The Internet: Creating a Safe Space

Access to the internet is a basic right that allows women to learn, promote themselves professionally, band together, and obtain help. One law student in Pakistan used the internet to publicize her stab wounds, helping her to win a legal case against her assaulter.[1] However, the internet can also provide an additional space for women … Continue reading The Internet: Creating a Safe Space

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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

Dying for Male Approval: Force-Feeding in West Africa

Obesity is a sign of wealth, status, and prosperity in parts of Africa It seems that no matter where in the world you go, men’s preference dictates what a woman should look like, and societal pressure compels women to conform. We’re familiar with a culture of thinness in the West. Here, despite body-positivity campaigns, larger … Continue reading Dying for Male Approval: Force-Feeding in West Africa

The Cultural Conundrum of Sexuality in Thailand

During her time as Thailand’s first female Minister of Tourism and Sports (2014-2017), Ms. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul was extremely vocal about the need to end sex tourism in the country. Her desire was to see “Thailand be about quality tourism” without the seedy draw of the sex-trade [1]. Recently, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has expressed similar … Continue reading The Cultural Conundrum of Sexuality in Thailand

Raising Awareness on Women’s Rights

Life for women worldwide seems to be slowly improving as they struggle to secure their rights. It is vitally important to continue to bring awareness to the global human rights issues some women still face. By shedding light on gender inequality and creating empowerment through knowledge and resources, women’s lives will continue to improve. Recently … Continue reading Raising Awareness on Women’s Rights

Speaking Sexism: Which Dialect Do You Speak?

Every language is shaped by the culture of those who speak it. As sexism persists in the cultures of the world, it will continue to persist in language. During a recent opportunity to live in Chile and learn Spanish in an immersive environment, I discovered the way sexism is demonstrated through the Spanish language. In … Continue reading Speaking Sexism: Which Dialect Do You Speak?