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Overcoming India’s Official Homophobia

[By Shashi Tharoor] NEW DELHI – Sixty-six years after adopting one of the world’s most liberal constitutions, India is being convulsed by a searing debate over a colonial-era provision in its penal code, Section 377, which criminalizes “whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman, or animal.” It must be changed. Beyond forcing millions ...

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Recently, hundreds of people once again took to the streets
of Delhi as part of the annual Queer Pride Parade to drum up support
for equal rights for people of diverse gender and sexuality.

Gay Pride Should Be National Pride

[By Lavanya Regunathan Fischer & Devadatt Kamat] Delhi – Recently, hundreds of people once again took to the streets of Delhi as part of the annual Queer Pride Parade to drum up support for equal rights for people of diverse gender and sexuality and rally for “collective freedom from patriarchal oppression”. It was only last year that the Supreme Court ...

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Incredible Village In Africa Provides Refuge For Survivors Of Sexual Violence

[By Zsuzsanna Gal ] In a small Kenyan village called Umoja are only women allowed to live. The whole single-sex community was founded in 1990 by a group of 15 women who were survivors of rape by local British soldiers. Umoja’s population has now expanded to include any women escaping child marriage, FGM (female genital mutilation), domestic violence and rape ...

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In this special opinion piece, supermodel and UNEP Goodwill Ambassador for the Environment Gisele Bündchen pens her experiences from her travels in Kenya

Opinion: Women breaking barriers to clean energy

By Gisele Bündchen New York (Women’s Feature Service) – Did you know how big an impact a simple wood-burning stove can have on a woman’s life? Stoves produce toxic smoke that harms the environment as well as human health. In fact, more people die from this smoke than malaria – globally, about 4.3 million every year. And that’s not all. ...

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This Village in India Plants 111 Trees Every Time a Girl is Born

[By Zsuzsanna Gal] In an atmosphere where every morning newspapers greet people with stories of girls being tormented, raped, killed or treated like a doormat, India’s beautiful small village communities can still bring some good news from time to time. Many parts of India historically favors the birth of a son, but villages like Piplantri in Rajasthan state have a ...

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Born a Maori, an indigenous New Zealand tribe, Beyer spent most of her youth working to become a recognised actor.

Being a transsexual is just a part of this New Zealand politician’s identity

Wellington (Women’s Feature Service) – A true force of nature – that’s how Georgina Beyer is popularly known in her country, New Zealand. Having braved criticism, discrimination and stereotypes to become the first openly transsexual Mayor in 1995 and then Member of Parliament (MP) in 2000, she has indeed paved a new path for the LGBT community across the globe. ...

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The Koragas were once powerful rulers in the south. Today, they are largely regarded as a sub-human race.

Surviving modernity: Matrilineal tribes lean on each other during tough times

[By Linda Chhakchhuak] Shillong (Women’s Feature Service) – ‘How are the Khasi-Jaintia-Garo (KJG) tribes resisting patriarchy? What is their secret of survival?’ These two questions were on the minds of Padma Mon and Padamvathi Ashok, researchers and activists from the Koraga tribe, one of the fast-fading matrilineal tribes of southern India, when they travelled from Karnataka all the way to ...

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Obama’s Speech in Kenya is a Huge Win for Gender Empowerment

This Sunday, President Obama addressed 5,000 Kenyans in Nairobi in a powerful speech aimed at Kenya’s democratic elements for success in the 21st century. His speech covered three main points focusing on empowering women, fighting terrorism and resisting corruption. Inspiring, motivational, bold and incredibly articulate, Obama did a fantastic job in sparking a desire for change when it comes to ...

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An NPA deminer in Tajikistan| Photo: Courtesy of Norwegian People’s Aid (http://www.jmu.edu/cisr/journal/19.1/notes/niklova.shtml)

Nazokat, Deminer, Lives On The Edge

Dushanbe (WFS) – Nazokat Begmatova, a humanitarian deminer, didn’t have the opportunity to go to university, which reduced her chances of obtaining what would be widely considered ‘a good job’ in her country. However, rather than tying the knot right after school to ensure financial security, as is the common practice for girls in her country, Tajikistan, she wanted to ...

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Nigeria Bans Female Genital Mutilation, But What’s Next?

Early May, outgoing Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan banned female genital mutilation (FGM) as one of his final acts as the leader of Nigeria. This new ban will hopefully reduce the number of cases of infertility, loss of sexual pleasure, and a variety of other health complications related to the practice. The ban also prohibits men from abandoning their spouses and ...

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