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· October, 2013

Stories about Women & Gender from October, 2013

14 October 2013

“My Body is My Weapon!”, Femen in Spain to Claim the Right to Abortion

"Of course we will go further and of course we will continue protesting," said Lara Alcázar, leader of the Femen movement in Spain.

12 October 2013

Documentary Libido Challenges Egyptians to Talk About Sex

Libido is a short documentary discussing sexuality in Egypt. Following the internet sensation, Global Voices Online's Ahmed Awadalla probes further and talks to the filmmaker Youssef Alimam.

11 October 2013

‘Politics is a Men-Only Game': Female Candidate Quits Presidential Race in Tajikistan

Saddened by the failure of Tajikistan's female presidential candidate to enter the race, netizens are pessimistic about the country's future. Some say they will boycott the vote and emigrate.

India's Women Take on Fear and Sexual Violence in “Action Hero”

The game is meant to tackle the fear that many Indian women have toward their cities because of rampant sexual harassment.

French MP Heckles Female Colleague by Clucking in Parliament

10 October 2013

‘Chola Power': Peruvian Superhero or Sex Symbol?

Your Fantasy is Her Nightmare: ‘Sexy’ Pakistani Women on YouTube

The Bridge

“The lack of conversation on sex and sexuality is a society-wide problem." Watch our short film "Suck on the Sugarcane of Love", about private videos sexualized for public consumption.

9 October 2013

White American Claims to Be Kenya's First Female Maasai Warrior

In her book, Mindy Budgor details her journey to be the first female Maasai warrior, a status traditionally reserved for men. Her story has sparked intense debate online.

8 October 2013

Saudi Women Driving – “A Western Demand”

Saudi Authorities Block Women Driving Websites

Saudi Arabia not only prohibits women from driving, it also blocks websites which call for them to drive.

Syria: The Girls of Al-Tall Weave Ribbons and Freedom

Their story is that of the greater Syrian tragedy - a nonviolent group with little funding and external support that defied both the regime, and its radical counterparts through civil...

Landmark Ruling in Discrimination Case Puts the Caribbean First

The Caribbean Court of Justice's decision in a controversial discrimination case sends the signal that regional citizens have the right to freedom of movement across CARICOM states, without suffering harassment.

4 October 2013

GV Face: Saudi Women Will Drive

GV Face

In this week's edition of GV Face, we meet Tamador Alyami, a Saudi blogger supporting the #Women2Drivecampaign, Hadeel Mohammed, our Saudi Author and our MENA Editor Amira Al Hussaini.

One-Third of the World's Babies Don't Have Birth Certificates

No birth certificate can mean children cannot enroll in school or receive medical care. An interview with Evelina Martelli, project manager for BRAVO!, a programme pushing for birth registration.