Stories about Women & Gender from November, 2010
Lebanon: Jismi, One Day, One Struggle
Lebanon-based groups Nasawiya, Helem and Meem launched a new website named “Jismi” (Ar) (My Body) dedicated to the annual “One Day, One Struggle” campaign, a unique effort to underscore the joint struggle against the violation of sexual and bodily rights in Muslim societies.
Trinidad & Tobago: Silencing the Media
“Fazeer Mohammed is a writer and broadcaster in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. Last Saturday he was fired from the Caribbean New Media Group, a STATE-RUN media house in T&T”: The Undisputed Truth finds it curious that “his removal came right after a little confrontational interview with government Minister Dr. Suruj Rambachan.”
Zambia: Reversing domestic violence
Steps to be taken to reverse domestic violence in Zambia: “The second change is the need for special domestic violence courts. It appears that our courts may not fully realise the special nature of some of these cases, especially the cultural and economic angles. We need to experiment with tailored...
Uganda: Does gender matter in social change?
Maureen blogs about the Digital Natives: My bubbles, My space and My Voice workshop taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa: I cannot stop thinking about yesterday’s morning session on “Keyword paring”. This was an exercise that required each participant to describe their practices, policies and ideologies in one word which...
Brazil: Female Bloggers React to the Country's First Female President: Yes, She Can!
Dilma Rousseff is the first woman in a group of 35 Brazilian presidents, and will be the first Brazilian in an elite club of 17 female global leaders. What are female bloggers saying about it?
Social Science in the Caucasus comments on its own data examining relationships in Azerbaijan. In particular, it examines results which show that 27 percent of female respondents say they have no close friends as opposed to 17 percent of men.
El Salvador: Debate on Women's Rights Heats Up
Voices from El Salvador's Weblog writes about the debate over women's rights in El Salvador, focusing on abortion and concluding that “it seems unlikely that El Salvador will seriously reconsider its abortion laws anytime soon.”
Puerto Rico: No More Violence Against Women
Amárilis Pagán starts the countdown [es] to November 25, the International Day of No More Violence Against Women: “Violence against women is so much more than the miscalled domestic violence.”
Serbia: Police Hunt Facebook Misogynists
The Serbian Public Prosecutor, in cooperation with the Serbian Ministry of the Interior, investigated the case of a Facebook group "Death to Women“ ("Smrt ženama"), which was propagating hatred towards women. Sasa Milosevic writes about the war between Serbian men and women that is raging on Facebook.
Armenia: Iranian Embassy Protest
Unzipped posts video and photographs of today's protest outside the Iranian Embassy in Yerevan, the Armenian capital, in support of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, sentenced to death in Iran for infidelity. Commenting on the reaction of the Embassy, the blog opines that the Iranian Ambassador does not understand the concept of...
Russia: Attacks on Women Not Wearing Headscarves in Chechnya
Tanya Lokshina's article about attacks on women who aren't wearing headscarves in Chechnya – at OpenDemocracy.net.
Bulgaria: Reactions to Dilma Rousseff's Victory in Brazil
Brazil's President-elect Dilma Rousseff has been the subject of many conversations in Bulgaria, due to her Bulgarian roots. Ruslan Trad translates some of the online reactions.
Peru: Protest Calls on Government to Reduce Female and Infant Mortality Rates
The Latin Americanist shares a link to a video of a protest held last week in Lima: “One woman dies in Peru every eight hours due to complications related to pregnancy according to AI [Amnesty International] secretary general Salil Shetty. She added that most of these deaths are preventable and especially...
Trinidad & Tobago: Gender, Governance & Being Prepared
The Opposition Leader suggests that there was an over-reaction by the Office Disaster Preparedness and Management to Tropical Storm Tomas; 5am at Mango Media Caribbean says: “I don't for a second think that the ODPM nor the Government caused undue panic. They sent out the warnings. They encouraged people to...
Lesotho: Maseru Men
Maseru Men is a poem by Rethabile. Maseru is the capital of Lesotho: “Between lamp and moon tonight/you come striding in, and watch me/pull out maps, books we lived on/and which I am now discarding/for good, photos in envelopes/shut against the weary heart.”
Zimbabwe: Are women less corupt than men?
Zimbabwean blogger Lenard Kamwendo asks, “Are women less corrupt than men?”: “Corruption has been a major setback to development in Zimbabwe. Corruption can be done either by men or by women and corruption is now everywhere in our country whether in high offices or on the streets.”
Georgia: Reflections on Teach and Learn
Teach and Learn with Georgia (TLG) is a project established by the Georgian government aiming to recruit 1,000 native English speakers willing to teach English at local schools. Many of the first intake of teachers have also started blogging their experience to date.