Letter from the Editors
Women Across Frontiers is introducing a new series, Woman of the Month. Each month, WAF will highlight and acknowledge inspiring women whose work is making a real and immediate difference in advancing the rights of women and girls, often at great personal cost.
WAF names Rita Segato, one of Latin America’s most celebrated feminist public intellectuals as WAF’s Woman of the Month.
Born in Buenos Aires in 1951 and trained as an anthropologist at Queen’s University in Belfast, Segato has put exposing—and combating—the violent dynamics of sexism, racism and colonialism at the center of her professional work. After conducting extensive research on the motivations of convicted rapists in the prison of Brasília in the mid-1990s, she was among the first Latinx feminists to identify sex crimes as “crimes of power, of domination, of punishment.” In response to the torrent of femicidios that has been sweeping over Latin America, Rita Segato has become an active participant in the Ni Una Menos movement in Argentina.
We also spotlight the work of Paulina, a head teacher in Chimborazo, Ecuador, who is implementing an innovative way to teach students about sex in a country where until 2017 abstinence was promoted in the schools’ sex education programs.
From our Listen, Ladies podcast, meet the “FBI” of the National Park Lands. Beth Shott–an investigator responsible for protecting national park lands and investigating and prosecuting crimes that occur on those lands–talks about her work and her unique path into law enforcement.
From Ethiopia, watch the video documentary of 13-year-old Yekaba, who stopped her marriage to a man aged 20 when she was just 12.
From our urban feminism series, read in English and Spanish how the city of Monterrey, Mexico, is in the process of designing a women-friendly city.
Karina, Sylvia and the WAF team