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Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Paola Paredes Activism Badass Women Featured 

Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Paola Paredes

Ecuador (Global Voices) – Ecuadorian artist Paola Paredes has created a photo series, titled “Until You Change“, to protest against the existence of underground centers intended to “cure” homosexuality in Ecuador. Most of these illegal centers are disguised as religious “clinics” to rehabilitate those with drug or alcohol addictions. According to the photographer, homosexual and transgender men and women sent by their families are locked up and subjected to brutal abuse and humiliation. On her website, the artist writes: “It was four years ago that I first learned about the private ‘clinics’ that claim to cure homosexuality in Ecuador. My first thought was that Read More

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New Study Shows Alcohol Increases Breast Cancer Risk; Exercise Reduces It Health Women 

New Study Shows Alcohol Increases Breast Cancer Risk; Exercise Reduces It

World (Sputnik) – Consuming just one small alcoholic beverage a day puts a person at a higher risk for breast cancer, according to a report released on Tuesday by the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund. Having analyzed data on 12 million women and 260,000 cases of breast cancer from 119 studies, the researchers found that consuming as few as 10 grams of alcohol a day can increase premenopausal breast cancer risk by five percent and postmenopausal breast cancer risk by nine percent.Alice Bender, head of nutrition programs at AICR, explained in the study that alcohol is a known carcinogen that can damage DNA and boost Read More

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Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Isha Ishika Badass Women Featured 

Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Isha Ishika

India (Global Voices) – Isha Ishika, a university student in the southern Indian state of Kerala, was threatened a few days ago by a members of a Facebook group called Kerala Cyber Warriors. The Malayalam-speaking group of predominantly male members says that it aims to protect Indians online, especially Malayalee women, by hacking into pages where explicit images and content related to sexuality are shared. They describe their activities on their group page, saying that they seek to ‘expose’ people and preserve the ‘honor’ of Malayalee women. They claim to have hacked Pakistan websites and to protect Indian soldiers. They also claim to have to brought down revenge Read More

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Women in Arms: Norwegian Women Thriving In Armed Forces, Enjoy Serving More Than Male Counterparts Women 

Women in Arms: Norwegian Women Thriving In Armed Forces, Enjoy Serving More Than Male Counterparts

World (Sputnik) – Last year, Norway became the first Nordic nation, European nation and NATO member state to introduce universal conscription in the name of gender equality. Today, Norwegian ladies seem to thrive in the armed forces and enjoy it more than their brothers in arms. A recent survey, which for the first time targeted female draftees, has yielded uplifting results for the supporters of a gender-neutral army. Surprisingly, Norwegian girls were found to be more at home in the Norwegian army than their male counterparts.A staggering 90 percent of the female draftees from 2016 said they would nevertheless fulfill their military duty, provided that the service was voluntary, Read More

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Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Nobel Women’s Initative Activism Badass Women Women 

Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Nobel Women’s Initative

World (openDemocracy) – The rising backlash against women’s rights, as well as that against activists of all stripes, was infused with new and terrifyingly overt vigor with the campaigning tactics of Donald Trump leading up to the dumbfounding results of the US presidential elections last November. But perhaps for many, equally as surprising has been the massive, and mostly nonviolent opposition in the US to Mr. Trump’s dystopian agenda that favors the rich and Wall Street at the expense of the poor and middle classes, its sexist assault on women’s rights, and the fact that it doesn’t give one whit Read More

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Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Defenders of the Environment & Human Rights Activism Badass Women Featured 

Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Defenders of the Environment & Human Rights

World (openDemocracy) – “What is the state? We are the state! The state is the state thanks to us” said Havva Ana (Mother Eve), a 63-year old woman who, in July 2015, joined a demonstration to block the demolition of ancient forests in Rize, Turkey. What Havva Ana meant was that the state depends on the people for its legitimacy – and that it must not prioritise short-term profit over their rights and wellbeing. The forests of Çamlıhemşin have, for hundreds of years, provided livelihoods and ancestral connection in the Black Sea region. In the face of the destruction, Read More

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Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Women Standing Up Against Child Marriage in Mozambique Activism Badass Women Culture 

Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Women Standing Up Against Child Marriage in Mozambique

World (New Internationalist) – For many, the gentle rushing sound of the ocean lapping at the shore symbolizes freedom. It conjures images of exotic horizons, paradise islands and beach-hut bars. For Flavia Fioretta, the ocean waves also mean freedom. They remind her of the trip she took with her mother to Tofo beach in Inhambane, Mozambique, when she was 14 years old, just before she was forced by her father to marry. She says it is the last time she remembers being truly free. Flavia’s story is typical of many girls in Mozambique. She fell pregnant when she was 14. She felt too Read More

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The Outcome of Trauma: What is PTSD? Featured Health 

The Outcome of Trauma: What is PTSD?

World (GREED) – Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a sometimes crippling mental disorder that is the result of psychological injury. when a person has directly experienced or witnessed an extremely traumatic, tragic, or terrifying event sometimes it does real psychological damage. PTSD can happen at any age, even childhood, and can include a wide range of other psychiatric issues, such as depression, anxiety, psychosis, intrusive thoughts, flashbacks, nightmares, panic disorder, agoraphobia, substance abuse, self harm, and many more. The estimated lifetime prevalence of PTSD in the USA is 7-8% overall, with women at a 10% lifetime prevalence and men at Read More

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Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Women in Kurdistan Activism Badass Women 

Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Women in Kurdistan

Kurdistan (The Kurdish Project) – Editor’s Note: The second installment in our series called Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About features the badass women of Kurdistan. In a region known for being oppressive to women, the Kurds are setting an example for women everywhere with their courage and mettle. Kurdish people caught in a battle for autonomy and self-governance, while also defending and reclaiming their territory from Daesh. The women soldiers of Kurdistan have been called a secret weapon against radical terrorism in the Middle East. The following is a report from our friends at the The Kurdish Project. The story of Kurdish women is symbolic of Read More

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