· October, 2008

Stories about Women & Gender from October, 2008

Armenia: Fingernails

  20 October 2008

Elizabeth's Armenia Journal, a Peace Corps Blog, post photographs and comments on the obsession most local women have with having their fingernails painted.

Canada: Indigenous Femicide on the Spotlight

  18 October 2008

Canadian documentary which is bringing to public attention the disappearances and murders of more than 500 aboriginal women in Canada in the past 30 years. The film is called Finding Dawn, by Christine Welsh. The movie is named after Dawn Crey, who was the 23rd victim whose DNA was recognized in the largest serial murder investigation in Canada back in 2002-2004.

Russia: Mozhaisk Women's Colony

  14 October 2008

Grigory Pasko visits Mozhaisk women’s prison colony and writes at Robert Amsterdam's blog about “what a women’s colony in today’s Russia is like and what is a ‘house of the child’ in this colony.”

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Concern about Crime

  13 October 2008

Bloggers are concerned as rape crimes continue to increase in St. Vincent. Abeni: “This is so disturbing because there is a tendency to believe that there is safety in numbers. This rapist is making a mockery of everything we hold dear.” Lullabies, Fairy Tales and other Self-Delusions: ” Everyone has...

Jamaica: Changing Attitudes?

  13 October 2008

As The Jamaica Gleaner runs an article on the changing attitudes towards homosexuality (along with an interesting choice of stock photography), My View of JamDown from Up So wonders “what/if any backlash there will be among readers regarding this picture of two women, especially considering this is published on a...

Jordan: Domestic Violence Month Marked

  12 October 2008

Palestinian/Jordanian Shuger Cuebs says October is Domestic Violence Month in Jordan. “It’s time to speak. Make your voice heard in every possible way. It’s your duty and your right to stand up for yourself and your sisters,” she urges.

Azerbaijan: Peace Corps Volunteer Blogs

  12 October 2008

The U.S. Peace Corps started working in Azerbaijan in 2002. Since then, over 190 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in Azerbaijan and a number set up blogs from the beginning of 2006. Operating outside the capital, Baku, the blogs detail life in the regions of an oil-rich country that few would otherwise experience.

Egypt: We are All Laila

  11 October 2008

We are all Laila, echo Egyptian female bloggers in one voice. Who is Laila and why do Egyptian girls and women associate themselves with her? Read on to learn how Egyptian bloggers are working to break the gender barrier and make their voices heard.