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· December, 2016

Stories about South Asia from December, 2016

There Were Many Bright Spots to Be Found Amid the Doom and Gloom of 2016

Here's a list of 41 Global Voices stories about the strength and creativity of the human spirit, proving that 2016 wasn't an annus horribilis through and through.

Bangladesh Blocks 560 Porn Sites

Bangladesh is a Muslim-majority country, where many people have expressed concerns about the spread and consumption of online pornography. But it is also a democracy.

A Year of Violence in Bangladesh

Groups linked to ISIS, Ansar Al Islam or Ansarullah Bangla Team have claimed responsibility for violent attacks on intellectuals and regular citizens. What does this mean for the future?

In 2016, These YouTube Channels From India Offered Meaningful Content

YouTube India is not all songs, pranks or cat videos.

Bangladesh’s New Year's Celebration of Diversity: Into the Deep Podcast

What might look like just a street party is actually a creative stand for unity—and against the forces of intolerance who seek to divide and oppress Bangladeshis.

Google Mapping of Public Toilets Is the Latest Effort to Stop Open Defecation in India

"It would be naive to think Google’s efforts will change attitudes and rectify India’s sanitation troubles altogether, especially since nearly 900 million Indians don’t have access to the internet..."

Breaking a Four-Century Custom That Denied Women Temple Entry in India

"If we all have equal rights and freedom then why such restrictions on women?"

In India, Moviegoers Are Expected to Stand for the National Anthem—Or Else

"I go to cinema to relax and amuse myself, not to show my patriotism to my fellow countrymen. People who question my patriotism can come to my house."

Is Nepal No Country for Women?

Nepal's constitution has failed to bring equality to the country's women, but human rights advocates haven't given up.

Controversial Legislation in Bangladesh Highlights the Complexity of Child Marriage

"Civil society easily can see child marriage but is blind to the fact why it happens. When there is development in society...child marriages will fall. We need time for that."

Refugees in the US Keep Musical Traditions Alive With Kids’ Songs

A folklorist at the Erie Art Museum in the US state of Pennsylvania dreamed up the idea: helping refugees gain work skills while working with them to preserve their songs.

The Bengali New Year’s Celebration of Democracy and Diversity Is Declared Intangible Cultural Heritage

"As long as Bangladesh lives, there will be this type of New Year's celebration...This is the image of a secular Bangladesh.

A Bangladeshi Railway Employee Saves a Man, Finally Gets Recognition

"The world seems better and nicer because of acts of a few brave and earnest people. My respect to Gateman Billal for his act of humanity."

Dismantling Patriarchy at the Roots – One Video, One Conversation at a Time

Why are the aspirations of young girls’ treated differently from those of young boys? Why are girls prepared for housework from an early age and boys are allowed to play?

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