• The problem with empowerment

    The field of international development is rife with buzzwords—consider terms like good governance or rights-based—these are terms that are invoked often but offer only a shallow description of the issue at hand. When the United Nations Development Program, for example, states that it promotes good governance, it is not...
  • Mind the gap

    It is one of the most enduring taboos of British society. From sex to swearing, decades of progressive liberalisations have given successive generations the social freedom to speak candidly and act expressively. But, curiously, money – and particularly the size of your pay packet – remains a closely guarded...
  • Sexual violence prevention: mobile apps that target men?

    “There’s an app for that” is an expression you’ve probably heard. Owning a cellphone is almost ubiquitous in this day and age. Unfortunately, it’s also ubiquitous to know someone who has experienced sexual assault or harassment, wherever you are in the world and especially since the #metoo campaign went...
  • Brazilian women's football

    The “F” word: In the country of football, can female players find true support?

    Brazil proudly declares itself the “country of football”, where this sport represents a national passion which moves both minds and hearts. However, this passion is not completely felt by Brazilian women yet. In the country with the highest number of men’s world championships (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002),...
  • Domestic servitude: invisible modern slaves

    Many migrant women reach Europe with the hope of a better life, only to be subjected to domestic servitude across the continent. While it is not as publicly recognised as sexual exploitation, domestic servitude can trap its victims for years and it is often harder to uncover. What is...
  • The suppression of debates on gender and sexuality in Brazil

    The topic of gender has become more than a hotbed for debate in Brazil – it has become dangerous. In November 2017, not only was the famous American philosopher Judith Butler harassed during a visit to the country, but local researchers have also had to contend with security issues...
  • ‘Leave no one behind’ campaign leaves men behind

    “Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them” Margaret Atwood   On November 25, 1960, Patria, Minerva and María Teresa Mirabal, three courageous women who opposed the staunch dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic were brutally assassinated. For...
  • 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...
  • Yazidi Road to Peace: Territory, Politics, and Accountability

    Thousands of Yazidi people continue to be impacted since 2014 when the Islamic State invaded their villages in the Sinjar region of Northern Iraq. The Yazidis are an ethnic and religious minority who have endured centuries of persecution from Muslim leaders. Since 2014, the Islamic State (IS) has murdered...
  • The plight of Afghanistan’s dancing boys

    Afghanistan’s recent conflict-ridden history has made the country increasingly dangerous for its population. Among the most vulnerable groups are young Afghan boys who face particular challenges that often leave deep and enduring impacts on their lives and on their social standing in society. But the reason why this is...
  • A New Muslim Feminism?

    In Berlin, the opening of a new and most unusual mosque, the Ibn Rushd-Goethe mosque, has incited both support and outrage. What makes this mosque special is that both men and women pray together. This mixed mosque was founded and is led by the female imam and self-proclaimed Muslim...
  • Is Brazil missing the conversation about child marriage?

    A World Bank recent study pointing to the costs of child marriage has brought again to the media the enormous costs this social phenomenon has for the welfare system worldwide. Despite being part of the Sustainable Development Goals, ending child marriage is still a far target to be achieved...
  • What’s keeping men from engaging in gender equality?

    Every day, we fight a war against gender inequality. We fight systems that oppress people for being who they are. This means, being killed because of your sexual orientation, as in Chechnya or being unable to use the bathroom of your choice as it is the case in North...
  • Why peace in Yemen could depend on women

    The war in Yemen, often called “the forgotten war,” has caused the death of over 10,000 people, including many civilians. Today, over 18 million people are in need of humanitarian aid and the country is facing one of the most severe famines to date and the world’s worst epidemic...
  • Nepal’s forest women on the periphery

    Sabitra wakes up with the sun at 5 am. Her husband, children and in-laws sleep. She heads outside to start her chores for the day, feeding the goats, chickens, and tending to the maize which is beginning to grow tall outside of the small one-bedroom house the family shares....
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