About 15 cities around the country have passed their own anti-discrimination ordinances but none have quite followed through with the vigor and determination as Quezon City, a bustling metropolis about 9 miles from the Philippine capital of Manila.
In 2012, Sweden erupted in a national debate over the pronoun "hen." Traditionally, Swedish has gendered pronouns when referring to people. There is no gender-neutral pronoun for people. "Hen" was a new word meant to fill a gap in the language. This week on The World in Words podcast we explore how a little-known and little-used word went mainstream in Sweden.
The 28-year-old lawyer founded The G-Blog (pun intended) two years ago to spark frank conversations on everything from body image and sexuality to religion. Online discussions soon spawned offline forums, together forging a new space for debate on subjects often deemed controversial in the Muslim-majority nation.