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· June, 2018

Stories about Women & Gender from June, 2018

With the provisional release of accused gang rapists, many ask if Spain is trivializing violence against women

"Not every man is a rapist, nevertheless, now that the five men charged with sexual abuse have been released from jail, we all become potential victims."

The dark side of World Cup fun in Russia: Online mobs are bullying women getting ‘too friendly’ with foreigners

The World Cup euphoria will fade in a few weeks, but hard questions about women's rights in Russia are still lingering, it seems.

Simone Veil, the Immortal: A conversation with author Pascal Bresson on Veil's human rights legacy

"Beyond her image of rectitude and honesty, Simone Veil was, first and foremost, a woman who embodied her era and her struggle."

Did Syrians really have a choice? Final days in Ghouta: Caught between an immediate death and a delayed one

"Should we leave the land of our childhood? How can I take my wife and kids from a dark reality to an unknown one? Many questions and no definitive answers."

Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh jailed on national security charges for representing hijab protesters

"If you ask me what the authorities are thinking deep inside, I will tell they just want Nasrin to sit at home and...and stop defending civil and political activists..."

In Ecuador, a young girl wins the right to have the surnames of both her mothers

"Satya, Helen, and Nicola, through their dream of having the tender happiness of a family, broke barriers of exclusion and established the legitimate presence of the diverse human condition."

‘We are victims who assist victims': Documenting human rights violations in Nicaragua

"The legal possibilities are next to none. The act of making an accusation is a gesture of symbolic justice. It is the first step in facing the trauma."

#BabaeAko campaign unites women in challenging the sexist behavior of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

"I am a mother, a teacher, a Filipino. I condemn Duterte for being a misogynist and making it 'acceptable' for women to be hated and attacked."

This digital novel narrates the violence against ethnic Chinese during the 1998 riots in Indonesia

"20 years on, 1998 is barely acknowledged. There [are] a lot of things to be done in terms of healing, to obtain some forms of justice."

On being black in the white-dominated aid industry

"...the responses of other black women in the sector about the mental gymnastics and marginalization one has to engage in to survive were all too familiar."

Argentina counts down the hours to the vote on legalizing abortion

"If the law is not approved, those responsable for that torture and the eventual deaths will be the deputies who voted against it..."

‘It's not life's plan. It's machismo': Outrage in Peru over 22-year-old woman's murder

"We convene ourselves for Eivy, for all of us. We'll take the streets to protest against a sexist system that dehumanizes us..."

Boycott against Argentinian musician in France sparks debate on cultural appropriation

The cancellation of Argentinian reggaeton singer Romina Bernardo by Black French activists open the door to discussions about appropriation that had so far had little space online.

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