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Whose body is it anyway?

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April 15th, 2012

Gloria Steinem’s recent talk at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi kicked up quite a storm. A few days after the event the Delhi edition of The Hindu, a leading Indian newspaper in English, provided uncommon space to different takes on issues of sex work/prostitution and human trafficking, the subject of Steinem’s talk.

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Vigil-aunties beware!

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January 27th, 2012

A recent report in The New York Times, For Many in Pakistan, a Television Show Goes Too Far, flags a raging controversy that “could well be the beginning of a media consumer rights movement” in the country

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Foreign Minister or Fashionista?

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August 2nd, 2011

Hina Rabbani Khar, the youngest and first woman to become Minister of Foreign/External Affairs of Pakistan, was just a week into her demanding new job when she travelled to India last week at the head of the Pakistani team participating in the recently resumed dialogue to promote peace between the two not-so-friendly neighbours.

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Out of the closet

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July 14th, 2011

Sexual harassment experienced by female journalists in the line of duty recently became a topic of discussion in Indian media circles, thanks largely to a newspaper article…

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Looks can apparently kill…

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February 28th, 2011

The sexual assault and battering to which South African broadcast journalist, Lara Logan, was subjected in Egypt on 11 February generated reports and commentary replete with sexism, racism and Islamophobia…

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Getting in step in southern Africa

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October 17th, 2010

The 4th Gender and Media Summit ended in Johannesburg on Friday with a strong statement linking the findings of recent global and regional studies on the representation of women in the content of news media with issues relating to freedom of expression, democracy and citizen participation, and pointing out that, while more blatant forms of censorship may be subsiding in southern Africa, the region’s media daily silence large segments of the population, notably women.

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Muckraking with no public purpose

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April 25th, 2010

A story with all the ingredients of a soap opera has dominated the front pages and prime time bulletins of much of the Indian news media over the last fortnight.

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Reality check

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March 20th, 2010

Less than a quarter of the people heard, seen or read about in mainstream broadcast and print news worldwide is female, according to a new study.

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A case of sexual policing?

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August 25th, 2009

South African teenager Mokgadi “Caster” Semenya won the 800 metres race at the ongoing World Athletics Championships in Berlin last week with what has been described as “a stunningly dominating run.” Unfortunately, her victorious debut in international sports has been clouded by controversy over her sexual identity. Many media reports on the issue reflect ignorance about the distinction between sex and gender.

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Paradise Lost?

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April 14th, 2009

By now anyone with any access to media anywhere would have heard, read about and probably seen a video of the flogging incident in Pakistan, news and visuals of which were apparently circulated via mobile phones and the Internet before the event was reported by The Guardian and, I understand, The Times in the UK […]

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