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· March, 2021

Stories about Women & Gender from March, 2021

LIVE on April 7: The other health crisis—breaking the taboo on abortion

Unsafe abortions result in 30,000 deaths each year. Join us to hear women from Uganda, Thailand, Brazil, Pakistan and Poland talk about the reproductive rights situation in their countries.

How a Salvadoran artist teaches Nawat to empower transgender people

A two-spirit theatre troupe celebrates the members’ indigenous ancestors, and themselves as transgender people, through language and art.

The price of dissent: Women and political activism in Vietnam

Women "should think that our fight is not only against dictatorship ... It is also a fight to free ourselves from our own ideological constraints, from the prejudice that we...

In Kenya, abortion focus obscures legislation towards safe reproductive healthcare services

Tagged “the abortion bill” by its opponents, the Reproductive Healthcare bill of 2019 is, in fact, a comprehensive document that only mentions termination of pregnancy in five articles.

Using tablets, activist gets 900 girls and women educated in rural Afghanistan

"Afghan women are the future of this war-torn country."

Ukrainian Central Election Commission official resigns after criticism over Facebook sex toys post

Anzhela Yeremenko faced a barrage of judgmental comments after blogging about a faulty vibrator on her personal Facebook page, igniting a discussion about the line between impropriety and professionalism.

Turkey withdraws from Istanbul Convention, citing ‘normalization of homosexuality’

The convention pledges to eliminate domestic violence and promote gender equality.

Rape case involving major film star and senior politician reignites Serbia's #MeToo movement

The scandal comes on the heels of a similar development that sparked a new #MeToo movement in Serbia in January 2021.

Biru Terong Initiative: Using the power of video for social change in Indonesia

"We use video to capture the social-economic reality of marginalised groups of society and use that footage to stimulate dialogue and learning."

Not just Atlanta, but also Victoria, B.C.

White supremacy in Victoria makes going about daily life pretty easy for people like me, but potentially deadly for a whole lot of other people.

Women ‘don’t have to fit themselves into someone else's perception,’ says Turkish aerospace engineer

An interview Gökçin Çınar, a 30-year-old aerospace engineering researcher from Turkey working at Georgia Tech, in the United States.

‘Aurat March’ 2021 presents feminist healthcare manifesto in Pakistan

Saying that COVID-19 enabled a "Pandemic of Patriarchy," the marchers demanded the government increase the health budget to 5 per cent of GDP so that women may get better healthcare.

Abortion in Argentina: The struggle continues

Argentina's new law on abortion has sparked what seems to be the next historic struggle: to ensure its implementation. 

Personal attacks follow Burundi human rights defender into exile in Uganda

The harassment began in September 2017 after the release of a “hugely damning” UN Commission of Inquiry report on human rights abuses in Burundi, and Chantal Mutamuriza was "singled out...

WATCH: Will Argentina's ‘green tide’ on abortion rights spread throughout Latin America?

Missed the livestream of the Global Voices Insights Spanish-language webinar on abortion rights in Latin America? Here's a replay.

Online rape threats connect Lebanese activist to ‘thousands of other women’ facing abuse

Maya El-Ammar: "Thanks to our experiences with gender-based violence in the offline world, we have rationalized the reality that our virtual world would naturally mirror our off-screen existence."

Called a prostitute by the prime minister, a Slovenian journalist tells her story

"The space for civil society and media in Slovenia has been in decline since Prime Minister Janez Janša’s government came into power in March 2020."

Who can become a parent in France?

Many single women and LGBTQI+ people are forced to go abroad until the country decides to open assisted reproduction technologies (ART) to them.

On International Women's Day, Trinidad & Tobago citizens #ChooseToChallenge gender-based violence

In the wake of two recent high-profile murders, Trinbagonians advocated for tangible steps to be taken to protect women.

For this Filipina journalist, every day is a battle with fear

Rampant impunity means that accountability for attacks against activists and journalists is virtually non-existent.

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