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· December, 2008

Stories about Women & Gender from December, 2008

Japan: Controversy over Imperial Succession

On the 1st of December, the seventh birthday of Princess Aiko (official title: 敬宮愛子内親王殿下, Toshi no miya Aiko naishinnō denka) [en], while the mainstream media in Japan were busy reporting...

Zambia: Labia stretching is not mutilation

Manena discusses the Zambian tradition of elongating the labia minora, which is often classified as a type of female genital mutilation. She explains why she thinks this classification is wrong.

Cuba: Damas March for Human Rights

Both Uncommon Sense and The Cuban Triangle report that the Damas de Blanco marched through Havana on Wednesday – without incident – to commemorate International Human Rights Day.

Hong Kong: Pride Parade 2008 – Celebrate Love

In this coming weekend (13 of December), a coalition of civic groups will organize a pride parade to celebrate diverse love expression. Although Hong Kong is a global city, to...

Israel: Looking for Love? Start Blogging

Hadassah Sabo has a suggestion for finding love online. “Attention single guys/girls! Get a blog and write on it. Write about your dating woes!” she opines. “You know why? People...

Cuba: Idealogical Monogamy

“If concepts such as ‘sick’ have now been banished from the study of homosexuality, why does the adjective ‘counterrevolutionary’ continue to be used for those who think differently”: Yoani Sanchez...

DR Congo: Human Rights and Gender Violence Situation in North Kivu

Today is International Human Rights Day as well as the last day of the campaign "16 days of activism against gender violence" but in many parts of the world there's...

Fact or Fiction: Egyptian President Pardons Sexual Harasser

Egyptian bloggers are divided on whether a sexual harasser sentenced to three years in prison recently has been pardoned. Marwa Rakha brings us the story.

The Balkans: Human Rights and LGBT

Sinisa Boljanovic reviews the situation with gay rights in the former Yugoslav republics.

Saudi Girls Rock!

A group of Saudi young women are making their voices heard - in a manner unheard of in conservative Saudi Arabia. The Accolade is an all-girl rock band which is...

South Korea: Comfort Women Demonstration

Michael Solis from Ohmynews! forecasts the Korean comfort women demonstration on Human Rights Day.

Jamaica: Looking Back

As the year draws to a close, Jamaica and the World looks back on the good, the bad and the ugly of 2008.

Gender imbalance in Malaysian schools

Kian Ming wants to probe deeper the gender imbalance in Malaysia's public universities.

Iran: Students Protest Dictatorship and Gender Apartheid

A group of students held a protest rally against the Iranian government and president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the University of Tehran on Sunday to commemorate Student Day, the anniversary of...

Jamaica: National to be Awarded UN Prize

Abeng News Magazine is proud that Jamaican Dr. Carolyn Gomes “was recently announced as a recipient of the prestigious United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights for 2008.”

Jamaica: The Agony of Defeat?

Jamaican Kadene Porter, writing at Abeng News Magazine, notices that women are often less than gracious “when it comes to conceding defeat in a political campaign.”

Egypt: Dirty Sexy Secrets

Young enlightened Egyptian bloggers write about their society's sex code, racism, bigotry, and lust after scandals - all in an attempt to make Egypt a better place to live in....

Egypt: When Virginity is More Important than Murder

Egypt is gripped with the story of a gruesome murder, in which two university students were killed, in the upscale Sixth of October City’s Sheikh Zayed district. One of the...

Barbados: HIV secrets

Barbados Free Press is outraged that the head of the Barbados Family Planning Association advocates not informing a woman about her husband's HIV-positive status. "[The FPA head] is a menace...

Barbados: a simple story

Living in Barbados tells "a simple story of a woman, whom we will call M", who despite many disadvantages and a lack of formal education managed to raise two accomplished...

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