· April, 2007

Stories about Women & Gender from April, 2007

Bangladesh: Remembering Madhabi

  20 April 2007

Morris the pen revisits Madhabi. “Remember Madhabi Majhi? She was the girl who was allegedly thrown from a balcony in Dhanmondi last year and narrowly escaped with her life. Her story was charted here in the magazine, and the last we saw of her, she was safe at the BNWLA...

Barbados: Domestic Violence

  20 April 2007

“The ‘couple’ who everyone knows were at it again a few nights ago. Screaming, yelling, throwing. Kids crying, doors slamming.” Barbados Free Press wonders if anything can really be done about the issue of domestic violence.

Oman: Gay Marriages a Rumour

Omani blogger Nabhan Abdullatif gets the shock of his life when he hears a fellow student announce in class at his Jordan university that gay marriages are allowed in his country. “He basically went on and on about how gay couples from Kuwait or Saudi Arabia come to Oman to...

Trinidad & Tobago: R-E-S-P-E-C-T

  19 April 2007

Trinidadian blogger Elspeth at Now is Wow responds to a comment on a post she had written about American rapper Akon's appalling behaviour on stage with a female fan, in the context of Elton John's upcoming performance at the Tobago Jazz Festival: “Yes, women should respect themselves and not cheaply...

Ethiopia: March to protest violence against women.

  17 April 2007

A march was organized on April, 14th at Merkel square, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This march wanted to show that women were still at risk of random acts of violence and that more needed to be done from a legal point of view to protect their well-being. The march was organized...

Japan: Adult Woman

  17 April 2007

It is funny that the beauty of adult woman has to be reminded in a society: With nine-year old girls in thong bikinis currently leading the march of eroticism in Japan (or at least grabbing the most real estate in der Zeitgeist), refined culture magazine for urban professionals Brutus has...

Aruba, Puerto Rico: Recognizing Gay Marriage

  16 April 2007

Aruba is the first Caribbean territory to officially acknowledge gay marriage, reports gay news blog. The move follows a three-year legal battle with Dutch authorities that began when a lesbian couple tried to register their marriage on the island. And Vivir Latino says that Puerto Rico may be considering the...

Introducing the Qatari Blogosphere

“A little country with big heart” is how camper described the tiny (but rich) State of Qatar on its last independence day. While that's a nice quaint description, many in the region tend to think of Qatar as “the small country with the big mouth” because it funds and hosts...

Iran:Two women activists are out of jail

According to Varsh[Fa],two women activists, Nahid Keshvarz and Mahboubeh Hosseinzadeh, are out of jail.They were arrested about two weeks ago when explaining people One Million Signatures Campaign.This campaign wants to put an end to discriminatory laws against women.

Yemen: New Role for Women

Blogger Jane Novak links to a news article which says that the Executive Office of Islah Party in Aden affirmed its intent to grant women wide chances of assuming posts in the party. “Good. Yemeni women are very talented, intelligent and have a lot to contribute politically,” she notes.

India: Grand-Aunt and Feminism

  13 April 2007

Blogpourri responds to a tag on feminism by remembering her grand-aunt. “She was married at seven to a 42 year-old man. Following the marriage he disappeared, never to be heard from again. A few years later, he was legally presumed dead and my grand-aunt had her whole life ahead of...

Iran:Veil and punishment

Bar Sahleh Salmat[Fa] says she is shameful that Iranian police announced that women who do not respect veil properly, will be punished.She says she carries chador but it is a personal choice.The blogger writes it is just like all country's problems get solved and only women's hair can make trouble.

India: Your Menstrual Cycle

  12 April 2007

In what comes across as a PR disaster, the government in India appears to be asking women in the civil services about their menstrual cycle and pap smears in their appraisal forms. (News reports suggest that the government has dropped the idea today.) Gilli.in collates some links discussing the issue.

Saudi Arabia: Meet the Abazons

We all know who the Amazons are – but to learn more about the Abazons – Saudi Stepford Wife‘s latest post is a must read. “Abazon- An abaya-clad Amazon who, as their literary counterparts in the past, threaten the masculinity of most Saudi men. As such, the typical goal of...

India: Why work?

  11 April 2007

Indian Mommies links to mommy bloggers from India or of Indian origin. Some fabulous stuff. “I would like to be a working mom, yes! But I have never heard a more ridiculous reason to be one. “Oh What if my husband dies at 47? What will I do?” Please, give...

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