergo Slavery Just to Receive an Education

Despite laws, a supposedly free educational system and agreements to protect children, many girls from Paraguay's poorest communities must submit themselves to "criadazgo" in order to access formal education.

Who Is Duterte? Into the Deep Podcast

He’s called US President Obama a son of a whore. His war on drugs has killed thousands. But that’s only half the story when it comes to Philippines President Duterte.

Shehzil Malik Draws the Harassment She Experiences on Pakistan's Streets

“Seeing a woman outside should be normal...It shouldn’t matter. But the fact that it does means this conversation needs to happen."

Russian ‘Sex Evangelist’ Wants Women to Be Honest About Faking Orgasms

Built around the hashtag #честныйоргазм (“#HonestOrgasm”), the new campaign by “sex evangelist” Elena Rydkina encourages women to share life stories about times they faked orgasms to please partners.

Indian Shooter Heena Sidhu Says ‘No’ to Iran's Hijab Rule, and Social Media Rallies Behind Her

"Heena Sidhu pulls out of the Asian Airgun Championships in Iran because of a compulsory hijab rule. A ridiculous rule. And, a brave stance."

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