Stories about Women & Gender from March, 2007
Palestine: Report on Palestinian Women
The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics issued a report about the situation of Palestinian women in the West Bank and Gaza on the occasion of Mother's Day, writes Palestinian blogger Amal A. Mother's Day is celebrated on March 21 in all Arab countries.
India: Rapes in tele-serials
DesiDabba on the almost flippant use of rape as a plot twister in Indian tele-serials. “While the producers and others involved justify inclusion of such social offences as the ‘demand of the script’ and ‘story-telling’ there are many who simply label it as a cheap TRP tactic. Audiences across the...
Angola: Miss Landmine Angola 2007
“If you are wondering how low some people will sink then this is just about it. Colleagues in Norway sent me an email with this story about a Norwegian project to promote a beauty contest for landmine survivors in Angola and to create a fashion magazine for specially designed clothes...
Brazil: Women's Petition for a ‘Right to Respond’
In order to fulfill Global Voices’ mission regarding neglected media visibility of specific groups we will focus today on a Brazilian contingent which now complains of having had — along with local big media’s complicity — it’s own annual moment of expression and manifestation snatched by the recent visit of the US president to Brazil. George W. Bush’s choice of March 8 as the start of what became known as the ‘ethanol visit‘ to Brazil ended up scrambled with the time when Brazilian Women’s Movements expect to have their voices heard by the society as a whole.
Jordanian Blogs: A Snow Day & Other Mid-March Tales
The biggest story to take the Jordanian blogosphere by storm seems to be the strange weather lately. A snow storm swept the country for 24 hours and many bloggers had many things to say about it. Most got their cameras out to take a shot of the crazy weather and...
South Africa: a blogger passes away
Black Looks writes about Busi, the writer of My Realities blog, who passed away this week, “
Iran:Women in politics
Mohammad Ali Abtahi,reformist politician, talks about women in politics.He writes When no reformist or conservative politicians provide the chance for serious development of women at high levels, it is natural that ladies start their own activities in political arena to defend themselves.The solidarity and social and political cooperation of ladies...
Iranian Women Activists in Pain and Ahmadinejad's Trip to NY
Two of 32 women activists, Shadi Sadr (thanks to Kosoof,we can see her photo here) and Mahboobeh Abassgholizadeh, who were arrested during a peace demonstration in Tehran on 4th of March, are still in prison. The remainder of the jailed women activists were set free. Sadr is a lawyer and...
Egypt: First Female Judges Named
Writing for The Arabist, Issandr Al Amrani links to a newspaper article which says that Egypt has named its first female judges.
Tamil Blogosphere: Reflecting on Women and Gender
International Women's Day evoked quite a lot of posts in the Tamil Blogosphere. Living Smile Vidya is a transgender blogging from Madurai, South India. Through her posts she has been quite instrumental in making other bloggers understand the trials and tribulations transgenders face in India. Her personal recounts the troubles...
Lebanon: Women, Politics and the Zalghouta
This week’s summary of the Lebanese blogosphere has posts about politics, peace activism, internal tourism, tradition, feminism and how to cook moghrabiyeh. So let’s start: In an educational and well prepared historical essay, Mustapha Mond discusses what he sees as the major reasons of the political crisis that Lebanon is...
Japan: Where are the Japanese comfort women?
Ampontan translates a post written by Kiyotani in response to the recent debate about Abe's claim that there was “no evidence” that the recruitment of “comfort women” had been “forcible in the narrow sense of the word”.: I really wonder why no one is talking about the Japanese comfort women....
Kazakhstan: Women's Day in Sayram
Michael Hancock writes about the Women's Day celebrations at the school he teaches at in Sayram, Kazakhstan.
Mexico: Domestic Education for Men
Now here's a pro-active way to celebrate International Women's Day. Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard wants men to change their attitudes about domestic work.
India: On “boardroom pin-up girls”
An article in a mainstream media publication has sthreeling reading between the lines. “Why is it a work-home balance struggle only for the woman? Not once does she consider suggesting that men share or should share the responsibility of the household. While evaluation of general work culture will help no...
Dubai: 200 Women Preachers Trained
Secret Dubai Diary posts a news article which says that 200 women are being trained as preachers in the rich Emirate. He describes the development as “extremely encouraging and significant news.”
Oman: How Not to Flirt
Omani blogger Lym , who is based in Australia, wasn't impressed with the advances of a fellow Arab from the UAE, who was desperately trying to draw her attention.
Morocco, Tunisia: Women to Give Nationality to Children Born to Foreign Fathers
TunisienDoctor writes [Fr]: “Finally another Arab country, Marocco, adopts a law that authorizes women to give their nationality to their children even when married to foreigners. Tunisian women have had this right for about 20 years.”
La Reunion: Women's Day and Women's Magazines
Blogger Pierrot Dupuy comments [Fr] on a local women's magazine's Women's Day issue: “One of the main articles is titled Mentalities Must Change. Sure, no doubt. But why then do all the ads featured in the magazine contribute in conveying a negative image of women?“
Afghan Whispers:Alcohol,Women and Iranian connection
Afghan bloggers and non Afghan bloggers who write about Afghanistan have lot of stories to share: From alcohol to women and afghan immigrants problems. Alcohol Onne Parl tells us why alcohol disappeared from the market last autumn. The blogger says one can hear two versions why alcohol disappeared from the...
James blogs about a recent survey by Japan Health Ministry: 15% of Japanese women between the ages of 20 and 24 cut themselves.