Virginity Testing: Women as Guardians of Virtue and Honor

Show me a culture that does not understand or teach consent and I’ll show you many cultures that absolve men of accountability, murder women in the name of honor, violate young girls, and exacerbate trauma. Across borders and state lines, cultures and languages, a common, shared experience of being a woman is violation of consent.  … Continue reading Virginity Testing: Women as Guardians of Virtue and Honor

In Figures: The State of Women’s Health Around the World

The world’s population count reveals that women outnumber men; however, improving their lives and lengthening their lifespan is not on every government’s agenda. Women do enjoy better health services and greater rights in the developed world, but as the featured infographic suggests, the disparity can’t be missed as you scan and compare different areas of … Continue reading In Figures: The State of Women’s Health Around the World

Explaining Wartime Rape

It has been two decades since the Peruvian Civil War ended, and yet the violence of the conflict has extended far into the post-conflict period. Namely, rape and sexual violence, which were widespread during the conflict, continue to be perpetrated. Despite post-war policies designed by the Peruvian government to stop violence against women, many women … Continue reading Explaining Wartime Rape

College and Universities Are Failing Their Student Mothers

In September of 2017, the video of Henry Musoma, a professor at Texas A&M University, holding a student’s baby during a lecture went viral. The student, Ashton Robinson, was unable to find childcare for her son and asked Dr. Musoma if she could meet with him another day to catch up on the material she … Continue reading College and Universities Are Failing Their Student Mothers

Fleeing Femicide: The Case for Gender-Based Asylum

Recent horrifying reports of battered women and their families from Central America seeking asylum in the U.S. have generated a mix of compassion, confusion, and concern.  As a recent New York Times profile points out: “Here in Guatemala, the homicide rate for women is more than three times the global average. In El Salvador, it … Continue reading Fleeing Femicide: The Case for Gender-Based Asylum

Soldiers & Survivors in the Military Injustice System

Every year, the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) of the United States Department of Defense (DOD) publishes a report on sexual assault within the military. During my summer internship with the nonprofit Protect Our Defenders, I searched through the report for relevant statistics (including the statistic showing that while the estimated prevalence rate … Continue reading Soldiers & Survivors in the Military Injustice System