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· July, 2018

Stories about Women & Gender from July, 2018

Social media users are trying to combat harassment in Pakistan — but will state institutions do their part?

Aimal Khan's arrest following public outcry on social media is a good sign. But will justice prevail?

Ugandan women say #HarassmentIsNotLove as cyber harassment ruling draws backlash

"Even after the ruling, people lashed out at me ... I am stronger and this is not the first time I have suffered this kind of media framing."

Michel Gonzalez Nuñez: “I imagine it is shocking to approve a ‘homosexual’ law in a ‘revolution’ so pumped with testosterone.”

"If only partially granting rights and liberties makes a society "revolutionary", then someone needs to explain to me what "revolutionary" means. To me, this is a contradiction."

Parkour for peace: Kabul youth turns war-pocked landscape into a playground for dare devils

"When we tried to attend parkour events in Europe our visa applications were refused just because we hold Afghan passports."

Iranian authorities arrest ‘Instagram celebrities’, in effort to assert control over social media

Iranian authorities announce plans to filter Instagram because of the evils of "Instagram celebrities". A few days later, the state broadcaster reveals the arrest of several "Instagram celebrities."

The importance of having an Afro-feminist activist in Costa Rica's government

"While Marielle Franco was assassinated in Brazil for being a black, feminist and dissenting voice...Epsy Campbell, a recognized leader of the Afro-Latin American movement, was elected vice president..."

Uganda's tax on social media will widen the digital gender gap

"When I interviewed women living in...a slum in Kampala, I learned that for them, WhatsApp and Facebook are the internet...with the new tax, they will be cut off altogether."

Ugandans say #NoToSocialMediaTax because it exploits women, youth and the poor

Ugandans are saying #NoToSocialMediaTax because it is unconstitutional, increases poverty, targets youth, and exacerbates the digital divide.

A mother in the minefields: Women work to make disputed Nagorno Karabakh a safer place

Years after the conflict between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces over Nagorno Karabakh peaked, the disputed region was still posting 20 or more civilian casualties from landmines annually.

Tired of murders targeting women, Ugandans take to the streets in peaceful protest

"And so I march. To remember them, they were not given any justice and no one was held accountable for their gruesome deaths. But I recognize them."

The women behind Armenia's “Velvet Revolution”

The massive protests that felled a long-time ruler showed citizens' impatience for political reforms. But many women want change to go even further.

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