women’s rights

  • The miscarriage of justice in El Salvador’s abortion law

    El Salvador, along with Chile, Nicaragua, Honduras, Haiti, Suriname, Andorra and Malta are the only countries in the world that maintain an absolute ban on abortion. In fact, El Salvador has the world’s most severe ban on abortion. Violence and insecurity for women in El Salvador El Salvador, the...
  • Can planting trees bring social change to Tunisia

    Green hope

    Tunisia is, after Jordan, the second country in the Mediterranean area to be most affected by drought and dryness. Not only is it the smallest country in the Maghreb, it is also the one with the least reliable water resources. Aware of this problem and with the intention of...
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    The ownership of the female body

    Amman, Jordan – “The key,” Dr Hana Banat says, as she pauses in her pacing to emphasise, “is that we have to get women believing they have more roles to play than just being a mother”. She repeats the sentence for effect. The sounds of shuffling of papers and...
  • #LifeInLeggings: Caribbean women reclaim power

    Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and sexual harassment are issues of increasing importance in Caribbean society, where women are hyper-sexualised and masculinity is often demonstrated in the ability to exert power over women. However, Caribbean women have been rising up against GBV by using social media as a tool. A great...
  • Challenging Inequality: Women’s Education

    “The surest way to keep people down is to educate the men and neglect the women. If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a nation”. These are the wise words of Dr. James Emmanuel Kwegyir Aggrey, an early 20th...
  • Voices for gender justice in South Africa

    To say that gender-based violence is a problem in South Africa is an egregious understatement. The roots of the problem are woven into the country’s historical struggle to end apartheid, its ongoing economic insecurity, and the global system of patriarchy. Men who commit gender-based violence, especially men of influence,...
  • Dancehall: Dream or Nightmare?

    At any time of day, from just about every street corner, bus or car, the loud pulsating beats can be heard around Jamaica. The hypnotic beats and unwieldy lyrics reverberate with the intensity of the people with whom it has long become synonymous. Dancehall music is a genre of...
  • A Letter to Non-fathers on Father’s Day

    Did you know that 80% of the men worldwide will fathered in their life time? Fatherhood is one of the few common denominators that we share as men, regardless of our race, religion, sexual orientation, geographic location or class. Without a doubt, becoming a dad constitutes one of the...
  • Suffragette – Sarah Gavron

    To celebrate yesterday’s International Women’s Day, this week we will discuss a recent film which was directed by a woman, written by a woman and with a cast led by women. Suffragette (2015) is the first feature film portraying the struggle of ordinary British women, who, at the turn...
  • Abortion as a Human Right

    Abortion is never an easy topic to address, and the level of access to it (if at all) is usually something that each country largely regulates and controls on its own, without much outside intervention and consequences. Until now! Ruling on a historic case brought before the United Nations Human...
  • Crime in the Desert

    We have all by now heard and read about the substantial influx of Syrian refugees into Europe, especially this year. Syrian refugees clearly make up the biggest group of people currently fleeing their home country in search of peace and security in Europe and elsewhere. Another big group, though, consists...
  • Statelessness: 10 Million Invisible

    Enrolling at university? Getting married? Going on a trip abroad? These seem like normal things to do, things that we mostly take for granted. Most individuals do not think about ‘belonging’ somewhere, and even though many of us have travelled far and lived abroad, we always keep that one...
  • 16 Days Campaign 2015 – Video

    10 December, Human Rights Day, marks the end of the 16 Days Against Gender Based Violence (GBV) Campaign. Our contributors took us on a journey where we learned that, while women around the world, regardless of their social status, profession or age suffer from GBV, there is hope. We...
  • The Reality Of Work For Women

    Women in the workplace. What image comes to mind, or perhaps, what image comes to Google? Is it a picture of women in a suit, portrayed against a clean white background? Perhaps this woman may be holding a clipboard, be seated in front of a computer or perhaps be...
  • Uganda’s Move Towards Women Inclusion

    In the past, Uganda’s cultural system was deeply entrenched in patriarchy; a societal system in which men hold exclusive power. However with the coming of the National Resistance Movement government, in 1986, Uganda has made tremendous steps in the inclusion of women as partakers in the country’s development and decision-making...