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India to Recognize Third Gender

19/04/2014

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Hijra Dance Chhath Festival, Strand Road - Kolkata, 2013-11-09, Source Wikipedia

Sarah Joanne Jakubowski, Contributing Journalist Last Modified: 22:32 p.m. DST, 19 April 2014 INDIA – A decision was made on 15 April 2013 in favor of the 3 million Indians who are transgender. On legal forms, there is now a third category marked either “transgender” or “other.” The Indian constitution orders against gender discrimination and more […]

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Malala Yousafzai Continues Activism Two Years After Assassination Attempt

15/04/2014

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Malala Yousafzai Oval Office, 11 Oct 2013

Sarah Joanne Jakubowski, Contributing Journalist Last Modified: 13:30  p.m. DST, 15 April 2014 INTERNATIONAL – On October of 2012, 14-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai was shot for speaking up about women’s rights to education. As an inside correspondent with BBC, subject of two documentaries and frequent guest in newsrooms, Yousafazai was becoming the poster child […]

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Honor Killings: When Bloodline and Bloodshed Intersect

01/04/2014

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Shazia Mehndi Putting On Ring, Photo by Khadija Dawn Carryl

Michael Ransom, Senior Correspondent Last Modified: 00:49 a.m. DST, 2 April 2014 ANDHRA PRADESH, India – Pachala Deepthi tried her best to gain the blessing of her parents before marrying her sweetheart, Anantagiri Kiran Kumar. For over two years, Deepthi’s appeals fell on deaf ears. The man she intended to marry was an unacceptable choice, […]

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Opposition to Child Marriage in Pakistan Gains Momentum

01/04/2014

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Girls in school in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan by DFID - UK Department for International Development

Sarah Joanne Jakubowski, Contributing Journalist Last Modified: 01:10 a.m. DST, 01 April 2014 PAKISTAN – Child marriages are a major and disturbing problem in Pakistan and elsewhere. Eleven percent of the world’s children will be married before the age of 15 — amounting to over 2 million child brides. In Pakistan 7% of girls married […]

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A Question of Seeing God

10/03/2014

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Horizon Sculpture 83 by Lucy Humphrey, Photo Courtesy of Flickr by Leighton Wallis

Anonymous Author Last Modified: 21:17 p.m. EDT, 10 March 2014 A small boy once approached his slightly older sister with a question about God. “Susie, can anybody ever really see God?” he asked. Busy with other things, Susie curtly replied: “No, of course not silly. God is so far up in heaven that nobody can […]

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