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Gender Issues

The Accidental Feminist

By Maghen Quadrini The word feminist used to leave me feeling uncomfortable. I rolled my eyes at friends who were taking gender studies courses, made fun of t-shirts headlining waves of feminism and ignored the many university campaigns centered on the women's movement. Feminism to me seemed to be a story told with an ...

The Ethics of Empowerment

There is something inherently wrong with these depictions of women in society: Indian women are becoming more empowered as the country cracks down on violence against women. African women are empowered because of the role technology has played in advancing their mobility. South American women are empowered through protests ...

Women in the Middle East and North Africa

By: Ala Oueslati As the countries of the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa) have been undertaking the process of enacting social and political change, women still haven’t gained equitable human rights, which stands out as a particularly worrying obstacle in the way of the socio-political movements. Although the ...

Why We Should All Be Feminists A Book Review of ‘We Should All Be Feminists’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

By: Courtney McLarnon “A feminist is a man or a woman who says: yes there is a problem with gender as is and we must fix it, we must do better” The short, flawless book, ‘We should all be Feminists’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is not new – nor are the Feminist theory-backed concepts it presents. It was originally ...

Film Review: ‘Yellow Fever’ by Kenyan Ng’endo Mukii

By: Courtney McLarnon “The fault lines within, we overwrite with borders. Hierarchies of beauty cut into our skin, never admitting that we are all just a little bit uncomfortable”. The proudly Kenyan Director/Editor/Animator Ng’endo Mukii addresses narratives of skin tone and perceptions of beauty in her short film ...

Beyond Sports: How Athletics Empower Women and Promote Gender Equality

By Camilla Dalerci At this year’s 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) it has been strongly suggested that women’s access to sports should feature in the post-2015 development agenda as key to boosting gender equality. But what can sports really do for women and girls and their role in ...

FEMALE REFUGEES: Making the Invisible, Visible.

By Courtney McLarnon In societies worldwide, women face hardships merely on the basis of their sex. These hardships become exacerbated in situations of displacement and unwanted mobility where women are targets of heightened discrimination and gender-based violence (GBV). In fact, the Vulnerable Women’s Project (VWP) ...