· November, 2006

Stories about Women & Gender from November, 2006

  20 November 2006

Zany who writes for The View from Fez, Morocco, posts part of a paper which highlights plans to increase the number of women candidates in Parliament. Mohammad V University law professor Mohamed Mouaquit, who prepared the study for the Democratic Association of Moroccan Women, states political representation of women in...

  20 November 2006

In the United Arab Emirates, police first arrest men accused of sexual harrassment and then start questioning them, writes Lou Lou in her blog Renderings of Me. There is zero tolerance for any type of sexual harrassment in UAE which is something that deserves respect, she adds.

South Asia: Politics, Happiness, Religion and The Birds

  20 November 2006

The latest from different blogs about the following South Asian Countries: Bangladesh: Bangladesh is facing a political crisis. Unheard Voices: Drishtipat group blog informs about a citizens movement in Bangladesh in which people are urged to wear a black badge demanding a free and fair election and to bring an...

Zimbabwe: silent death

  19 November 2006

Zimbabwean women left to die a silent death, writes This is Zimbabwe. This quote from a government minister might explain something: “We would be better off with only six million people, with our own people who support the liberation struggle; we don’t want all these extra people.”

Arabisc: Culprits, Democracy and the Rule of Law

  16 November 2006

Choosing links from 22 different Arab countries for translation is no easy feat..for however much you try and be selective, you cannot be doing the region and its bloggers any justice. Today I have selected the following links, each highlighting a different woe Arab bloggers have to deal with. Our...

India: Gender Bias in the Domestic Violence Law

  16 November 2006

The Greatbong points to the gender bias in the new Law dealing with domestic violence. The law appears to assume that all victims are female and all perpetrators are male. “That is, I presume (and I am no legal expert) that the gender of the victim and the perpetrator of...

Pakistan: The politics of Women Rights Bill

  16 November 2006

All Things Pakistan looks at the controversy surrounding the politics of the Women Rights Bill which would drastically change the rape laws in the country. However, the post cautions “It is clear that the major proponents of change in laws believe that too many political compromises have been made by...

Pakistan: Hudood Ordinance, Rape Laws and Extremism

  16 November 2006

jamalsadik.com on the Hudood Ordinance – the rape law that antagonized rape victims, and the repealing of this act in Pakistan. “Well it only took them about 30 years, but the Pakistani Government finally had enough with this nonsense. Perhaps Musharraf was getting embarrassed when it would come up over...

Caribbean Women's Forum

  14 November 2006

Collectif Haiti de Provence points to a Radio Kiskeya news article stating (Fr): “The 2d Caribbean Women's Forum ended the evening of November 10th in Fort-de-France, Martinique with the participation of a Haitian delegation led by Feminine Condition Minister Marie-Laurence Jocelyn Lassegue … Delegations from various Caribbean countries (Guadeloupe, Dominica,...

Bangladesh: Segregating and Bengali Classes

  13 November 2006

a bengali in TO writes on sex-segregated schools in Canada and the Middle East, reflecting on personal experiences. “The reason Bengali class was so popular was that it was the only subject that was taught combined. So the scheduling would be such that Bengali boys would join the girls of...

Cambodia: Somaly Mam awarded Women of the Year by Glamour magazine

  13 November 2006

Somaly Mam works hard. She works hard to cope with her past. In her childhood, she experienced rape, torture, and violence. With her husband Pierre Legros, she founded the AFESIP (Agir pour les Femmes en Situation Précaire) NGO in 1997 in Cambodia where trafficking in persons is one of the...

China: sexual service nanny

  13 November 2006

Kai blogs about a new service emerging in China: nanny for single middle age or old men. It costs about 2000 yuan per month and most of the nannies come from rural China. (zh)

Croatia: Legalization of Prostitution

  9 November 2006

Lovorka Marinovic, coordinator of the trafficking prevention program of international organization IOM, says (HRV): Research conducted by IOM shows an enormous lack of relevant data about trafficking despite the issue's relevance for the region. According to the collected info, about 1,300 of the total 6,000 women that were sold in...

India: Women and The Cosmopolitan

  8 November 2006

An interesting (doubtless that it will be controversial) way to look at women's empowerment. By looking at back issues of the Cosmopolitan! Kamla Bhatt writes “Now, comes the important $60 billion question. Has the role of women changed or is it just a cosmetic change that we are witnessing in...

Ethiopian bloggers take on female genital mutilation

  8 November 2006

The highly sensitive subject of female genital mutilation dominated much of the Ethiopian blogosphere over the past week. The sudden interest was sparked by news that an Ethiopian man had been jailed for 10 years in the US for aggravated battery and cruelty to children after prosecutors claimed he had...

Jamaica: Live TV, dead children

  7 November 2006

“a 21st century child not much different from the Victorian: one whose circumstances have forced him to grow up too fast,” writes Jamaican novelist Marlon James in his analysis of the effects of certain forms of mass media on young people.

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