Recap: 2018 Texas Symposium on Women, Peace, and Security

On Monday, November 5, 2018, the Bush School of Government and Public Service hosted the 4th Annual Texas Symposium on Women, Peace, and Security: Implementing the Vision of the Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2017. The symposium was started by Dr. Valerie Hudson, the head of the Women, Peace, and Security program at the … Continue reading Recap: 2018 Texas Symposium on Women, Peace, and Security

Above the Glass Splinters

Juliana Salazar has broken the glass ceiling. Now she is teaching us that “the sky is the limit”. Incredibly passionate for sports and quality journalism: that is Juliana Salazar Meza. A sports journalist for Caracol Radio, she is considered one of the more prominent correspondents in Colombia. She graduated from Universidad de Manizales after studying … Continue reading Above the Glass Splinters

Political Glass Ceiling: Women in Brazil

Considering the pending* results of the presidential election in Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro has a high level of support from a significant proportion of the population in Brazil. This support has been obvious since the first round of voting, when he obtained 46.3% of the votes over Fernando Haddad, his main opponent; Haddad received only 28.8% … Continue reading Political Glass Ceiling: Women in Brazil

Camptowns and Prostitution: Why Men Shouldn’t Need a Sexual Release

The mayor of Osaka, Japan threatened in December 2017 to cut ties with Osaka’s sister city of San Francisco, California. Why? Because of one statue depicting three comfort women.[1],[2] The term “comfort women” refers to the women—South Korean, Chinese, Filipino and others—enslaved and raped by the Japanese army around the time of second world war. … Continue reading Camptowns and Prostitution: Why Men Shouldn’t Need a Sexual Release

Aspiring Entrepreneurs in Unexpected Places

Women in Saudi Arabia still need permission when traveling abroad or signing contracts [1], yet a Saudi woman’s business was just ranked #24 on a Forbes list of 60 up and coming female-run tech startups.[2] Nouf Alsaleem is just 20 years old, and her homemade food delivery service, Mathaqi, made the list. Alsaleem is one … Continue reading Aspiring Entrepreneurs in Unexpected Places

Accountability for Rape

Several months ago, I was asked to update the WomanStats scale that compares reported rapes in countries across the globe (LRW-SCALE-4). Understanding that rapes are vastly underreported everywhere, I knew to take the numbers with a grain of salt. However, I realized that I had no idea of just how problematic the data on rape … Continue reading Accountability for Rape

Rohingya Women: Victims, Survivors, and Fighters

The Rohingya, an ethnic and religious minority in Burma (also referred to as Myanmar), have become victims of government-sponsored genocide. Starting last August, the decades-long repression turned into what the U.N. has deemed as an ethnic cleansing. Burmese military are entering the Rakhine state, the region occupied by the Rohingya, setting fire to the local … Continue reading Rohingya Women: Victims, Survivors, and Fighters