The Abuse in Prostitution

Sometimes referred to as the world’s oldest profession, prostitution has a long history of abusing women. In addition to generally poor working conditions and unfair wage distribution between pimps and prostitutes, sex trafficking and child prostitution further the injustices of prostitution. The increased political focus on human rights point activists and policymakers to prostitution as … Continue reading The Abuse in Prostitution

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Generational Expectations of Motherhood, Education and Society in Mexico

My great-grandmother was born in 1909 in Guadalajara, Mexico to a military general. Her mother passed away soon after her birth and her father died in the Mexican Revolution. She was adopted by a family with a large hacienda—or estate—and lived with them until she married my great-grandfather. Mexican tradition called for a man courting … Continue reading Generational Expectations of Motherhood, Education and Society in Mexico

Planned Parenthood: Giving more to society than controversy

Women are peculiarly vulnerable when it comes to personal health and healthcare, facing the potential for breast, ovarian, uterine and cervical cancers as well as the common maladies (heart disease, diabetes, etc) the male portion of the population shares with us. Living in a first-world country such as the United States of America provides a … Continue reading Planned Parenthood: Giving more to society than controversy

Maternal Healthcare in Developing Countries

When we talk about women and healthcare, we often jump to maternal healthcare. Consequently, many of us have heard the horror stories of appalling maternal healthcare in developing countries. For example, one aid representative describes how in Malawi, there were “maternity wards where there would be 100 women in labour in the courtyard, and only … Continue reading Maternal Healthcare in Developing Countries

Reflections on CSW59/Beijing +20: Naomi

Going to the United Nations has always been a dream of mine. I am passionate about raising awareness regarding the status of women around the world, so attending the Commission on the Status of Women, also known as Beijing+20, was the opportunity of a lifetime. My first day at the conference, I was blown away … Continue reading Reflections on CSW59/Beijing +20: Naomi