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International Women’s Issues: The Fight for Abortion Rights in Turkey

I’m hesitant to announce a region for this week’s post. That’s because we’re looking at one of the more confusing countries in the world, geography-wise. Is it part of Europe? Asia? The Middle East? Well, yes, yes, and yes. That’s right, friends, this week I’m focusing on Turkey. And if you follow the news at […]

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International Women’s Issues: The Fertility Rate of Timor-Leste

Let’s go someplace warm and beachy this week. Somewhere in the South Pacific, with palm trees, gorgeous caves, and sparkling blue waters. Somewhere with a 400-year history of colonial oppression, a brutal quarter century of war in recent history, and, until recently, one of the highest fertility rates in the world, perhaps?

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International Women’s Issues: Maternal Mortality in Brazil

Finding a topic for these columns is always a bit of a mixed bag. Sometimes there’s an obvious issue to write about, sometimes a friend forwards me a news article or similar, with “you should write about this!” in the headline. (Note: dear friends, thank you, and please do not stop.) And sometimes I begin […]

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International Women’s Issues: Sex Trafficking in Russia

It’s Europe/Eurasia week here again at International Women’s Issues, so before I get into this week’s post, I’d like to direct you all to go and read Susan’s posts about Oksana Makar, a Ukranian rape victim fighting for her life. The posts are here, here, and here, and while they’re very heavy stuff, this is […]

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International Women’s Issues: Northern Uganda

It’s going to be a bit of an unusual column this week, folks. As you might have guessed by the title, we’re going to be looking at Uganda, but since, somehow, International Development has become a hot topic, I’m going to have to talk about Invisible Children. Or, at least, point you in the direction […]

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International Women’s Issues: The Potential Challenge to Women’s Rights in Tunisia

Before we get in to this week’s column, I’d like to congratulate Saving Face, a documentary about acid attacks in Pakistan, for winning an Oscar last night. I strongly hope the success of this film brings attention (and, you know, funding) to the prevention of acid attacks and support to people who are survivors of […]

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International Women’s Issues: Acid Attacks in Bangladesh

With Valentine’s Day tomorrow, my thoughts go not to chocolate and flowers, but instead to V-Day, Eve Ensler’s foundation to support stopping violence against women and girls. Since this column is never going to be about chocolate and flowers, let’s talk about how to stop violence against women and girls. And let’s go straight to […]

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International Women’s Issues: Indigenous Women’s Rights in Guatemala

This week, we’re going to look at the struggle for gender equality and women’s rights for the indigenous population of Guatemala. Discrimination against indigenous women is intersectional – indigenous people as a whole face discrimination, and then again there are elements of society that specifically target women. There is a great deal being done to improve […]

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International Women’s Issues: Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan

Several weeks ago, a friend of mine commented on my ability to make the Internet 100% Sad, according to the mood meter at the bottom of that week’s International Women’s Issues post. She, a specialist on the former Soviet Union, then suggested I write about Kyrgyz bride kidnapping, but warned me that again, 100% sadness […]

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International Women’s Issues: HIV/AIDS and Women in Botswana

This week’s column aims to examine the impact of HIV/AIDS on women in Botswana, with significant exploration into what is being done, both internationally and by local women, to combat this disease. I should point out here that, since HIV/AIDS is such a major issue, and has been one for several decades at this point, […]

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International Women’s Issues: The Worst Country in the World for Women

This week in International Women’s Issues, I’m focusing on Yemen. Why? Because, time and time again, Yemen holds the title of The Worst Place in the World To Live if You are a Woman. There are a variety of factors that contribute to this ignoble distinction, which I will examine. There are also, happily, a […]

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International Women’s Issues: Economic Empowerment in Cambodia

In this column’s perpetual continent-hopping, we’re back in Asia this week ““ Southeast Asia, specifically. And when one thinks of women’s rights in Southeast Asia, human trafficking and sex work automatically come to mind. But that’s not what I’m focusing on this week, at least not directly.

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International Women’s Issues: We Need to Talk About Haitian Women

On January 12, 2010, Haiti was struck by a massive earthquake. Nearly two years later, over a million people ““ between 1 and 1.3 million, to be precise ““ are still living in the camps. A cholera epidemic is currently taking place, and the refugee camps are incredibly unsafe for women and girls, as sexual […]

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International Women’s Issues: Romani Women in Romania

We return to Europe this week in International Women’s Issues. And really, if you’re going to write about the worldwide struggle for women’s rights, and this is a Europe Week in your globe-hopping, you have to write about the Roma.

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International Women’s Issues: Let’s Give Thanks

After explaining last week’s post topic to my mother, she suggested that I write about something cheerful this week. “It’s Thanksgiving ““ write about what we should be thankful for in women’s rights!” It’s a pretty good idea. The news that gets airtime is usually bad news, and at least in the U.S., the recent […]