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· August, 2010

Stories about Women & Gender from August, 2010

Jamaica: Refugee Status

  12 August 2010

The Caribbean Camera reports on the case of “a gay man from Jamaica [who] has been granted refugee status in Canada on the basis of discrimination against him.”

Azerbaijan: Reputation

  11 August 2010

Scary Azeri recounts some personal stories of how people in Azerbaijan love to spread gossip. Also true for the other two countries making up the region, and especially Armenia, such an intrusion into the private lives of others is particularly relished when it comes to presumed relationships between men and...

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Bangladesh: Visitors Share Their Thoughts On Grameen Ventures

  5 August 2010

This summer, eight students and faculty members from the Master of Public Administration program of the Northern Kentucky University in Kentucky, USA are completing an internship at Grameen Bank in Bangladesh. They have made numerous field visits and are recording their experiences in their blogs using texts, pictures and videos.

South Korea: Teenage Moms Quit Schools, Survey Shows

  5 August 2010

A survey shows most of teenage moms drop out of schools after got pregnant with babies, against their will to complete high school education. The Korean society started to address this largely ignored issue by taking a baby step forward by considering building state-run facilities and changing education law, South...

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Pakistan: Gang Rape Of Nurse Causes Outrage

  4 August 2010

The gang rape of a trainee nurse by a medical officer at a government hospital has caused outrage in Pakistan. Bloggers discuss the need for better implementation of the work place harassment bill and demand actions to curb the increasing incidences of rape.

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Caribbean: On Freedom

  2 August 2010

Yesterday, August 1, marked the 172nd commemoration of Emancipation Day in many English-speaking Caribbean territories, when African slaves were freed from their British colonists. Today is a public holiday in many countries throughout the region and a few bloggers are taking the opportunity to reflect on what the occasion means to these developing islands.

Indonesia: Gossip shows and sex change declared forbidden

  1 August 2010

Indonesia's highest state sponsored Muslim clerical organisation, the Majelis Ulama Indonesia, has issued a fatwa (ruling) declaring gossip shows and sex change operations as haram or forbidden. The government is not obliged to apply the fatwa into law.

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China: Sex workers demand legalization, organizer detained

  1 August 2010

If prostitution doesn't violate contemporary cultural norms, sex activists argue, then why doesn't the law reflect as much? Just a few days after a group in central China took to the street to gather support in a fight for social status for sex workers, the organizer has been detained by police.

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