Category Archives: Gender in Africa

I “just” wanted to point this out…

As students — many of whom will be scouring the job market for opportunities in the near future — we are often preoccupied with the written and spoken language that we use; not solely for the numerous research papers, essays … Continue reading

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Punishing Rape with More Rape? DRC Trauma Stories

Last week, Lauren Wolfe of Women Under Siege wrote about the rape and violence of everyday life in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This violence is tearing families apart. Men, women, and children are caught in the horrors of war … Continue reading

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Sex for Grades in Africa

In this article, a sociology student (!) in Liberia is organizing to stop a common practices: young women pressured to exchange sex for grades. Yes, this happens in the United States as well, as we discussed in class this week. … Continue reading

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South African Gang Rape is Outrageous

This article is very depressing and reflective of many of the issues we have been discussing regarding the book, Half the Sky.  When I read this article I experienced a variety of emotions ranging from disgust, anger, sadness, and astonishment.  … Continue reading

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Mona el-Tahawy on Lack of Women’s Progress and the Firestorm that followed

Here is an article that appeared in Foreign Policy, which sent Twitter, FB, and all forms of social media buzzing:  http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/04/23/why_do_they_hate_us?page=0,0 discussing “the real war on women.” For an example of a response, see http://neocolonialthoughts.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/a-response-to-mona-el-tahawy/

Posted in Activism, civil liberties, Dictatorships, Freedom of women, Gender Equality, Gender in Africa, Gender in the Middle East, Gender-based violence, Patriarchy, Political participation, Sexual assault, Women | 2 Comments

Arab Spring is frosty for Women According Qatari Author

In an interview with al-Jazeera, a Qatari author discusses the (non)impact the Arab Spring on women:  http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/talktojazeera/2012/04/201242111373249723.html .

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A Call to End Female Genital Mutilation in Somalia

Carolina Fonseca Somalia is a small country in East Africa where female genital mutilation is widespread and consists of the most severe form of female circumcision. This violent act of removing the clitoris, or parts of it, has grown to … Continue reading

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Access to Toilet Without Rape: Basic Right?

This article examines how public toilets and latrines in slums in Kenya are not only hazardous due to their unsanitary conditions, but also because the women who use them are very often raped in the process. Many times women go … Continue reading

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Father Beheads Daughter’s Rapist

http://thestir.cafemom.com/teen/118256/father_beheads_daughters_rapist_hero

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Stop Sex-Trafficking in Nigeria

 –Leila McInnis Hundreds of thousands of women are taken from their homes every year and forced to have sex for money. Sex-trafficking is defined by the US State Department as “the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person … Continue reading

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