Stories about Women & Gender from August, 2017
From Afro-Spanish Identity to De-colonial Studies in Anthropology
"Today I want to believe that we are in a different phase, with greater empowerment, visibility, and recognition of African descended populations, although there is still a lot of ignorance."
Why I Don’t Identify With Feminism, Even When It's Intersectional
"In a space where my vitality is neither disrespected, ignored nor discarded, I, as a black woman, can thrive."
A Kenyan artist designs revolutionary ‘kanga’ celebrating queer love around the world
"We need to open up a space to talk more about sex, and then artists like me want to open that up even more, to talk about queerness."
Banning School-Going Mums Probably Won't Reduce Teen Pregnancy in Tanzania
President John Magufuli has chastised NGOs in Tanzania for encouraging teenage mothers to go back to school, stating that they were leading to a state of "moral decay" in Tanzania.
Global NGOs Call for the Release of Cambodian Land Rights Activist Tep Vanny
“Even though I am in jail, I am handcuffed and I am wearing prison uniform, the reality is that I am forever innocent.”
Three Generations of Jamaican Textile Artists Reflect Strong Women's Voices
“Unresolved injustices are not acceptable […] With this exhibition, I chose to focus on creating a space for healing, of sanctuaries for those to whom justice has been unrequited.”
2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize Winner Trinidadian Ingrid Persaud Talks Writing
"When you are not writing, you should be reading. Writers are never off duty."
She Dared to Say Pakistan’s Most Popular Politician Harassed Her. Then Came the Abuse.
"I wish someone would throw acid on Gulalai's face". The smear campaign against the female tribal politician has been especially fierce on Twitter.
A Team of Women Is Unearthing the Forgotten Legacy of Harvard’s Women ‘Computers’
“Yes, look at...modern women who people associate with the space-based sciences, but go back further...They’ve always been there. As long as they could be, they were there.”
Sexual Harassment and Abuse of Power Threaten the Careers of Many Medical Students in Paraguay
Sexual harassment is a domination strategy that many medical students have had to contend with in one of the most important universities in Paraguay.
Japanese Politician Pressures School Principal About the Use of History Textbook that Explains the ‘Comfort Women’ Issue
‘Why was this textbook selected?’ trended on Twitter after a Japanese politician questioned the selection of a school textbook referencing the ‘comfort women’ issue.