Let Them Know

I remember when I was in high school, writing applications for college.  The essay prompts and recommendations talked about a defining moment in your life.  Up to that point, at age 17 or 18, I couldn’t really think of any.  I mean, there were various events and projects and people that I will remember for … Continue reading Let Them Know

Home of the Brave?

As a researcher for the WomanStats Project, I read about heinous crimes committed against women across the globe every single day.  With every new article or government report I realize the great extent to which my status as an American citizen has sheltered me from these great perils.  And I am grateful.  As a young … Continue reading Home of the Brave?

Violence Against Native American Women

Native American women living on reservations in the US experience a disproportionate amount of violence compared to non-Native women.  This is a complex situation, involving historical and continued discrimination, poverty and the associated problems including alcoholism, with no easy solution.  A significant part of this problem, however, is the fact that non-Native men have de … Continue reading Violence Against Native American Women

The Things a Badge Lets You Get Away With

It is alarming the kinds of things that people in authority, especially police officers and security forces, can get away with in Rwanda. Having a badge is power, and police officers in Rwanda are using this power to abuse women-because they can. The Country Report on Human Rights for 2007 in Rwanda records these crimes … Continue reading The Things a Badge Lets You Get Away With