Women in India often hear from an early age that they shouldn't be out in public without a purpose and a place to go. And certainly they shouldn't be out late at night without the company of a man. "Don't loiter," they're urged. But a group of women in Mumbai is challenging that notion by going on late-night walks together and just hanging out. Rhitu Chatterjee tags along for a "loitering session" that manages to feel both sinister and uplifting.
Migrant domestic workers in Lebanon were dying of unnatural causes at a rate of one per week, according to one report. Most of the deaths were attributed to suicide — many of the victims falling from buildings apparently trying to escape their employers.
The uniform building code was implemented in the 1920s as a way to unify building standards, but it also enshrined in law that restrooms must be segregated by binary gender — a policy that underlies the recent controversy over transgender people and public restrooms.
Since moving back to Kosovo, my birthplace, from Canada four years ago, I’ve been grabbed, followed, yelled at, sworn at, and heard all sorts of disgusting commentary about my legs, my body, my genitals, you name it, all while simply walking down the street. New research shows what Kosovar women have always known: street harassment affects women across Kosovo, regardless of geographical location, ethnicity, sexual orientation and able-bodiedness.