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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...
Justin Heifetz​​
4.10.17
crime
crime

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.
Charlotte Jansen
3.1.17
politics
politics

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.
Nancy Clark
2.27.17
Sex
Sex

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.
Sirin Kale
5.20.16
Culture
Culture

'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.
Charlotte England
5.11.16
Fashion
Fashion

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.
Poppy McPherson
5.9.16
harassment
harassment

​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.
Charlotte England
4.29.16
Menstruation
Menstruation

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...
Rebecca Hobson
3.11.16
LGBTQ
LGBTQ

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.
Lucy Draper
2.25.16
weight
weight

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.
Angela Hui
2.5.16
Photos
Photos

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
11.20.15
sex work
sex work

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.
Charlotte England
10.19.15