Monthly Archives: January 2012

“Hijab-Yours, Mine, and Ours”

This is a blog created by my friend, Habiba Ghanem. She created the blog to tell her story and experiences of wearing the hijab and also for her friends and family to share their stories too. It gives a beautiful, … Continue reading

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New Study Links Female Genital Mutilation to Higher Rates of Mental Disorders

Female genital mutilation is defined by the WHO as the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia for nonmedical reasons. The practice causes severe pain and interferes with the normal functioning of girls’ and women’s bodies and has … Continue reading

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Congolese women graduate from rape survival class

Eastern Congo residents, including men and boys as, well as women, have faced violent rapes for many years by armed rebels who roam the hills and sometimes force chunks of wood and guns into their victims. In Bukavu,  gender violence … Continue reading

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Struggling to Understand the Motivations behind the Cambodian Sex Trade

Our class is discussing the book, The Road of Lost Innocence, by Somaly Mam. She was sold into sexual slavery as a child and for decades was shuttled through the brothels that make up the huge sex trade of Southeast … Continue reading

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NY Mets Pitcher Climbs Mountain to Help Female Victims of Sex Trafficking

NY Met’s pitcher,R. A. Dickey, is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness for the Bombay Teen Challenge. Since 1990, Bombay Teen Challenge has worked to rescue and rehabilitate destitute and desperate people living on the streets and in the red light … Continue reading

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Women Making a Difference in Haiti’s Recovery

Two years ago, a monumental earthquake struck Haiti and killed 220,000 people, injured 300,000 and left a million people homeless. A recent CNN article documents how Haitian women at the local level are leading the way to recovery. Oxfam, for … Continue reading

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On Studying the Koran

A former student living in Turkey sent me this article which I thought you might be interested in : http://www.economist.com/node/21542162.

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Looking good in Iraqi Parliament Isn’t Just for Women

http://www.niqash.org/articles/?id=2967 Interesting look at fashion and hair among Iraqi MPs.

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Response to Where Are the Women in Wikipedia?

I noticed that one of my worthy colleagues posted a NY Times article that discusses the lack of female contributors to Wikipedia in a sidebar.  While I cannot address this directly, I can say that my friend and colleague at … Continue reading

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Patriarchy, Revolution, & the Female Body in Egypt

My colleague and friend Khaled Fahmy wrote this fascinating piece in al-Masry al-Youm: http://www.almasryalyoum.com/en/node/592711

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