For years, Budapest has enjoyed the reputation as one of Central Europe’s most cosmopolitan and bohemian cities, with a vibrant drag scene. It’s been an oasis for LGBTQ tolerance. But the pandemic has brought tourism to a grinding halt, eliminating a key reason why the country’s conservative government allowed Budapest to be a liberal outpost. Now, a slew of anti-LGBTQ laws and policies, combined with the economic hit of the pandemic, are threatening to kill the city’s drag scene.
From Saudi Arabia to the UAE to Iran, women are breaking the shackles of traditional gender identities to make their mark in the coffee industry. Facilitated by the region’s shifting demographics and economic priorities, they’re pioneering coffee innovations and even drawing male trainees keen to learn from them
The Pink Hijab Initiatives, launched by Khadija Omari Kayanda, is guiding hundreds of Muslim women in business careers, a daring act in Tanzania. A devoted Muslim, Kayanda says the Quran supports women’s rights, an interpretation at direct odds with that of traditionalists.
Al Dakheel represents a new Saudi Arabia where women can fly planes, run successful businesses and represent their country on the global stage. She also represents a new generation of Arabs who, buoyed by sweeping policy changes in the Middle East, are dreaming audacious dreams.
Before traveling to Sweden, Ginsburg “was nothing she would call feminist.” Afterward, everything changed. She returned to the states and got a job teaching at Rutgers University before founding the first U.S. law journal to focus on women’s rights in 1970. In 1972, she co-founded the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project and threw herself into a series of landmark gender equality cases.
There are only a handful of lawyers dealing with tens of thousands of asylum cases; they are part of a small, insanely overworked club of mostly women navigating the front line of America’s immigration debate, which is now concentrated in a handful of border towns teeming with migrants.