Global Quickies: Abortion as a Human Right, Women in News Websites, and African Folklore in Videogames

PERU (From mrmisconception)
United Nations Committee Affirms Abortion as a Human Right: In a landmark case, Peru has compensated a woman for denying her a medically indicated abortion.”

“India’s top court is to review a decision that upheld a colonial-era law which criminalises gay sex, in a victory for rights campaigners at a time when the country is navigating a path between tradition and modernity.”

CANADA (From Rachelle)
Scott Gilmore and the “Imaginary Indian”: Tearing to pieces an uninformed article about northern Aboriginal communities.

A teenager has launched a campaign to get the Government to review how schools monitor and deal with FGM and child marriage. “The 18-year-old is a founder of Youth for Change, a global movement highlighting the importance of youth voices and issues.”

“Evidence discovered by a BBC investigation shows child labour is being used on land owned by the Catholic Church.”

“Myanmar’s transgender people not just chasing rainbows in fight for equality: Colors Rainbow, an organisation dedicated to ending discrimination against LGBT people in Myanmar, is challenging perceptions and changing lives.”

Women are being marginalised by news websites which prefer to use pictures of them while quoting men as sources or experts, a study of more than two million online articles has found.”

Women were banned from entering a Starbucks in Saudi Arabia after a ‘gender barrier’ wall collapsed, it has been claimed.”

“Latin America is forecast to have the world’s highest proportion of women in the workplace by 2025, outstripping gender equality in both Europe and the US, according to a new report.”

“A group of Kenyan atheists say they have suffered “blatant discrimination” after the authorities refused to register their society.”

Former child bride becomes India’s ‘first female taxi driver’.” “Now, 14 years later, Selvi has reinvented herself. She is not only a pioneering entrepreneur who owns a taxi company in Mysore, but also a voice for women’s rights.”

“The growth of Africa’s comic culture has given rise to the likes of Comic Republic with superhero characters and lifestyles that Africans can finally relate with and the reception so far has been incredible. However, a young Cameroonian may just have taken this initiative to the next level. Madiba Olivier, who has always enjoyed video games, is now pioneering his own brand of games with African content and characters in central Africa by incorporating African folklore.”

Transgender Russians Struggle to Take Their Movement Out of the Shadows: As the country grows more conservative on gender and sexuality, transgender Russians are fighting for their lives under great threat.”

Featured image from the Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan Kickstarter


Born and raised in Mexico City, Daniela has finally decided to abdicate her post as an armchair skeptic and start doing some skeptical activism. She is currently living in Spain after having lived in the US, Brazil and Italy. You can also find her blogging in Spanish at esceptica.org.

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