November 2004

Women's rights

NI (No.373)


2 Letters

4 Southern Exposure
Every face tells a story: photographing the 'other side' of Ethiopia, by Antonio Fiorente.

5 View from the South
Torture is used not to protect people but to terrorize them. Eduardo Galeano examines its uses and abuses.

6 Currents
The World Bank wades into an energy tug-of-war; the ninth anniversary of the death of Ken Saro-Wiwa; Western second-hand clothing hampers local production in Uganda; dramatic fall in asylum numbers.
Plus: Wordpower - The language of oil.
Plus: Speechmarks and Seriously

9 Keynote
Nikki van der Gaag looks at what has changed for women over the years - and what has not.

13 A long and winding road
Snapshots of the struggle down the ages.

14 'A Black woman took my job'
Michael Kimmel shows how the behaviour of men is the single greatest obstacle to equality - and explains why sharing housework means more sex.

17 A woman's rite
Why is it so hard to change traditional practices? Nikki van der Gaag reports on a group that is trying.

18 Women's rights - THE FACTS

20 What price freedom?
Has the occupation of Iraq at least made things better for women? Jo Wilding reports.

21 Fish money
Relations between the sexes in rural Gambia.

22 A drama unfolds
As the tide turns against abortion across the world, Hersilia Fonseca and Patricia Pujol report on Uruguay's unique experiment.

24 Women who have moved worlds
A few of the many who are creating justice.

26 The other side of silence
Violence against women is a bigger killer than cancer or traffic accidents. Nikki van der Gaag explains what can be done.

28 Action and worth reading.

29 Worldbeaters
Iran's new breed of neo-conservatives brook no dissent. They include Saeed Mortazavi, implicated in the beating to death of Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazami in 2003.

30 Mixed Media

32 Big Bad World
Religions of the world, by Polyp.
PLUS: NI Prize Crossword

33 Making Waves
Homophobia is still so strong in Indian society that Shaina, from the Organized Lesbian Alliance for Visibility and Action (OLAVA), does not want to give her real name.

34 Essay - Democracy is dead
Paul Kingsnorth asks if democracy can be reinvented.

36 Country Profile - Mexico


NI-Japan (No.61)


Women's rights
Women are under attack from all directions-from the growing militarism in the world, from globalization, fundamentalist religions such as Christianity and Islam and from a backlash that says women's rights have gone too far. In some countries, like Japan, women are losing many of the gains they have made over the last 40 or 50 years. But women are also used to fighting, and this month we meet plenty who are.


<This month's article>
-Translation of "Keynote" (NI p9-12)

<Reporting from Japan>
- Women's Rights vs. 'Family Values': Constitutional Crisis in Japan
---- STOP! Amendments to Article 24 Campaign
---- Article 24 as a foundation which we must build on

<Country Profile>
-Translation of "Country Profile - Mexico" (NI p36)

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