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· March, 2020

Stories about Women & Gender from March, 2020

Belarusian women turn to self-defence in battle against domestic violence

With domestic violence rates in Belarus among the highest in Europe and few legal protections, some women are turning to self-defence classes.

Venezuela’s feminist movement begins rising above political polarization

“The State doesn’t take care of me, my female friends do."

Market mayhem in Uganda as COVID-19 measures upend women’s lives

In Uganda, sudden COVID-19 restrictions have led to increased violence against women in the informal sector, who continue to work as vendors to feed their families.

Digital activism, paintings, and a national strike—how Mexican women protest gender-based violence

The staggering levels of violence against women are front and center in Mexico's feminist movements.

Even with renewed laws, Brazil struggles to protect women amid rising femicide

Brazil has never had that many laws tackling violence against women. Yet it ranks fifth in femicides worldwide.

Chilean women proclaim: ‘We are no longer afraid’

"We are tired of the abuse, of the constant violence. Everything we do is questioned, we encountered obstacles over and over again just to live a normal life. It is...

Cooped up? Trinidad & Tobago's Bocas LitFest has released its 2020 longlist

Self-quarantined? Dive into any of these “nine books by writers with roots in seven Caribbean territories,” which just made the 2020 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature longlist.

Trinidad & Tobago's traditional Carnival characters offer women sexual healing

Onika Henry, a licensed and trained sex educator, counselor and expressive arts teacher, combines her teachings to explore female sexuality and sensuality through Carnival.

Women successfully stage ‘Aurat March’ in Pakistan despite threats

On International Women's Day, thousands of women, transgender people, children and men participated in the annual Aurat March in different Pakistani cities to highlight the plight of women.

‘For this new generation of women, the public body is political,’ says founder of Chilean feminist political party

Pía Barros is a co-founder of the Feminist Alternative Party, one of the new platforms that emerged in Chile in the wake of the 2019-2020 protests.

Media coverage of Delhi riots muzzled in India

On March 6, the Indian government banned two Malayalam news channels for 48 hours for their coverage of the violence in North East Delhi; the decision was reversed the following...

In Argentina, women resumed the fight for #LegalAbortion2020

In 2020, Argentine feminists rekindle the fight for legal abortion with renewed strength and hope.

The anti-feminism of Mexican President López Obrador

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador keeps sending messages that show an astounding lack of support for the victims of femicide.

Sexism and misogyny in Pakistan TV talk shows

A recent ugly spat on a NEO TV Channel talk show exposes the prevailing misbehaviour, sexism, misogyny and abusive language targeting women panellists and anchors in Pakistan media.

In photos: #8M throughout Latin America

Around Latin America, more than a million women marched against gender violence.

Priest wins online anti-prize for Russia's ‘sexist of the year’

A Russian Orthodox priest who stated that women have "weaker minds" has been crowned Sexist of the Year for 2019 — an annual online anti-prize organised by feminist activists.

Why did it take Peruvian authorities 3 years to investigate this woman's murder?

Authorities first dismissed the disappearance alleging she had left her husband for another man.

International Women's Day: How far have we come?

"Although Macedonian women gained the vote in 1946, the progress of the women’s movement here reminds me of the national folk dance – three steps forward, two steps back."

The link between gender-based violence and child abuse in Trinidad & Tobago

"The central point is that violence against women and violence against children are deeply connected, that children are deliberately made victims and witnesses to violence against women."

No place for transgender people in Georgia's labour market

Finding a stable job is a hard enough task for all Georgians — but as Nata and Gabriela's stories show, it's nearly impossible for transgender people.

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