ADDED ON: 08/21/2018

Kazakh Feminist Activist Fined for Menstruation Campaign

08/20/2018 | Times of India

Zhanar Sekerbayeva, co-founder of the feminist group Feminita, was ordered to pay a fine of 30 euros by a court in the Central Asian republic’s largest city of Almaty, an AFP journalist said. Sekerbayeva took part in a photoshoot in the centre of Almaty on August 9 in which she and other activists held up posters, including a drawing of a woman menstruating over traditional tents. “This subject has always been and remains shameful in Kazakh society: we don’t talk about it and we prefer to avoid any discussion of the subject,” Feminita wrote at the time on its website. A week later the activist was taken to a police station and charged with minor hooliganism, a crime that can be punished with up to 10 days in jail. “It’s a shame that activists from the LGBT community are facing judgement for their political views,” Sekerbayeva told AFP following the ruling. “We didn’t attack anyone. Quite the opposite — during the demonstration we were subject to mockery and condemnation of passersby,” she said, adding that she intended to appeal the judgement. Amnesty International denounced the process against her and called on authorities to end any prosecution immediately.

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