A new rape law for Kano, Nigeria, which sounds like it should be a good thing, actually criminalizes gay people for consensual sex.  

A new rape law for Kano, Nigeria, which sounds like it should be a good thing, actually criminalizes gay people for consensual sex.  

"I don’t go [to mosques] because of that feeling that I cannot be my full self," said Mohamed in a recent phone interview from Boston. "I have to constantly be questioning and navigating whether it is safe to be open about who I am. That is an extremely psychologically draining experience and it bars me from being a full participant and community member" in Muslim spaces.

Hajer Naili interviews three queer Muslim women on navigating their identities within the spaces of their families, their religion, and queer U.S. culture. 

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We’re working to change the law because we consider it unjust for women, but we know it is a long process that requires clarifying things for the public and winning over political will.
Morena Herrera is president of La Agrupación Ciudadana por la Despenalización del Aborto, [the Citizen Group for the Decriminalization of Abortion]. The group submitted 17 requests for the pardon of women jailed on abortion-related charges to national lawmakers on April 1. Herrera and others in the country say the women are unjustly imprisoned and are being detained in an overcrowded prison.

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Comics writer Janelle Asselin surveyed 3,600 people about harassment in the comics industry—here’s what she found. 

Read more about the survey at BitchMedia.org.

Cosplay photo credits: Pat Loika, Ryan C, Josh

Driven by courage, intelligence and a will to succeed that would make her neglect her husbands, children and family, Helena Rubinstein built an empire that was both industrial and financial. More impressive still, she as good as invented modern cosmetics and ways to make them accessible to all. This was no easy task for a woman in those days – and it still isn’t, whatever one might think; a woman who was poor, foreign and Jewish, to boot. But she loftily disregarded all four of these disadvantages – and it’s anyone’s guess which one was the greatest – and often turned them into strengths.

Driven by courage, intelligence and a will to succeed that would make her neglect her husbands, children and family, Helena Rubinstein built an empire that was both industrial and financial. More impressive still, she as good as invented modern cosmetics and ways to make them accessible to all. This was no easy task for a woman in those days – and it still isn’t, whatever one might think; a woman who was poor, foreign and Jewish, to boot. But she loftily disregarded all four of these disadvantages – and it’s anyone’s guess which one was the greatest – and often turned them into strengths.

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What ‘The Golden Girls’ Taught Us About AIDS" via Barbara Fletcher

"But this is what The Golden Girls was so good at: bringing home those topics that often made people uncomfortable — racism, homosexuality, older female sexuality, sexual harassment, the homeless, addiction, marriage equality and more — and showing us how interconnected and utterly human we all are at any age. Served, of course, with that delicious trademark humor that infused the show throughout its groundbreaking, taboo-busting seven-season run.”

The American Association of University Women has documented the problem of harassment for teens. Fifty six percent of middle- and high-school female teens were sexual harassed during the previous year, found a 2011 report by the Washington-based group. In an earlier study it found that 83 percent of female teens faced harassment throughout their teen years at school and only 9 percent of young women reported harassment to school faculty.
Read more at: http://womensenews.org/story/education/140708/teens-say-school-sex-harassment-goes-unpunished

The American Association of University Women has documented the problem of harassment for teens. Fifty six percent of middle- and high-school female teens were sexual harassed during the previous year, found a 2011 report by the Washington-based group. In an earlier study it found that 83 percent of female teens faced harassment throughout their teen years at school and only 9 percent of young women reported harassment to school faculty.

Read more at: http://womensenews.org/story/education/140708/teens-say-school-sex-harassment-goes-unpunished

When a transgender female teen was removed from 78 days in solitary confinement in an adult prison in Connecticut on June 24 her supporters celebrated a break in a case that had received widespread media attention.

But on July 12 the case took a turn that activists say further shows the mistreatment of young trans people in both juvenile detention centers and prison.
Connecticut law specifies that transgender inmates should be placed in a facility according to their physical sex, said IV Staklo, an organizer for Justice for Jane. This means that transgender people who have not had sex-reassignment surgery are placed into a prison that conflicts with their gender identity. “This sets a horrible precedent for trans youth being placed into facilities that will traumatize them further,” she said.

When a transgender female teen was removed from 78 days in solitary confinement in an adult prison in Connecticut on June 24 her supporters celebrated a break in a case that had received widespread media attention.

But on July 12 the case took a turn that activists say further shows the mistreatment of young trans people in both juvenile detention centers and prison.

Connecticut law specifies that transgender inmates should be placed in a facility according to their physical sex, said IV Staklo, an organizer for Justice for Jane. This means that transgender people who have not had sex-reassignment surgery are placed into a prison that conflicts with their gender identity. “This sets a horrible precedent for trans youth being placed into facilities that will traumatize them further,” she said.

Even in Europe, women’s reproductive rights are under attack. We’re investigating, but we need your help. 

Even in Europe, women’s reproductive rights are under attack. We’re investigating, but we need your help

The tide of Syrians displaced to Turkey is rising and many women are living in deplorable conditions without money, jobs or, in most cases, places to stay. They are trapped in a legal limbo. As official “guests” in Turkey, many of them are not eligible for working permits. Women trained as pharmacists, lawyers, architectural engineers and office managers have no way of finding comparable employment.
"Syrian women are facing the same difficulties in Turkey, including early marriages, abuse and even prostitution," said an Istanbul-based official of the International Organization for Migration’s Syria Emergency Response Team, in an e-mail. Sexual violence, trafficking as well as low school enrollment and forced child labor are all becoming a grim reality, said the same official, who requested anonymity for security reasons.

The tide of Syrians displaced to Turkey is rising and many women are living in deplorable conditions without money, jobs or, in most cases, places to stay. They are trapped in a legal limbo. As official “guests” in Turkey, many of them are not eligible for working permits. Women trained as pharmacists, lawyers, architectural engineers and office managers have no way of finding comparable employment.

"Syrian women are facing the same difficulties in Turkey, including early marriages, abuse and even prostitution," said an Istanbul-based official of the International Organization for Migration’s Syria Emergency Response Team, in an e-mail. Sexual violence, trafficking as well as low school enrollment and forced child labor are all becoming a grim reality, said the same official, who requested anonymity for security reasons.

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