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Stories about Women & Gender

20 May 2020

Addressing ‘gaps in history’ through bush tea: A conversation with Barbadian visual artist Annalee Davis

"Returning to the land today can feed us, contributing to food sovereignty and the wellness sector by expanding our knowledge and use of wild botanicals and their healing properties..."

19 May 2020

Women in Nigeria face a caustic landmine of political advocacy online

Advox

“I’ve grown a really thick skin,” said Fakhriyyah Hashim, co-founder of the #ArewaMeToo movement in northern Nigeria. 

18 May 2020

The healing effects of bush tea: A conversation with Barbadian visual artist Annalee Davis

"I have been concerned with how shared historical suffering reveals itself communally and how individuals and nations manage trauma and the desire for self-fulfilment in small places like Barbados..."

15 May 2020

Women journalists in Uganda carry ‘double burden’ with online attacks and harassment

Advox

Women journalists in Uganda carry the double burden of gender-based abuse online and potential threats related to political reporting. These threats have led women journalists to withdraw from public discourse. 

Truck drivers blamed for spread of COVID-19 in East Africa

Truck drivers in East Africa face an onslaught of new COVID-19 mandates and restrictions in borders towns — causing confusion, fear, endless traffic queues, protests and disrupted trade.

14 May 2020

In Afghanistan, the war does not spare newborn babies inside maternity wards

When Afghans woke up on the morning of May 12, and found out about two new terrorist attacks, they were reminded that the ongoing war had reached new levels of...

Mali holds elections despite COVID-19 pandemic and terrorist threats

Mali's elections were held under unique circumstances: the ongoing threat of Islamist terrorism and governmental restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19.

11 May 2020

Across the Middle East, many women face a double threat: Abuser inside, virus outside

COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has once again exposed the dire state of women’s rights in the Middle East and North Africa and exacerbated the silent but deadly pandemic of domestic violence.

The nightmare in Syria continues amid new coronavirus fears

COVID-19

The gathering of displaced persons in Idlib, Syria, has sparked international concern that this community — living under the harshest conditions — could be deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

6 May 2020

COVID-19 diaries from Wuhan: What future after the pandemic?

COVID-19

"It is natural for us to feel lucky that we stayed alive. However, what about our society? Will it have more respect for human life and rights?"

29 April 2020

Women conquer space in Bolivia's Carnival of Oruro

The Bridge

Long excluded from the festival, woman and non-binary people have now claimed their place.

27 April 2020

COVID-19 diaries from Wuhan: A fake performance

COVID-19

They yelled out from their windows “fake, fake, it is all formalist performance”. This is not the first time the people in Wuhan express their resentment.

24 April 2020

COVID-19 diaries from Wuhan: Feelings of insecurity

COVID-19

I want to go to the park to take a stroll after the lockdown is lifted...

22 April 2020

COVID-19 is also affecting Venezuela's indigenous migrants

COVID-19

Venezuela's borders with Brazil and Colombia have been closed since mid-March,  the use of illegal paths and crossings has increased, with its related dangers.

20 April 2020

How to protect Nigerians’ personal information while combating COVID-19

AdvoxCOVID-19

Combatting COVID-19 through all available legal means is urgent. However, such means need not be at the expense of protecting human rights — including the right to privacy. 

COVID-19 diaries from Wuhan: Volunteers collect help messages during the pandemic

COVID-19

Domestic violence is emerging in the pandemic and volunteers are keeping records of their stories.

17 April 2020

Harvey Weinstein’s prison sentence is a reminder of the difficulty of obtaining justice for sexual assault

The Bridge

"How many have been denounced, prosecuted and sentenced?"

16 April 2020

In Ecuador, an old family home is revamped as a residence for young mothers

"Some arrived with very low self-esteem and are now more confident and have started to feel more optimistic about their future."

14 April 2020

Sierra Leone lifts 10-year ban on pregnant girls attending school

Sierra Leone finally lifts a discriminatory policy that barred pregnant girls from attending school in a new bid to form a more inclusive nation and address injustices against young women.

11 April 2020

COVID-19 revives grim history of medical experimentation in Africa

COVID-19

Africa 'is not a testing lab' for a COVID-19 vaccine. The debate over human testing in clinical trials speaks to a grim history of medical experimentation and exploitation in Africa.

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