Stories: Gender

  • Can helping men in Mongolia improve life for women?

    Over green tea at a Western-style cafe in the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar in late summer, Temuulen rattles off reasons why Mongolian men need help: poor health, high unemployment and heavy drinking. As vice director of the nonprofit Men’s Association, Temuulen, who, like many Mongolians, uses only one name, has a lot to say about the status of...

  • Colombia’s female FARC fighters wage a new war, for gender parity

    When Angie Rios, 27, left to join communist rebels as a teenager, she told her mother never to change her phone number. Nine years later, Rios is a seasoned guerrilla and sports a pierced eyebrow, a bandana, and gumboots, tempered by feminine flourishes – rhinestones dangle from her earlobes and throat; her fingernails are painted pink. When the peace deal was...

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  • For One woman, Working on an Ebola Burial Team Cracked Her Life Open

    At the height of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, the rumors came fast and furious: The government was injecting patients with Ebola to shake more aid money out of the West; the best way to prevent Ebola was to drink salt water – gallons of it – or maybe bleach; the disease could be cured by onions, exorcisms, condensed...

  • Brazil’s Government Gives Money to Women Because ‘They’re More Reliable’

    Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva speaks on the 10th anniversary of Bolsa Familia, in 2013. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters) Brazil, as you might have heard from dozens of think pieces, has a “rising middle class.” And one of the factors credited with pulling millions of Brazilians out of poverty is Bolsa Família,...

  • Tanzanian Women See Second Chance at Land Owning

    Rozalia Msaudzi, 68, quietly explains what her life is like in her small village, near Iringa, in the southern highlands of Tanzania. She maintains a collected expression as she relates the hardship of maize farming, the death of her husband in 1996 and the number of children who are still alive. But her voice starts to rise and she gestures emphatically when...

  • Accelerating Commitment and Action to Tackle Issues Affecting Women and Girls in Africa

    The President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, while giving her remark during the first day of the #GlobalPower Women Network had recommended that women every where take up the responsibility of ensuring the achievement of goals set to accelerate actions on issues affecting women and girls. Gender Inequality as driver of HIV The second day of the High Level Meeting...

  • Mining Reality

    Rarely do we think about Goa except in terms of sun-sand-sea clichés but reality runs deeper. Mining, one of the state’s major industries, was banned by the Supreme Court in October 2010 after a non-profit organisation filed a petition about pollution levels. But mining companies are rejoicing because they may soon receive clearances to resume operations. This...

  • On India’s Campuses, Female Students Speak Out About ‘Deep Rooted’ Gender Discrimination

    In a cramped room on the sprawling campus of Ramjas College here, some 40 female students gathered recently to discuss a problem they say they face almost daily: gender discrimination. The students, mostly undergraduates from Ramjas and St. Stephens College, complained about a general apathy toward female concerns and what they consider overly strict enforcement of campus rules for women, especially...

  • How Men in South Africa Are Trying to Stop Violence Against Women

    A dozen teen-aged boys sit in plastic chairs alongside opposite walls of the converted mobile trailer, forming not so much a discussion circle as parallel lines of slumped shoulders and restless twitchy legs. They came here to the One Man Can Men's Wellness Center in Gugulethu straight from school, still wearing their uniforms of maroon sweaters with crisp white...