• Friday, November 27, 2015
  • A program of IPS Inter Press Service supported by the Dutch MDG3 Fund

    Gender Masala - Notes on gender - A spicy mix

    This blog brings out the flavour of gender issues, from the network of IPS writers and friends. Gender Masala is part of the Inter Press Service project Communicating for Change: Getting Voice, Visibility and Impact for Gender Equality. Check it at www.ips.org/mdg3/

    Infertility no longer a “choice” for women

    22 Nov 2010

    By Satoko Nagaoki, associate professor.
    Reproduction rights, Gender and Women`s Studies

    p4091328_The Feminist International Network of Resistance to Reproductive and Genetic Engineering Resistance(Finrrage), was started in 1985 by a small group of women from all over the world. They made pregnancy a choice for women and I was invited as one of the participants. In 1991, I became one of the founding members of the Japanese organization。Our concept was to build a infertile women’s self-help group, name of “The friends of Finrrage”. More »

    Small energy projects empowers women at the grass-root level

    09 Nov 2010


    by Karuna D’Souza

    Community Radio Trainer
    Laya, Vanantharam
    Addateegala, East Godavari District
    Andhra Pradesh – 533 428

    I was introduced to Climate Change in 1993. At that time I was 7 years old. Climate change meant that my mother would get to travel to different countries and return with something nice. She still travels to different countries following the Conference of Parties (COP) but now returns with information and valuable reports. And also of couse, something nice.

    More »

    Justice to the “comfort women” survivors

    22 Oct 2010

    By Mina Watanabe


    Women’s Active Museum (WAM) celebrated its 5th anniversary in August 2010. It is a huge step for us and in the Japanese women’s movement to stop violence against women during conflict and in daily life. We are deeply committed to this cause and will continue our activities till we achieve our purpose. More »

    Muslim women living in Southern Thailand want peace

    18 Oct 2010

    By Soraya Jamjuree

    soraya-sIt is a great pleasure to write about our visions of peace for this blog site. I wear two hats—one as director of Friends of the Victimized Families Groups and also I work as a researcher on peace. Both these activities are under the auspices of the Prince of Songla University in Pattani. Peace for women, including Muslim women, living in conflict area means being able to live without harassment. They want to feel safe and want their families to be treated with respect. More »

    Lobbying for Dual Custody

    21 Sep 2010

    By Masako Suzuki

    image001440We married in April 1986 and lived in Japan for five years. I worked, holding workshops and exhibitions of my fabric dye products and running clothing import business. In fact, I earned about three times what my husband did at first even though his income grew bigger later. In 1991 we decided to try to setup a business in Canada and eventually emigrate and so I quit my own job so to go with him and help him be successful. We moved to Canada in October 1992 and bought a house. More »

    Burning Maputo

    08 Sep 2010

    a testimony by Mercedes Sayagues*
    I was 50 meters away when the bullet hit Helio Ruite, slicing a chunk of his skull. Helio was 12 years old and heading home when he was caught between rioters and police on Acordos de Lusaka avenue in Maputo. He died on the spot, one among a dozen killed today. More »

    Indian Women’s Rights to Safe Toilets

    06 Sep 2010

    By Karen Ma
    author/gender researcher

    karen-photo-2-webAccess to toilets for us who are raised in the developed world is a given. But in India’s case, a severe shortage of clean and safe toilets is not only affecting the health of its women, but directly hampering efforts to empower them. More »

    Using art to change the world

    24 Aug 2010

    By Naoko Sakokawa,
    Photographer and author

    cardboardbox-artAs a child I lived on a beautiful island called Tanegashima, or flower seed island, which is located close to the south most part of the Kyushu island. I was brought up there with lots of other relatives and led a serene and happy childhood even though my parents worked hard as farmers and we were economically not as rich as people in the big cities in Japan. More »

    ¿Femicidio, feminicidio? El genocidio necesita un nombre en América Latina

    16 Aug 2010

    unos_cuantos_piquetitos_frida_khalo_blog12agostoPor Diana Cariboni

    Mi pregunta fue por qué en algunos países se llama femicidio y en otros feminicidio al asesinato de mujeres por razón de su sexo. Las feministas reunidas en San Salvador, en un taller organizado por el Comité de América Latina y el Caribe para la Defensa de los Derechos de la Mujer (Cladem), me mostraron que no era cuestión de una palabra u otra, sino una polémica no zanjada.

    More »