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· May, 2013

Stories about Women & Gender from May, 2013

14 May 2013

Brazilian Boy Band Tour Continues Despite Rape Indictments

Despite nine members of the 'pagode' boy band New Hit being indicted for the gang rape of two sixteen-year-old girls, the group has continued with its national tour regardless

13 May 2013

Japan's Pregnancy Handbook Plan Forgets Men

South Korean President's Spokesman Sacked Over Sexual Assault Allegations

South Korean President's press spokesman, Yoon Chang-jung was fired on May 10, 2013 over allegations that he sexually assaulted an embassy intern during the president’s high-profile trip to the US.

China: Report on Sexual Assault

Ukraine's Freedom Party Crusades Against Gay Pride Parade

On May 25, Ukraine will once again attempt to hold its first gay pride parade ever. The previous attempt failed a year ago, when the event was cancelled shortly before...

12 May 2013

Pakistani Fashion Designer's ‘Be My Slave’ Shoot Called ‘Racist’

A magazine photo shoot for an emerging fashion designer's collection has touched off anger throughout Pakistan for its depiction of a dark-skinned child serving as a slave to a fair-skinned...

11 May 2013

Domestic Violence Protection for Everyone

Woman Rescued from Bangladesh Factory Rubble After 17 Days

The same day that the death toll of a nine-story factory collapse in Savar in the outskirts of Bangladesh's capital city of Dhaka rose to 1,055, now the deadliest building...

7 May 2013

Congolese-Italian Woman Joins Italy's Cabinet

The nomination of Cecile Kyenge, an Italian professor of medicine originally from the DRC, to the position of Integration Minister in the new Italian government, was applauded by commentators on...

Lebanon's Migrant Workers Mark May Day

6 May 2013

‘Hope, Service, Passion': Meet Laura Boldrini, Italy's Likable Leader in Parliament

Italy's most recent elections swept several non-career politicians into office. Among these new players on the Italian political scene is writer and human rights activist Laura Boldrini, whose popularity during...

South Korean Women Protest Electioneering

4 May 2013

Islamists Demand that Bangladesh's Women Stay at Home

Members of a radical Islamist party in Bangladesh attacked female journalists on assignment as the group marched in the country's capital to demand strict Islamic law, including a ban on...

Saudi Activist Refuses Trial: “I Will Not Tolerate Women Degradation”

The fifth session of the ongoing trial of Dr. Abdulkareem al-Khudar, a co-founder of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association, was held today; and as in the previous session,...

2 May 2013

Blaming the Blind Dog: Hungarian Politician's Domestic Violence Case

József Balogh, a Hungarian ruling party politician, has allegedly beaten his partner so badly that she had to be treated at a hospital. He claimed she had tripped over the...

1 May 2013

“Women Can Change Afghanistan”: Interview with Noorjahan Akbar

Noorjahan Akbar, 22, is an Afghan women's rights activist and a prolific blogger. She believes that there has been a lot of positive change for women's rights in Afghanistan over...