The Insidious Reality of Rape Culture

I experienced my first conscious encounter with rape culture as an eleven-year-old. I was leaving class one day when I heard one of my classmates say to a couple of her friends, “Mr. Jones* is such a perv! He totally looks down my shirts!” Her friends agreed, and they continued angrily discussing similar studies as … Continue reading The Insidious Reality of Rape Culture

Removing the Veil: The Real Path to Prostitution

“Sexual exploitation is a practice by which person(s) achieve sexual gratification or financial gain or advancement through the abuse of a person’s sexuality by abrogating that person’s human right to dignity, equality, autonomy, and physical and mental well-being… it is the right of every human being to live free of exploitation… sexual power is a … Continue reading Removing the Veil: The Real Path to Prostitution

Most Prevalent Issue of 2016: ISIS

In 2014, after ISIS fighters invaded the Nineveh province in Iraq and kidnapped thousands of Yezidis, these ISIS fighters sexually tortured the Yezidi women and girls (2). ISIS fighters raped the captives repeatedly, justifying their actions it by saying that Islam allows sex with slaves or women who don’t subscribe to ISIS’s idea of Islam … Continue reading Most Prevalent Issue of 2016: ISIS

Sexual Violence in the U.S. — by AMG

Sexual assault in the U.S. has finally begun to receive increasing attention over the past few years, particularly on college campuses. Although exact numbers are hard to come by, because rape and sexual assault is incredibly underreported, it’s estimated that 1 out of every 6 American women has experienced an attempted or completed rape, totaling … Continue reading Sexual Violence in the U.S. — by AMG

Leading to Beijing +20: 12 Critical Areas of Concern — by RDM

The Beijing+20 platform for action has 12 critical areas of concern: women and the environment, women in power and decision-making, the girl child, women and the economy, women and poverty, violence against women, human rights of women, education and training of women, institutional mechanisms for the advancement of women, women and health, women and the … Continue reading Leading to Beijing +20: 12 Critical Areas of Concern — by RDM

Leading to Beijing +20: Child Marriage Part 2 — by LAE

Growing up, I was never one of those girls who dreamed about her fairy tale wedding. Of course, I made sure that Barbie and my MC Hammer dolls were married once a week, but I never really gave any thought to MY own wedding day. It was not until I got much older that I … Continue reading Leading to Beijing +20: Child Marriage Part 2 — by LAE