Stories about Middle East & North Africa from March, 2018
Lensa, who is from Ethiopia, is one of many migrant domestic workers in Lebanon forced to work and live in difficult conditions under Lebanon's notorious "kafala" (meaning sponsorship) system.
Globally, close to 1 billion people are learning English as a Foreign Language and all of them encounter binary gender pronouns from the earliest lessons.
"This bill is the result of a repressive mindset restrictive of freedoms, reflecting a nostalgia for the dictatorship era".
"I told my family that what I'm doing might have uncertain consequences, but it's something that needs to be done."
"The sadness in my heart, like a mountain/The heart under your chest, like a stone."
During the week of March 12-18, 2018, our stories and translations attracted readers from the majority of the world's countries. Number 99 on the list? Ghana. And number 20? Madagascar.
"I want to be a journalist to convey the innocents' suffering or study chemistry to make medicine to the people." - Noor, 12 years old, Eastern Ghouta
Two cases in Iran highlight new signs of violations of due process and in how personal electronic devices are seized and the right to privacy is violated.
The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.
The implications of this decision, if upheld on appeal, would set a new precedent for internet censorship in Tunisia.
During the week of March 5-11, 2018, our stories and translations attracted readers from 208 countries. Number 159 on the list? Guyana. And number 15? Kazakhstan.
Despite a successful campaign to repeal a legal loophole allowing rapists to marry their victims, there is plenty left to do in the struggle to achieve gender equality in Jordan.
User reports and various data suggests even after the Iranian government removed censorship on the popular messaging and social media platform, they were still slowing down speeds.
"A matter of pride for the african continent which doesn’t make light of the difficulties faced by African athletes to get here."
During the week of February 26-March 4, 2018, our stories and translations attracted readers from 204 countries. Number 129 on the list? Martinique. And number 13? Taiwan.
"Iraqis raise the Saudi and Iraqi flags with love unseen in 30 years."
"There is nothing we can do. They have military might on their side. Even the UN and international community have proved inept. We are trapped in our helplessness."
"It is difficult for me to describe the exhaustion, the disaster and the horrors, and their cumulative effect over the past seven years..."
Many are now wondering whether independent parties have a chance in the upcoming Lebanese elections, but nothing can be certain when it comes to politics in Lebanon.
The cruelty, injustice and lack of due process against Iran's Ahwazis continue: several deaths remain shrouded in mystery, with the added horror of families being denied burial rights.