Reflections on CSW59/Beijing +20: William

The CSW59 conference was very influential.  While there I was able to attend many meetings, the most informative and influential of which I would like to report on. 1)      A New Framework for Gender Equality in Afghanistan.  This event was hosted by Afghan Women, with members of the government among those on the panel.  The … Continue reading Reflections on CSW59/Beijing +20: William

Reflections on CSW59/Beijing +20: Laura

Many people aspire to impact the world for good.  I am no different: I have grand, idealistic desires to help people all over the world. As such, I was thrilled to attend the annual conference on the status of women at the United Nations.  Just saying the “United Nations” filled me with excitement. I hoped … Continue reading Reflections on CSW59/Beijing +20: Laura

Leading to Beijing +20: Women in Politics — by AMG

This past weekend, I attended the “Elect Her: Campus Women Win” program hosted by Texas A&M, which is designed to get women involved in politics. The daylong event, a collaborate effort between Running Start and the American Association of University Women (AAUW), encourages college age women to run for student government and future political office, … Continue reading Leading to Beijing +20: Women in Politics — by AMG

Women, Death, and Inheritance — by RMH

Let’s talk about what happens when people die. By which I mean, what happens to MONEY when people die. I don’t mean to trivialize death, or grief – I’ve experienced my share of both. But today I want to deal with inheritance – the practical matter of who gets the money (or the land, or … Continue reading Women, Death, and Inheritance — by RMH

Leading to Beijing +20: Equal Opportunities for Women Part 2 — by PKB

Leading to Beijing +20: Equal Opportunities for Women Part 2 Undertaking reforms that give women equal access to resources that enhance their economic potential and activity is vital to building more prosperous and stable households, communities, and nations. Despite the proven benefits of including women in the formal economy however, much of the developing world … Continue reading Leading to Beijing +20: Equal Opportunities for Women Part 2 — by PKB

Special Edition: Learning about Women in Indonesia

The seventh annual International Indonesia Forum Conference was recently held in the West Java city of Bandung. This year’s cosponsor of the conference was the State Islamic University Sunan Gunung Djati. During the two day conference, 52 papers were presented in 16 different sessions on a wide variety of topics. The theme of the conference … Continue reading Special Edition: Learning about Women in Indonesia

The Red Brigade of India

I used to believe that when a person was sexually assaulted, their first instinct was to fight back, run, or scream for help. However, this is not usually the case - it seems that the majority of women and girls freeze and don’t know how to respond to their attacker.  The Everyday Sexism Project (http://www.everydaysexism.com/) … Continue reading The Red Brigade of India

Feminist Street Art in the Egyptian Uprising

Throughout Cairo, sprawled across walls and buildings, are words in solidarity for women rebels, graphic depictions of violence, and art demanding for women’s rights. Although graffiti is an accessory of any revolution or protest, it’s important that pro-women and anti-harassment messages are a part of Egypt’s. Street art in Cairo has become a way for … Continue reading Feminist Street Art in the Egyptian Uprising

Thirty Years and Counting

Consider the CEDAW (Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination of All Forms Against Women), adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly, which includes an article encouraging nations to ensure that women are participating in policy-making and are holding government office. Most nations have since ratified the CEDAW (excluding the United States), yet the world … Continue reading Thirty Years and Counting