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What Sex Means for World Peace

What Sex Means for World Peace

In the academic field of security studies, realpolitik dominates. Those who adhere to this worldview are committed to accepting empirical evidence when it is placed before their eyes, to see the world as it “really” is and not as it ideally should be. As Walter Lippmann wrote, “We must not substitute for the world as […]

The case of the disabled professor imprisoned in India

The case of the disabled professor imprisoned in India

New Delhi, India – It was January 2 and the residue of  the new year celebrations still hung in the New Delhi air. But for a group of students, academics and activists converging on the streets of the capital, the mood was anything but celebratory. The anger at this rally in solidarity with GN Saibaba, a wheelchair-bound […]

Domestic Help Gets Fixed Minimum Wages And Working Hours

Domestic Help Gets Fixed Minimum Wages And Working Hours

In a first such initiative, the government of Rajasthan has enforced fixed minimum wages for domestic help and has set limited working hours. The move comes after the state labour department’s notification dated December 21, 2015, which had mentioned the implementation of labour reforms in the unorganised sector. “Domestic workers were included in Scheduled 27 […]

Kenya Leads Globally on Ending FGM, But Challenges Persist

Kenya Leads Globally on Ending FGM, But Challenges Persist

Kenya is about to mark the international day of zero tolerance for female genital mutilation (FGM), at a time when the country has taken many steps forward. However, while overall rates of FGM in Kenya are declining, the prevalence of medicalization of FGM is increasing. According to the Kenyan Demographic and Health Survey (KDHS) 2014, […]

2 former child brides just took their country to court — and won.

2 former child brides just took their country to court — and won.

In Zimbabwe, a country where an estimated 31% of all girls are forced into marriage by the time they turn 18, something unprecedented just happened. Two former child brides led a successful campaign to get child marriage banned. Loveness Mudzuru and Ruvimbo Tsopodzi, who are just teenagers themselves, called on the Constitutional Court of Zimbabwe […]

5 Kashmiri women who won’t let you forget Kunan-Poshpora mass rape

5 Kashmiri women who won’t let you forget Kunan-Poshpora mass rape

SRINAGAR: Five young Kashmiri women have worked relentlessly for three years to comprehensively document one of the worst crimes against humanity committed by the Indian armed forces in the Valley: the mass rape of more than 30 women in Kunan-Poshpora villages of Kupwara in 1991. The fruit of their labour, ‘Do You Remember Kunan-Poshpora’, was […]

Her Father Shot Her in the Head, as an ‘Honor Killing’

Her Father Shot Her in the Head, as an ‘Honor Killing’

WHETHER it wins or not, the Oscar nominee with the greatest impact — saving lives of perhaps thousands of girls — may be one you’ve never heard of. It stars not Leonardo DiCaprio but a real-life 19-year-old Pakistani woman named Saba Qaiser. Her odyssey began when she fell in love against her family’s wishes and […]

How to Respond to Someone Who Has Been Sexually Assaulted

How to Respond to Someone Who Has Been Sexually Assaulted

  One woman was molested at age eight. The second was 15 years old when four men blindfolded and raped her. And the third faced sexual assault twice, once as a child and the second time as an adult. Shame and fear kept all three of them silent for years before telling anyone about their […]

Cricket Team Of Maasai Warriors Goes To Bat For Women’s Rights

Cricket Team Of Maasai Warriors Goes To Bat For Women’s Rights

A group of young Maasai warriors in Kenya grew up hunting, but traded in their spears for something unexpected: cricket bats. Since they first learned cricket in 2007, the Maasai Cricket Warriors have become a semi-professional team and traveled all the way to London for a cricket championship. But their biggest challenge has not been on […]

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