By Jihane Bergaoui and Jan Erickson The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has long enjoyed a strategically fruitful relationship with the United States. In return for providing the U.S. with a geo-politically important Arab ally in the Middle East, and a significant economic and energy partner, Saudi Arabia has benefited from a complete lack of accountability… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Global Feminisim
Despite, or rather because of, the Nigerian government’s lack of effective action parents and loved ones of the abducted girls have staged protests and started #BringBackOurGirls.
In many cases immigrant women are more hesitant to report incidents of harassment because the perpetrator holds a position of power and may threaten to fire them or call immigration if they seek help. Undocumented women in abusive relationships often face similar barriers to reporting acts of violence. A partner may discourage the woman from leaving the relationship using the threat of deportation or separation from their children.
Not only do early marriages limit girls’ access to education, but they also endanger their health. The leading cause of death for women 15 to 19 years old in developing countries is pregnancy and childbirth complications. Girls younger than 15 are five times more likely to die in childbirth than women in their 20s.
On April 9, 2012, the New York Times published an article about the strides women are making in Bangladesh . . . Despite the obstacles, Bangladesh has three percent more women in elected positions than the United States. In addition, it has had female heads of state for decades — an advancement the U.S. has not been able to make during its 200-plus years of independence.
Obstetric fistula is a preventable injury during childbirth that can cause a lifetime of incontinence, extreme social isolation and even human rights violations for women if left untreated. Today an estimated two million women, primarily in developing countries, are living with obstetric fistula (it is more rare within industrialized nations because of access to better medical care).
Women’s reproductive health care advocates can rest easy for the moment, as Congress has passed a resolution to continue funding the federal government for the rest of the fiscal year that does not include such onerous anti-woman provisions as the re-imposition of the Global Gag Rule.
Just two days before the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, the Post reported on a “shift” in the U.S. Agency for International Development’s approach toward promoting women’s rights. Apparently women in Afghanistan are getting the shaft because gender equality does not make the list of USAID’s main concerns.