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· August, 2021

Stories about Women & Gender from August, 2021

Digital Campaign in Bangladesh gains momentum as women speak up against misogyny

A feminist grassroots network in Bangladesh has started an innovative campaign on Facebook to protest the media trial, moral policing and sexist language in covering women celebrities.

Train attack in Japan exposes misogyny and gender violence

"The common trait among mass shooters, serial killers, and other serial perpetrators of gendered violence is an intense hatred of women."

Namibian female sprinters are victorious at World Under-20 Athletics Championship amidst bans over discriminatory tests

In April 2021, the World Athletics introduced new rules for female classification which banned four athletes — all from Africa — from participating in the 800m race.

The plight of Afghan women under the new Taliban regime 

With the Taliban taking control of Kabul, women in Afghanistan are faced with the bleak prospect of a return to a society that denies their rights.

Belly dancing class in Kuwaiti ladies gym stirs uproar, prompting government intervention

The gym, located in the northern city of Al-Jahra, infuriated its conservative and tribal residents who saw belly dancing classes as violating their traditions and values.

Supporting witnesses: First step towards ending impunity for war crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina

"What is often overlooked is the most important precursor to ending impunity: a secure environment in which survivors can testify, free from intimidation, severe retraumatization, and threats of physical harm."

#FreeRebecca: Global Voices Sub-Saharan Africa condemns the arbitrary arrest and detention of Cameroon’s tech leader Rebecca Enonchong

Global Voices Sub-Saharan Africa demands the unconditional release of Rebecca Enonchong from detention.

Down with the patriarchy: Transfeminist and non-binary Bolivians speak out on TikTok

La Pesada Subversiva hopes to "invade" online spaces with content about anti-patriarchal demands from the voices of the protagonists themselves.

The Brazilian professor who created a crayon set to talk about identity and racial issues

Gladis Kaercher talks about her path as a researcher in the field of Education and the creation of teaching resources for the representation of different skin tones in children's drawings

Dealing with the legacy of wartime sexual violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina

More than one-third of all individuals brought before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, set up to prosecute war crimes, "were convicted on charges of sexual violence."

Arab content creators use social media to talk about sex, sexuality and reproductive health

'If we continue to avoid these conversations and to treat sexual education like a taboo, we are, in fact, only harming those that we are trying to protect.'

Alleged cutting of Rastafarian girl’s locks by police leaves Jamaicans wondering if they are truly emancipated

Rastafarians have been historically mistreated in Jamaica, and the forcible cutting of the young woman's hair has brought up unresolved issues.

Camacho-Quinn's historic Olympic win sparks discussion on Puerto Rican identity

"Did you know that our first and only Olympic gold medals have been won by two women?"

The first woman dub poet, Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, dies at her rural Jamaican home

Reflective of Jamaica’s storytelling tradition, her work involved repeated chanting in a narrative style.

Chronicles of a transgender woman’s visit to the doctor

“Many doctors see her from the point of view that she ’should be’ a man, who for them is so weak that he resorts to wearing feminine garments.”

In Azerbaijan women's rights activists protest outside the Ministry of the Interior

A coffin covered with the names of domestic abuse victims was placed at the entrance of the Ministry of the Interior in Baku on July 30.

In Georgia, a book with stories to empower women written by men garners criticism

"Love yourself," a book featuring 13 women who share their stories of stigma over body image, may have had all the good intentions at heart.

“One, Two, Three!” Jamaicans thrilled by their women sprinters’ Olympic run

The race ended with Elaine Thompson-Herah breaking American sprinter Florence Griffith-Joyner's 1988 Olympic record with a time of 10.61 seconds, making her the second-fastest woman ever.

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