Gold mining in Africa has a bad rap — particularly when it comes to women. In the gold mining belt of Mali, one of the world’s poorest countries, the victimization lens does great injustice to the hundreds of women mining alongside men. Women make up around half the workforce in Mali’s artisanal gold mines. Women working in the mines would be the first to say that the work is brutal and uncertain. But the money they can make gives women financial autonomy and power that would be unimaginable if they ...
Coronavirus pandemic have had a serious effect on all human life; however people are still grabbing the last line of hope as the world is celebrating the Valentine's day despite all the crisis. Despite lockdowns and strict measures across the globe, some couples have decided to celebrate their love online while others decided to abandon the virus and socialize in person. Regarding the way of celebration; the valentine's day remains a special occasion for everyone and not only for couples as it reminds us that loving and caring is the ...
Wearing a bowler hat and familiar toothbrush moustache, Pakistan's Usman Khan has become a viral sensation. Like a Charlie Chaplin, he is teasing motorists and shopkeepers for laughs and a few rupees. The actor hopes the silent film antics of old will bring a bit of joy to the residents of the notoriously chaotic frontier city of Peshawar. He wants to spread happiness among the people, to take their minds off the coronavirus pandemic. Dressed as Chaplin, Khan leaps into passing rickshaws, annoys local shopkeepers, and occasionally swats onlookers with ...
A loose club of fans rolls up most weekends in central Tokyo to show off their Cadillacs, Chevrolets, and other modern classic vehicles from the mid to late 20th century. The casual society has around 10 members and the oldest cars they own are a 1941 Cadillac and a restored 1929 Ford Model-A. They speak to the cars when drive. Each time they still get a thrill. There aren't many vehicles that give you that feeling. The shape of old cars is very charming, impossible with today's mass production. These ...
Six years of war, which has left the country on the brink of famine, has "greatly increased" violence against women in Yemen. We won't be living in a world free of GBV anytime soon, but what we can do is empower women to manifest better, dream bigger, and protect themselves. Married at 12, rejected at 16, then disfigured in an acid attack, the fate of Al-Anoud Hussain Sheryan is a shocking illustration of abuse in a society beset by war and poverty. She wanted to protect me. Having lived for ...
A young Jordanian make-up artist shot to online fame with videos of herself imitating famous figures from across the world. From Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth II to singer Umm Kulthum and actor Adel Imam, her characters have made Alaa Bliha a star in her own right with tens of thousands of social media followers. The 27-year-old says she started making the clips to stave off depression, after losing her job as a theatre make-up artist and returning to a grim coronavirus lockdown in Jordan. Months later, she has some ...
PM Benjamin Netanyahu is back in court to formally respond to corruption charges, as his trial enters an intensified phase. Netanyahu, the first Israeli premier to be indicted in office, was charged last year over allegations that he accepted improper gifts. The combative PM, who has blasted the charges. At the hearing, Netanyahu is compelled to deliver the defendant's formal response to the allegations. This marks the last pre-trial hearing with upcoming sessions focused on testimony and evidence. The charges against Netanyahu are divided into three separate cases. The most ...
Jordanian actress Safaa Sultaan has been trending on social media and topping google search lists after her recent interview with Rabia Al Zayyat. Particularly, one part of the interview went viral, it was when Safaa talked about underage marriage. She said: 'I am against feminist organizations and the rights of women which refuse to marry underage girls. I mean, if the girl refuses to marry at this age, well that's fine, but if that's her desire, let her get married.' Away from controversy, let us share with you Safaa Sultaan's ...
The Venice Carnival festivities should have already started, but the COVID-19 pandemic has made its annual appointment impossible. Last year authorities shut down the Carnival on its third day, just before Italy became the first country in the West to face an outbreak. Now Italy has logged more than 2.5 million confirmed virus cases, including more than 88,000 deaths. A “surge” has taken on a different, more ominous context. Alleys are eerily empty. Italy’s current infection-control restrictions do not allow traveling between regions. Even if Carnival had been held, relatively ...
Le Yen Quyen is a pharmacist who works at a local health clinic in Vietnam's Mekong Delta. However, at night, she dances under the head of a lion on perilously high metal poles, practising her moves ahead of Lunar New Year festivities. The 27-year-old female is one of the first women to join the Tu Anh Duong lion and dragon dance troupe, where performers mimic the movements of the creatures to bring good luck and dispel evil spirits. Evening after evening in the southern city of Can Tho, she perfects ...