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March, 2018

Stories from March, 2018

31 March 2018

‘They Beat Me Everyday With an Electric Cable…They Smashed My Head Into the Walls’

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.

How English-Language Pronouns Are Taught Around the World

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.

Experience Tokyo's ‘Street of the Day’ With YouTuber Mimei

Popular Tokyo-based vlogger Mimei shows off the various streets of Japan's most populous city, one day at a time on YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and other social media channels.

30 March 2018

Tunisian MPs Propose Legislation Criminalising ‘Cyber Defamation’

Advox

"This bill is the result of a repressive mindset restrictive of freedoms, reflecting a nostalgia for the dictatorship era".

29 March 2018

‘Women Make the News’: Online Database Connects Journalists to Thai Female Experts

UNESCO Bangkok has launched a website that links Thai journalists and researchers to female academics, government officials, corporate leaders, and NGO activists.

28 March 2018

A Journey for Justice in the Americas, Part 1: Three Women Tell Their Stories in Kingston, Jamaica

"To stop [my activism] would mean that I am giving another police officer permission to kill another of my brothers, or anyone else for that matter."

DRC's Joseph Kabila Isolated as Delays to Organise the 2018 Elections Continue

This three-day protest was an opportunity for the opposition to show their support for the organisation of "credible and transparent" elections.

Overseas Chinese Nervous About the Cancellation of Household Registration Back Home

The cancellation of hukou may imply that they might not be able to receive their retirement pension or sell properties they own. Other big cities may follow in Shanghai's footsteps.

27 March 2018

A Muslim Scholar Seeks to Link Israel and Indonesia Through the Hebrew Language

"I told my family that what I'm doing might have uncertain consequences, but it's something that needs to be done."

LGBTQI Rights Defenders Sound Alarm over Costa Rica's Presidential Election

"Imagine what a global disgrace, Costa Rica, flirting with the Middle Ages and asking to enter the darkest corners of fundamentalism that still exist on the planet."

Top Manta: A Brand and a Victory in the Fight of Street Vendors of Barcelona

With Top Manta's creation, Spain's informal workers open the door to new possibilities and recognize a victory in their daily confrontation against police violence and European authorities' institutional racism.

26 March 2018

Photos of Japanese Soldiers in the Trenches During the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905

The colorized stereographs provide a fascinating glimpse into a war that in many ways was a precursor to the events of the 20th century.

A Romanian in the UK: On the Thin Line Between ‘Undesirable Migrant’ and ‘Welcomed Contributor’

"No more "bad migrant"-"good migrant" division games. People's lives do not fit in a tickbox. Politicians should listen to more real migrant stories to understand."

25 March 2018

From Informal Sales to Market Intelligence: The History of the Largest Afro-Descendant Fair in Latin America

In the 16 years since its founding, the Feira Preta fair has succeeded in strengthening and emphasizing the Brazilian black identity.

False Reports Spread Online After the Murder of Brazilian Activist and Politician Marielle Franco

Fake rumors about the personal life and activism of murdered Rio de Janeiro city councillor Marielle Franco were shared by several right-wing groups and personalities.

24 March 2018

The Sterilization War In India That Never Stops

In 2015-16, 82% of women who got sterilized did so at a govt-run center. For family planning, 85% of government funds are allocated to sterilization, and 13.5% to equipment, salaries.

Tuberculosis Survivors Advocate To Eradicate The Disease From India

Community mobilization is key to ending Tuberculosis in India. The survivors of this disease are sharing their stories to strengthen the fight to eradicate TB from India.

23 March 2018

Netizen Report: Network Shutdowns Threaten Communities in Syria, Venezuela, Pakistan

Advox

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

22 March 2018

The Dystopian Reality of Being an ‘Accidental American’

The Bridge

"In this dystopian world, you occupy a special place... You've never had any relationship or communication with the US authorities. You don’t have any US paper except your birth certificate."

Uncertainty Surrounds the Upcoming Election in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The coming months will be critical for the elections. Will President Kabila respect the existing electoral calendar?

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