Ever since the young school going peace activist Malala Yousufzai was attacked by armed gunmen in Swat, numerous questions over the efficacy of the ongoing drone attacks in the region have surfaced. Following the attack on October 9th 2012, widespread outrage from all quarters of the world including all political and religious parties of Pakistan poured in condemning the move, of which the Tehreek -e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have claimed responsibility.
On International Day of the Girl, check out the interactive map created by Slate and the New America Foundation to illustrate which countries around the globe have the best and the worst levels of gender inequality. Using data from the UN, the World Bank, and other sources, the map features each country's average female life expectancy, literacy rate, HIV infection rate, and the number of girls living on less than $2 a day.
Campus Divas For Rich Men is a Facebook page dedicated to hooking up female Kenyan university students under the age of 26 with rich men of any age. The page has used the slogan “Money can buy us.” After receiving coverage on Kenya’s radio stations such as Kiss 100, Hot 96 and Classic 105 as well as exclusive coverage by Standard Newspaper, Daily Nation and Kenya’s KTN and K24 television stations, netizens created the following hashtags to discuss the Facebook page and share their opinions about it.
A video report from Reuters TV examines the "bamboo ceiling," i.e. the glass ceiling in China. As the intro notes, "many women have been successful at the top of China's business ladder, but they are largely absent when it comes to politics -- and an upcoming leadership transition looks unlikely to change that." Watch the just over three-minute video after the jump.
Lightening the skin is a common practice in Africa where the sale of skin lightening products is legal in many countries. However, the use of these creams is not safe: stretch marks, pimples, hair, hypertension and diabetes are all risks user take. In Senegal, a whitening product named “Khess Petch” is creating controversy on the web. Bloggers and infographics designers have taken the idea to task and organized a counter-campaign.
A new infographic designed by Hyperakt for the Thomas Reuters Foundation looks at which G20 countries are worst and best for women. "Some of the facts," per the accompanying text: "The US is ranked #6: Behind Canada, Germany, UK, Australia and France. 90% of women in Indonesia claim to have suffered sexual harassment in the workplace. In China, 1/4 of women think it's justifiable for a man to beat his wife....In India, it is more than 1/2. 14,000 women in Russia die annually from domestic violence."
The Islamic regime began requiring Iranian women to wear the veil (hijab) in public soon after it seized power in Iran in 1979. Three decades later, Iranian police still carry out veil crackdowns every summer to keep a tight grip on the way people dress. On 10 July, 2012 a Facebook campaign by “Iranian Liberal Students and Graduates” was launched to say ‘No' to compulsory hijabs.
In a country which has experienced constant political instability, how can civil society mobilise itself to prevent further coups d'état and to build a participative democracy based upon its communities? Some possible ways forward were suggested by a group of 70 young people at a meeting promoted by the Movimento Ação Cidadã (Citizen Action Movement) in Cacheu, Guinea-Bissau, at the end of July, in which they debated the April 12th 2012 coup d'état.