[India] Widows Celebrate a Little At Last

[India] Widows Celebrate a Little At Last

Sudeshna Sarkar – IPS – Friday, 30 August 2013 (originally published 27 Aug) VARANASI, India , Aug 27 2013 (IPS) – Namuna Gautam was among millions of Indian women who celebrated Rakshabandhan this year, but one thing set her apart. It was the first time the 80-year-old took part in the festival, in which sisters […]

Social Media Gives Indonesian Women New Voice

Social Media Gives Indonesian Women New Voice

Niniek Karmini – ABC News – Wednesday, 20 February 2013 (originally published 18 Feb) Fikri, chief of Garut district in West Java province, called it quits four days after marrying his teenage bride in July. He claimed she was not a virgin, which she denied. A photo of the couple posted on the Internet slowly […]

Concerns over mosque leader’s polygamy post

Concerns over mosque leader’s polygamy post

Aja Styles – Sydney Morning Herald – Wednesday, 11 July 2012 A vulnerable Melbourne Muslim woman who was desperately seeking advice about her marriage has been told polygamy is better than divorce, it has been claimed. The controversial Facebook post by a Preston mosque leader, which has since been pulled, has sparked controversy and calls […]

UN expert calls on Papua New Guinea to do more to protect women against violence

UN expert calls on Papua New Guinea to do more to protect women against violence

UN News Centre – Thursday, 29 March 2012 (originally published 27 Mar) 27 March 2012 – A United Nations independent expert today called on Papua New Guinea to reinforce mechanisms that protect women against violence. “Accountability, rather than impunity, should become the norm for all acts of violence against women,” said the UN Special Rapporteur […]

Efforts to Tackle Bride Kidnapping Hit Polygamy Snag

Efforts to Tackle Bride Kidnapping Hit Polygamy Snag

Chris Rickleton – IPS – Friday,  17 February 2012 (originally published 11 Feb) BISHKEK, Feb 11, 2012 (IPS/EurasiaNet) – Legislation designed to discourage the controversial practice of bride kidnapping fizzled recently in Kyrgyzstan’s parliament. The bill lost support because a key provision could also be used to crack down on the ostensibly illegal, yet quietly […]

Polygamous wives show fleeting liberation in Cameroon documentary

Polygamous wives show fleeting liberation in Cameroon documentary

Jack David Eller – WNN Reviews In a groundbreaking 2004 study of gender and culture, “Women of the Forest,” book authors Yolanda and Robert Murphy importantly and controversially argue that the apparent subjugation of women in Mundurucu society is not so much subjugation as separation; Women were not so much inferior to men as independent […]

BURUNDI: Religious leaders’ resistance to condoms hurts HIV fight

BURUNDI: Religious leaders’ resistance to condoms hurts HIV fight

IRIN PlusNews – Wednesday, 1 June, 2011 (originally published 26 May) BUJUMBURA, 26 May 2011 (PlusNews) – Asha* is in a polygamous marriage, and while she would like to protect herself from HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, the message from the preachers at her local mosque in the Burundian capital, Bujumbura, is that condoms […]