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· March, 2017

Stories about Women & Gender from March, 2017

31 March 2017

The Day Latin America Declared Itself Feminist

Activists from Uruguay, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, and Venezuela explain why the International Women's Strike was so important to their region.

Sudden Death of Aqua-Blue-Eyed Model Shocks Maldives

Raudha Athif, the 20-year-old aqua-blue-eyed Maldivian model, was found hanging inside her dormitory room in north Bangladesh on Wednesday. On social media, Maldivians are mourning the loss of this woman.

30 March 2017

What Role Did Brazilian Mainstream Media Play in the Murder of a Teenage Girl? This Filmmaker Wants to Know.

"Eloá’s story is the story of many Brazilians. Brazil is the fifth country in the world in terms of the number of women killed..."

29 March 2017

With Rhinoplasty on the Rise, Whither the Armenian Nose?

“If the [economic] situation is bad, there are fewer operations; if the situation is good, there are many more operations.”

26 March 2017

Reporter's Murder in Mexico Revives Outrage over Violence against Journalists

"They killed Miroslava for talking, for making information that society demands to be public, and for annoying the powerful, in all its forms."

23 March 2017

Is Jamaica Preventing Cybercrime or Cyber Activism? The Tambourine Army Goes to Court

Advox

"Making threats through social media is a criminal offence, but making accusations is not. In interpreting the new act, the courts must ensure [...] the right to freedom of expression.”

22 March 2017

Woman in Mexico Copes With Sister's Femicide by Fighting the Patriarchy

Nadia Muciño was murdered by her husband and her brother-in-law in February 2004. This, however, is not her story. This is the story of her youngest sister, Viviana.

Angola Is on Its Way to Ban Abortion Entirely and Women Are Fighting Back

Angola could join the handful of countries in the world which currently ban abortion in all cases.

21 March 2017

Jamaican Activist Arrested Under Cybercrime Law Amid Her Campaign Against Sexual Violence

Advox

"If the Tambourine Army believe they have exhausted all avenues of ‘proper’ ways to advocate, then I say do what you must, but please don’t give up the fight."

20 March 2017

India Fights to Bring ‘My Freedom Day’ to Its 12 Million Slaves

This year, roughly 12 million slaves in India couldn't celebrate My Freedom Day. That number could rise to 18 million, if more isn't done to help India's most vulnerable.

19 March 2017

Alleged Attacks on Online Media Follow the Tragic Death by Fire of Young Women in Guatemala

Advox

A local media outlet that published testimonies of some of the victims of the shelter fire suffered a DDoS attack.

18 March 2017

A Young Policewoman's Murder Leaves Trinidad & Tobago With More Questions Than Answers

"Should we march as if we have never marched before? Write to the newspapers? Pray? I do not have any of the answers, but I fear far worse."

Photography Project Urges Mexicans Never to Forget Crimes that Have Gone Unpunished

"State crimes in our country remain unpunished since the same system that committed them covers them up. Without justice they remain as open sores."

With Tambourines in Hand and Led by Survivors, a Powerful Movement Against Sexual Violence in Jamaica Rises

A leader of the movement was recently arrested and charged under the country's cybercrime legislation for naming and shaming men accused of sexual violence.

16 March 2017

Guatemala Mourns Dozens of Girls at a Children’s Shelter Left to Die in a Fire

“The girls rebelled and set fire to their mattresses so they would be allowed out of their rooms.” But they weren't.

12 March 2017

Indonesians Gleefully Welcome Saudi King, But Activists Are Wary of Riyadh's Influence

"Saudi learns pluralism from Indonesia. We learn Wahhabism from Saudi. We're even," wrote a Twitter user during the visit.

11 March 2017

The 12 Faces of a Ugandan Woman

From the chess champion born in one of the country's largest slums to the parliamentary speaker. Celebrate them all.

9 March 2017

Controversial Sentence Highlights Mozambique's Problems Prosecuting Domestic Violence

A high-profile domestic abuse case is making waves in Mozambique, following a controversial sentence against the man who partially blinded a former president's daughter.

‘Girls To The Front': Celebrating International Women's Day 2017 in Australia

Australians highlighted both achievements and unrealised goals on International Women's Day 2017.

8 March 2017

We the Governors of the Russian Federation Would Like to Wish You a Happy International Women's Day

RuNet Echo

According to sources in the Kremlin, the order came from the very top: Russian governors were to celebrate International Women's Day "creatively."