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· January, 2017

Stories about Women & Gender from January, 2017

31 January 2017

Tabloid Tells Abusers How to Exploit Russia's Decriminalization of Domestic Violence

RuNet Echo

The pro-Kremlin tabloid “Life” shared a bizarre video, titled “He Beats You Because He Loves You,” reviewing the “top five ways to commit domestic violence” and get away with it.

28 January 2017

Goodbye to Buchi Emecheta, Celebrated Nigerian Novelist Who Broke Gender Barriers

"Perhaps Emecheta’s grandest legacy was making us realise that feminism isn’t alien to Africa. She clearly defined African feminism as one that is different from that of the West."

27 January 2017

The Difficult Work of Building an Inclusive, Women-Led Coalition to Resist Trump

"If you want to know if you are going the right way follow women of color, brothers and sisters."

The Struggle to End Female Genital Mutilation in Africa

"If I had previously known what I know today, I would never have circumcised a single woman. We have caused much suffering to many daughters and wives."

23 January 2017

Snapshots of Migrants Working at a Riverside Brickworks in Myanmar

In some cases, children as young as five years of age share in their family’s labor when they really should be playing or studying at school.

Thousands of Women March to Reclaim Public Spaces Across India

Thousands of women across India rally, carrying signs reading, “I will go out,” in a campaign to reclaim their right to public spaces without fear of being attacked.

20 January 2017

With One More Vote, Trinidad and Tobago Could Ban Child Marriage

Child marriage will likely soon be illegal in Trinidad and Tobago, but the country's new legislation isn't likely to end the controversy surrounding the practice.

18 January 2017

All-Woman Brewery Brings Craft Beer to Kyrgyzstan

“They come to us and say, 'We want to see your beer in our restaurant.' We tell them: join the queue.”

A Nepali Transgender Model Is Set to Break Boundaries on the Catwalk at Lakme Fashion Week

"The path surely must not have been easy but I'm sure that this path will lead you to a bright and beautiful future that you truly deserve."

17 January 2017

Writing to ‘Dismantle the Silence’ Surrounding Sexual Exploitation of Poor Young Women in Jamaica

"...for the first time, Jamaican women see their stories of sexual assault and questions of self-worth being tackled on the page without it demonizing them or portraying them as caricatures."

Trinidad & Tobago's First Female Murder for 2017 Is a Schoolgirl, Deepening Fears About Gender-Based Violence

"I don't know what worries me more, the unending spate of violent crime fed by an abysmal detection rate or the lack of ideas by law enforcement and government..."

13 January 2017

The Best of Latin American Info-Activism in 2016 (Part II)

The organization SocialTIC reviews 2016's most inspirational info-activist projects in Latin America.

Old Misogynist Hatreds Fuel a New Year’s Massacre in Brazil

It's a disturbing notion, but much about the man who massacred 11 people on Jan. 1 is hardly unusual, when it comes to gender-based violence

Trinidad & Tobago Moves to End Child Marriage, Despite Religious Opposition

"This is not a matter of cultural relativism. It is a matter of cruel criminal behaviour."

10 January 2017

Meet the Tireless Elderly Women from Tepoztlán Fighting to Save the Environment

"Battle of the Saucepans" helped the community to view women as not only participants in the fight, but as protagonists. Just as they are in real life.

9 January 2017

How Many Cows Does It Take To Get A University Degree?

Paying for higher education in Paraguay is difficult for most citizens. For indigenous women, it is doubly difficult.

8 January 2017

An Indonesian Village's First Female Chief Ended Illegal Logging With Spies and Checkpoints

“I thought it was time for me to be brave and run for village leader,” Hamisah says.

6 January 2017

Is the World Ignoring Possible Genocide in Southern Kaduna in Nigeria?

"The level of barbarity was such that pregnant women got their wombs blown out and massacred before their children. And these innocent children were not spared either..."

3 January 2017

Crowds Assault Women During New Year's ‘Night of Shame’ in Bangalore

"The Bangalore NYE event is shocking. Such disrespect and insecurity is being created for women"

2 January 2017

Award-Winning Chinese Human Rights Journalist: ‘This is a Calling, Not a Career Choice’

Advox

Twenty-six-year-old journalist Zhao Sile won a Hong Kong Human Rights Press Award for her 2016 story, "The Fate of Chinese Rights NGOs."