“As I write these words I am thinking of women everywhere, like Zarifa Ghafari, the first woman Mayor in the conservative district of Wardak Province in Afghanistan who are bravely battling for their rights, their safety and security, and I wonder ‘will they have a Happy International Women’s Day?’ writes Dr Shirley Graham, Director of the Gender Equality Initiative at The Elliott School of International Affairs.
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While the telemedicine industry has taken leaps and bounds over the last few months to help fill in the gaps of an overwhelmed healthcare system, the benefits of telemedicine are not equally available to everyone due to a complicated patchwork of policies and regulation.
“But one of the most striking effects of the coronavirus will be to send many couples back to the 1950s. Across the world, women’s independence will be a silent victim of the pandemic,” argues reporter Helen Lewis from The Atlantic.
October 18 in London, I scroll through Chile’s news per usual since I’ve been in London only a month working on my master’s degree in gender studies at University College London. “Student ambushes metro stations in protests over fare hikes,” the paper says.
Mired in an economic and political crisis since 2010, Venezuela has been experiencing a catastrophic shortage of contraceptives.
“Changing the way films depict women – particularly women leaders – must become a crucial part of the movement to get more women into positions of power.”
“With just over a decade until the SDGs are due to be delivered, not one country on the planet has achieved full equality for girls, women, men and boys.”
Monterrey is one of Mexico’s wealthiest cities and was voted Mexico’s “best city to live” in Mercer´s 2018 20th Quality of Living Ranking. Yet despite these accomplishments, the city hides many problems for the “regiomontanas”, as the city’s women residents are called.
“Under the Trump administration’s new policy, domestic partnerships no longer qualify same-sex partners of foreign diplomats and UN employees to receive diplomatic visas for the U.S.”
“Chilean women are increasingly mobilized and are now demanding change in the fight to ban street harassment,” argues Chilean analyst and social psychologist Tamara Drove.
Commentary Issue 6
The naked feminist protest war seems far from over, argue WAF’s co-founder Sylvia Maier and NYY Center for Global Affairs Professor Jens Rudbeck.
Women’s rights groups in Venezuela address the contradiction between the socialist pseudo “feminist revolution” and how women so often participate in their own oppression.
“Facebook is not a space for much disagreement, I think the criteria ruling many groups on social media somehow follows the motto ‘show you are happy or go away'”, I once wrote, says media expert Flavia Fascendini.
“The postal survey whilst ridiculously fragile and non-binding, provided an opportunity for change, which the community embraced wonderfully”, affirms Rachel Aitken, an LGBTQIA activist studying in Sydney.
“As a woman, a mother, and someone with a pre-war perspective, I could go where men could not, as well as tell stories most were not interested in telling.”
“As an immigration lawyer and a person who has devoted her professional life to serving the public interest, I could not remain idle.”
Commentary Issue 5 (October 2016) Women and Health
The fear and despair that my closest friends felt after the 2016 presidential election didn’t hit me right away. I hugged my colleagues and friends tight throughout the day on November 9.
Major international women’s health networks are readying for a battle against the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump, which they fear will seek to block support for women’s reproductive rights worldwide.
According to official statistics, 600,000 new pregnancies occur every year in Peru; 57% of which are unplanned and unwanted, often the result of sexual violence. As a result, more than 370,000 clandestine abortions are carried out every year.
A change has emerged in the interpretation of government obligations on Gender Based Violence (GBV).
Commentary Issue 4 (June 2016) “Women and Migration”
A high number of migrants have died or disappeared while attempting to reach the United States. These are the stories of the wives and daughters left behind.
“Am I in prison?” This question was posed to me by a woman incarcerated at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas, also known as “Baby Jail.”
Commentary Issue 3 (March 2016) ‘Women and Environment”
Pre-disaster conditions, such as the gendered division of labor and control over assets, expose women and girls disproportionately to risk.
The courageous voice of a young woman as she shares her vision – through a poem – of an un-gendered world and what would that look like.
While he might have not realized it at the time, Bowie, anticipated today’s continuing gender binary dialogue.
Since its emergence in 2009, Boko Haram has killed 20,000 people and forced over 2.5 million Nigerians from their homes.
Commentary Issue 2 (November 2015) “Gender-Based Violence”
In Turkmenistan, least globally integrated state of Central Asia, the survival of national identity generates through women.
It is necessary to query the way the DAIISH challenge is addressed by Western societies.
Commentary Issue 1 (August 2015) “Global Challenges to Women’s Rights”
Brought to national attention recently through the efforts of activists and legislative initiatives, this topic has become increasingly complex as colleges and the country at large react to the phenomenon. In many ways, an article that was meant to legitimize anti-rape activism ultimately had the opposite effect.
Afghan women have made enormous progress since the overthrow of the fundamentalist Taliban regime almost fourteen years ago. However, as domestic and international priorities have changed, and without sustained pressure and continued financial support from the international community, these hard-won gains are at serious risk of being reversed.