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14.11.2020

Spain’s official linguistic institution steps back from gender-neutral pronoun

Spain’s official linguistic institution steps back from gender-neutral pronoun

The institution added and removed the pronoun from new portal The Royal Spanish Academy (RAE), a cultural institution dedicated to the linguistic regulation of the Spanish-speaking world, inaugurated the “Observatory of Words” portal on October 27. The portal is a provisional collection of terms and expressions that do not… »

10.11.2020

LGBTQ activist Sarah McBride becomes first transgender Senator in the USA

LGBTQ activist Sarah McBride becomes first transgender Senator in the USA

30-year-old Sarah McBride was elected to the state parliament of Delaware with a majority of 73 percent of the votes. The first transgender senator advocates a socially just health policy, paid sick leave and the rights of queer people. After her great electoral success, McBride published a thank you note… »

08.11.2020

Three Muslims elected to the US House of Representatives

Three Muslims elected to the US House of Representatives

by Abdus Sattar Ghazali Three Muslim candidates were re-elected to the House of Representatives in Tuesday’s election. Ilhan Omar won in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District and Rashida Tlaib won in Michigan’s 13th Congressional District. They are the first Muslim women elected to the… »

05.11.2020

Mexican lawmakers approve same-sex marriage in the State of Puebla

Mexican lawmakers approve same-sex marriage in the State of Puebla

The live congressional video had nearly 20K views On November 3, Puebla became the 19th Mexican state to recognize same-sex marriage in the country. 31 congresspeople out of 39 raised their hand to pass the legislation under the gaze of nearly 20,000 viewers on Facebook Live and Periscope. The meeting… »

01.11.2020

Déjà Vu In France: Change Attitudes

Déjà Vu In France: Change Attitudes

By Dr Chandra Muzaffar As events unfold in France centering around Islamophobia, there is a feeling of déjà vu. We have witnessed a few times before this sequence of events.  There is some provocation or other targeting the Prophet Muhammad initiated by a non-Muslim group or institution. Predictably, Muslims react. … »

01.10.2020

Viral Open Space : an experimental learning space, for mutual recognition and reinforcement at the planetary level

Viral Open Space : an experimental learning space, for mutual recognition and reinforcement at the planetary level

On September 20 and 21 was held the 4th edition of the Viral Open Space (VOS), this online transitional space was created last March, in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic (text of intent). Several participants who are part of transnational networks… »

30.09.2020

LGBT rights in Lithuanian elections

LGBT rights in Lithuanian elections

Does the October general elections hold any promise for Lithuania’s LGBTQ community? While some major parties have backslid on issues like legalising same-sex partnership, LGBTQ voters and allies have more choice than in any previous election, argues Simonas Bartulis. Baltics in-depth. LRT English presents a forum of expert voices from… »

22.09.2020

The EU is on a collision course with Poland over hate crime

The EU is on a collision course with Poland over hate crime

In her first state of the union address as president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen called out hatred and pledged to build “a union of equality”. While European institutions have been at the forefront of fighting hate crime and discrimination in and outside of the EU,… »

08.09.2020

Shakespeare Festival in South Africa Performed by An All Woman Cast

Shakespeare Festival in South Africa Performed by An All Woman Cast

“Theatre will rise again,” declared James Ngcobo, artistic director of the renowned Market Theatre in Johannesburg. “COVID hasn’t stifled our passion, just moved it into another space.” This month, Ngcobo is spotlighting speeches from some of Shakespeare’s iconic plays, mostly written for male characters but acted here by women. Reversing… »

05.09.2020

25 years after Beijing’s Women Conference, significance ‘undimmed’

25 years after Beijing’s Women Conference, significance ‘undimmed’

Exactly 25 years after the historic world conference in Beijing on the advancement and equality of women, the head of the UN gender empowerment agency declared on Friday that “its significance is undimmed”. Looking back on the Fourth World Conference on Women in the Chinese capital, UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile… »

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