Inside the Dubious Schools Training Filipina Women for Domestic Work Overseas
For working-class women in the Philippines, becoming a live-in domestic employee abroad is a chance to provide for themselves and their families. But they often face exploitation and debt from training centers, employment agencies, and the employers...
Japan Hasn't Updated Its Rape Laws Since 1907—But That Might Finally be Changing
The Asian country's conservative rape legislation has remained unchanged since the turn of the last century, but activists hope that new proposals signal a much-needed improvement.
The Unspeakable Horrors Endured by the World's Most Persecuted Minority
The Rohingya people of Myanmar have lived through mass gang rape, brutal beatings, and killings. A new UN report exposes the scale of atrocity suffered by its women and children.
Can Panic Buttons On Mobile Phones Really Keep India's Women Safe?
Sexual violence is a constant challenge for India's 600 million women. Some think installing panic buttons on all mobile phones can help.
'The Buddha Said All Were Equal': Thailand's Female Monks Fight for Recognition
Thailand's conservative Buddhist clergy refuses to acknowledge women who want to become monks. But that hasn't deterred an increasing number of female monks who are striking out on their own.
The Hellish Commute of the Women Who Make Your Clothes
In Cambodia, female garment workers slave away for hours on end to make fast fashion for brands like H&M and Gap. But their problems don't end when they leave the factory.
Myanmar's Water Festival Is an Alcohol-Fueled, Misogynistic Mess
Every year, the Southeast Asian country celebrates a public holiday with a nationwide water fight. But critics say that the street parties are descending into violence—and women are suffering most.
Blood Money: The Race to Crack India's Lucrative Menstruation Market
The vast majority of women in India don't use sanitary products, instead relying on everything from cow dung and newspapers when it comes to that time of the month. But local entrepreneurs are determined to change that with reusable pads, menstrual...
Life as a Member of India's Third Gender Is a Blessing and a Curse
We spoke to filmmaker Tabs Breese, who spent three years with the hijra community in India to learn more about why living as a member of the country's officially recognized third gender is a unique—and uniquely difficult—experience.
Being the Fat Girl in a Big Fat Asian Family
When Chinese New Year rolls around, Asian women like me know it's open season for family comments on our weight. But a much deeper cultural problem lies underneath the fat jokes, and it's driving some to crash diets and disordered eating.
Tattooed Tribeswomen and the Problem of Photo Tourism in Myanmar
For the Chin women of western Myanmar, outer beauty starts with an inky black, fully tattooed face. But the government has banned the custom, and tourists are flooding in to document the dying tradition.
Nathan A. Thompson
The Thai Women Behind the First Bar Run Entirely by a Sex Workers' Collective
Can Do in northern Thailand is probably the first—and only—completely sex worker-owned bar in the world.
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