June 2013

Here’s what we could find on the subject.

Repercussions of Dowries and Arranged Marriages in India

In India, the caste system, dowries, and arranged marriages are sustaining a hostile environment for women in the country. Immersing yourself in a culture or population to find out its needs and not imposing your beliefs upon others are lessons that have been vital in

See No Evil: Why the Justice System Ignores Rape

Much has been said about the rape culture that exists in today’s society, without a full definition of what rape culture is. To many, it refers to the general acceptance of trivializing sexual violence, from the popular use of rape as a term of competitive

Energy Poverty has the Face of a Woman

Approximately 1.2 billion people – almost one fifth of the world’s population – live without access to electricity needed for day-to-day activities, such as lighting the home, keeping children and the elderly cool during the summer, charging your phone’s battery or meeting the needs of

UN Women: Interview with Lakshmi Puri

At the 2013 Women Deliver Conference, Julia Wiklander and I had the incredible opportunity to meet and interview Lakshmi Puri, Acting Head of UN Women. Aiming to enhance gender equality and women’s empowerment around the world, the United Nations General assembly created UN Women in

Empowering Women in Mali, Africa: Yeah Samaké

Malian women are strong. They work dawn to dusk taking care of their families and are usually the first to wake up and the last to go to bed. Usually they will have anywhere from 4 to 10 children. They cook, clean, chop firewood and

Thicke's Blurred Lines

When I heard the tune of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” featuring T.I. and Pharrell, I thought it was incredibly catchy. That baseline, that beat. It was when I listened to the lyrics, saw the sexism and gender imbalance in the video and read the outcry

Speak Up for Widows

Today is International Widows’ Day. Adopted on February 23, 2011, International Widows’ Day serves as a global reminder of the economic, social, and health consequences that arise upon the death of a woman’s spouse. As such, International Widows’ Day creates a space for conversation on widows’

The Hollywood Problem

In developed countries, we tend to speak of the status of women in less developed countries as oppressive and beyond comprehension. For many of us, it is self-evident that women are equal to men in terms of our capabilities, status and dignity. Yet, the uncomfortable

Girls Raise Their Voices For Education!

During a workshop I held at Mottagningskolan Mosaik, a school in Malmö, Sweden for newly immigrated teens, I met some amazing girls. These girls from Afghanistan, Sudan, Somalia, and Syria shared their views on girls’ rights and education, the importance of gender equality and the

2013 US Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP)

The 2013 Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) was released yesterday by the US State Department. The TIP report exists to highlight the issue of modern day slavery and rank individual countries progress in combating the issue. The State Department places each country onto a tier.

Inspiration and Hope on World Refugee Day

Approximately 75 to 80 percent of the 50 million refugees in the world today are women and children. It is widely understood that life as a refugee is a constant struggle. However, rather than focusing on the countless hardships refugees endure, I want to use

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