Women in Paris get rights to wear pants

Women in Paris get rights to wear pants

Devorah Lauter – The Age – Wednesday, 06 February 2013 (originally published 04 Feb) Paris: A 200-year-old law forbidding women to wear trousers in Paris has finally been revoked. On January 31, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, France’s minister of women’s rights, made it officially impossible to arrest a woman for wearing trousers in the French capital. The law […]

When [China’s] women earn the bread

When [China’s] women earn the bread

Nie Xin –Xinhuanet – Friday, 27 July 2012 (originally published 23 Jul) BEIJING, July 23 (Xinhuanet) — Confident, high-earning Chinese women are shaking up traditional gender roles in marriage, sometimes leading to divorce in a society where men financially supported by women are usually despised. Nie Xin reports. Mu Liming, an ambitious 32-year-old communications manager […]

Native Andean Women Weave a Future in Bolivia

Native Andean Women Weave a Future in Bolivia

Jenny Cartagena – IPS – Friday, 06 April 2012 (originally published 04 April) COCHABAMBA, Bolivia, Apr 4, 2012 (IPS) – Their skill and dexterity in weaving textiles, to be worn on festive occasions or displayed in windows for sale to tourists, have become the mainstay of indigenous women and their families in Cochabamba, Bolivia. “We […]

Understanding the dynamics of a ‘crime of honour’

Understanding the dynamics of a ‘crime of honour’

Dakshana Bascaramurty and Colin Freeze –  Globe and Mail – Thursday, 02 February 2012 (originally published 30 Jan) The murders of four women at the hands of their closest relatives may serve as a wakeup call for wider Canadian society to the social ills that those closer to traditionalist communities have long grappled with. The […]

Documentary: The Sunrise Dance

Documentary: The Sunrise Dance

Jack David Eller –  WNN Reviews The documentary film, The Sunrise Dance, by filmmaker Gianfranco Norelli, is about the achievement of womanhood through ritual and test in present-day Apache society. The setting for this film is Whiteriver, Arizona near the site of Fort Apache where the great warrior Geronimo confronted the U.S. government. Whiteriver, a modern town, has invested heavily in tourism yet this investment has not benefited the […]