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· May, 2015

Stories about Women & Gender from May, 2015

The Mexican ‘Corrido’ of Feminist Liberation

More and More, LGBT Japanese Are Coming Out of the Closet

An Internet survey conducted by international PR and advertising giant Dentsu has found that 1 in 13 Japanese people (7.7%) between the ages of 20 and 59 identify as LGBT.

What Happens When Japan Goes on a Week-Long Vacation?

There are mixed emotions as Japan's extended holiday ends. Some are sad to return to work, while others welcome life's return to normal.

Did a Journalist Save a Chechen Teenager from Marrying a 57-Year-Old Police Captain? No.

Last week, we reported that a journalist had succeeded in preventing a Chechen teenager from being married against her will. It now appears the marriage will go through, after all.

Macedonian Women Form Human Shield Around Police to Keep Protests Peaceful

The women were participating in a second day of protests demanding justice after leaked recordings seemed to show officials tried to cover up a 2011 murder by a police officer.

Mother Regains Custody of Child Following Social Media Pressure in Ecuador

How Twerking May Destroy a Russian Small Business

A Russian cosmetics company is using a scandalous dance in its marketing, and a Russian politician says the ad commits a “depraved act” against minors.

Former French Defense Minister Finds Excuses for the Alleged Rape of Central African Children by French Soldiers

Iran's Leading Women's Magazine Suspended After Covering Cohabitation Outside of Marriage

Managing editor Shahla Sherkat says she's hopeful she can convince the court to allow publication to resume. Iran’s Press Oversight Committee suspended Zanan-e Emrooz, reportedly for writing about "white marriages."

Blunt Pro-Abortion Campaign in Chile

Workers Celebrate Labor Day by Joining Street Protests Across Southeast Asia

Tens of thousands of workers across the region trooped to the streets to demand higher wages, benefits, and other improvements amid rising living costs.

World Press Freedom Day 2015: “Towards Better Reporting, Gender Equality, and Media Safety in the Digital Age”

As the planet marks World Press Freedom Day 2015, journalists the world over face more challenges than ever to deliver the truth while keeping themselves safe.

State Department Responds to Turkish Official's Criticism of Police Brutality with Tepid Humour

"Maybe she is doing what your dog media was doing during the Gezi protests and licking the government’s ass!"

The Heartbreaking Story of a Woman Enslaved in Mexico

A chilling case of modern enslavement has shocked Mexico and raised awareness about a problem many don't know still exists.

The Troubling State of Abortion Rights in Ecuador

How a Russian Journalist Ruined a Chechen Wedding

How an independent Russian journalist averted the forced marriage of a 17-year-old Chechen girl to a high-ranking, 57-year-old police official.

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