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· August, 2011

Stories about Women & Gender from August, 2011

Costa Rica's ‘Slut Walk’

  17 August 2011

José Medrano [es], ‘Conejitos Suicidas’ [es] and Julio Córdoba [es], among others, blogged about the ‘Slut Walk‘ which was held in Costa Rica for the first time on Sunday, August 14.

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Cuba: First “Gay” Marriage

  15 August 2011

This past weekend, a gay man and a trans-sexual woman, got married. In Cuba - on the same day that Fidel Castro turned 85. Bloggers weigh in on the landmark event, including Cuba's most well-known netizen, Yoani Sanchez, who acted as matron of honour.

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India: Was Delhi's SlutWalk More of a Media Hype?

  13 August 2011

On Sunday 31 July, 2011, Delhi held it's own version of the SlutWalk - titled 'Besharmi Morcha' to make it more relevant to the Indian context. Netizens discussed the event, its reach, impact and its coverage in the mainstream media.

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Nigeria: Adrift, Awaiting the Arrival of a Woman?

  13 August 2011

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is Nigeria’s new Finance Minister and Coordinating Minister for the Economy. Until recently, she was the Managing Director of the World Bank. As soon as her appointment was announced, netizens have not stopped talking about the most powerful woman in President Goodluck Jonathan’s cabinet.

Jamaica: The “Performance of Gender”

  12 August 2011

“Everyone is involved in this baseless discrimination. Effeminacy is apparently extremely off-putting. The effeminate man, whether he is gay or straight, catches a whole lot of hell”: Under the Saltire Flag suggests that “what is being policed is not sexuality, but gender.”

Puerto Rico: State Funding of Religious Campaigns

  11 August 2011

The site of the online radio station Bonita Radio [es] publishes an interview [es] with members of the  feminist coalition Movimiento Amplio de Mujeres de Puerto Rico [es] about the recent state funding of the US based religious campaign Promise Keepers, which purports to fight against domestic violence.

Costa Rica: Metropolitan Cathedral will be Surrounded by Sluts

  11 August 2011

This Sunday, the Costa Rican SlutWalk will come together in front of the Metropolitan Cathedral in the capital city of San José. The walk comes as a response to the statements made by a Catholic Bishop and visiting Cardinal during Costa Rica's Patron Saint ceremony on August 2nd, where they...

Cuba: Bloggers Comment on Attacks vs. Activists

  10 August 2011

More on the attacks against activists that took place this past weekend: a statement from The Coalition of Cuban-American Women, a video “of victims who got away with minor injuries”, and reports of two other incidents, here and here.

Barbados: Threat to Borders?

  9 August 2011

Barbados Underground suggests that “as the economic condition of many around the region in markets known for exporting drugs…declines, the threat to our border will increase, ” adding: “Barbadians must not yield to others who have failed to show how they can manage a stable society in the way Barbados...

Bahamas: The Female Perspective

  9 August 2011

“Environmentalism, Bahamian social woes, immigration and even the financial crisis…from what is unmistakably a feminine perspective”? ARC highlights a new exhibition by the country's leading female artists.

Bangladesh: Fatwa Violence Still Exists

  8 August 2011

Cori Fleser at BRAC Blog reports that in spite of a 2001 judgment by the Supreme Court outlawing the practice of fatwa, the practice of such extrajudicial punishments still exists in Bangladesh and the authorities are not able to do much to prevent them.

Cuba: Female Protesters Arrested

  5 August 2011

Reports of female political activists being “violently arrested on the steps of the old Capitol building in Havana after their demonstration in favor of freedom for the Cuban people drew support from other Cubans and tourists”, here and here.

Lebanon: Abolition of Reduced Sentences for Honor Crimes

Lebanese Tweeps and bloggers are congratulating themselves for the abolition of reduced sentence on crimes of honor on August 4th, 2011. Roy Tohme, tweets: ” Finally, we're catching up with humanity” while Tarekhs can't help but wonder why did a certain parliamentary bloc oppose the ban and says: ”Good Thing...

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