Reporting from a gender perspective

The original post, written in Spanish, can be found here: This English translation was graciously provided by the author, JSMV.  Schools of journalism around the globe are full of women, as are the related jobs. Nevertheless, the masculine presence and power prevail in editors’ rooms and executive boards; the same dynamics are also present … Continue reading Reporting from a gender perspective

Women, War & Peace II

If you are unfamiliar with the PBS documentary series Women, War & Peace, we invite you to learn more about this excellent source of insight and information at their website: This series tells the previously untold “stories of women who risked their lives for peace, changing history in the process.” The second part of … Continue reading Women, War & Peace II

Beauty as the Key to Economic Mobility?

We often talk about harmful beauty practices that are used to enhance a woman’s prospects for marriage. For example, women in Ethiopia and Tanzania purposefully scar themselves to make themselves more attractive to their suitors (PHBP-PRACTICE-1).[1],[2] In Mali and Mauritania, women are force-fed, because larger women attract more suitors.[3],[4] Plastic surgery is used from Lebanon … Continue reading Beauty as the Key to Economic Mobility?

Rape Laws: Protection or Impunity?

Globally, there are gaps in the legal system that not only fail to give women the justice they deserve, but also to protect them from violence. Women around the world lack physical security largely due to the impunity enjoyed by those who perpetrate violence against them. According to the WomanStats Project’s 2014 scaling of women’s … Continue reading Rape Laws: Protection or Impunity?

Women in the International Field

Article from a Guest Contributor The original post, written in Spanish, can be found here: This English translation was graciously provided by the original author's WomanStats associate, JSMV.  Thinking about the role that women have played around international issues requires a deeper analysis of everyday dynamics and the discourses implemented by international entities. Such … Continue reading Women in the International Field

Does Fair Trade Work for Women?

If you walk into any hipster coffee shop today, you are likely to see the shop proudly promoting their coffee as “Fair Trade Certified”. Recently, ethical consumerism in general, and Fair Trade in particular, have become principal causes for many social justice warriors. The idea behind Fair Trade is that buyers in rich nations pay … Continue reading Does Fair Trade Work for Women?