Category women’s rights

The Politics of Sexual Harassment and War

A culture that tolerates various forms of abusive and predatory behavior, whether it’s silence amid a culture of sexual harassment or blind patriotism toward dubiously justified wars, has lost its moral compass.

Tomgram: Mattea Kramer, When a Voice Tells You You’ll Never Be Enough

Decent [Trump] may not be, but he does give unambiguous voice to the (usually more subtle) ways in which women are judged for their looks and often dismissed as incompetent because of them.

Rebecca Solnit Tackles the Silencing That’s Quieted So Many Women

Solnit draws on an equation that has preoccupied women writers from Virginia Woolf to Audre Lorde: that silence is a form of marginalization.

Belén Fernández | Zumba-Thons and Other Non-Solutions to Violence Against Women

In continuing to violate nations and people at will, the U.S. could very well qualify as a pandemic in its own right.

Nazila Fathi: Until We Are Free

The 1979 Islamic Revolution stripped Ebadi of her judgeship after it banned women from holding the position, forcing her to stay home and raise her two daughters. A decade later, she opened a law firm and became vocal against the country’s laws that discriminate against women and others.

I Am the Beggar of the World: Poems by Afghan Women

Hakimi: The title of the book, which was taken from this last landay, is an epigraph of the lives of women indentured from birth by a patriarchal culture. The perils they face in their homeland, however, are not only inflicted by the men in their society, but also, as many landays show, by foreign military forces.

Ann Jones | Afghanistan “After” the American War: Once More Down the Rabbit Hole

Tomgram: Ann Jones, The Never-Ending War. Jones has been remarkably, consistently, undeniably ahead of the curve on the conflict, a reality reflected in her revelatory look at the deeply personal costs of America’s second Afghan War in her now-classic book, “They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America’s Wars — The Untold Story.” Tom Engelhardt

Chris Hedges | Prostitution: Being Raped for a Living

Activist Rachel Moran talks about her new book “Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution.”

Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries!

For example: We may be familiar with Nellie Bly as a muckraking journalist, but unaware that she beat Phileas Fogg’s fictional record of going around the world in 80 days.

VIDEO: Mnar Muhawesh | Former CIA Agent John Kiriakou Takes Us Inside The Saudi Terror Factory

Saudi Arabia, a key U.S. ally, is supporting many of the same terror groups the United States claims to be fighting in its so-called “war on terror.” By Mnar Muhawesh  Mint Press News  September 23, 2015    U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, left, meets with Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, right, at Al-Salam […]

Lee Fang: Civil Rights Group Backed by Telecom Industry Seeks to Block Net Neutrality, Instantly Contradicts Itself

From the article: MMTC has gone to bat for other major media companies, arguing in 2011 that minority communities would benefit from the Comcast-NBC Universal merger. After urging support for the deal, MMTC received at least $350,000 from Comcast.

The FBI Built a Database That Can Catch Rapists, But Almost Nobody Uses It

Miller: What’s striking about ViCAP today: the paucity of information it contains. Only about 1,400 police agencies in the U.S., out of roughly 18,000, participate in the system. The database receives reports from far less than 1 percent of the violent crimes committed annually.

Hilary Klein: Women Are at the Forefront of the Zapatista Revolution

Klein: From the civil rights movement in the United States to the Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua, from the campaign against apartheid in South Africa to the Arab Spring uprisings in the Middle East, women have fought side by side with men for their people’s freedom. Women have been important actors and made invaluable contributions to grassroots social movements and national liberation struggles all over the world.

Samer Muscati: South Sudan’s War on Women

From the article: “If you run they will kill you, so you just close your eyes so you don’t see the rapes.”

Women Under Siege: The missing women of the Mediterranean refugee crisis

From the article: For hundreds of thousands of women and girls envisioning a better, less violent life, the future is about as clear as a dark body of water lapping at the edge of a splintering wooden boat. Now that these women and girls have already made the treacherous crossing of the Mediterranean, it remains to be seen whether the land on which they have arrived—the land on which they have staked everything—will support them.

Starhawk: Fifty Shades of Racism 

Racism is structural, not just personal.  It’s embedded in the very fabric of our society, with deep roots in history.  Prejudice is Darren Wilson shooting Mike Brown in Ferguson and leaving him on the sidewalk to die. Racism is that he gets away with it, unindicted. By Starhawk  Starhawk.org  July 14, 2015 The Inuit, I’ve heard, […]

Al Jazeera: The girls of the Lord’s Resistance Army

“Pain at sunrise, regrets at sunset – dawn or dusk, life isn’t fair anymore.”

Tomgram: Ann Jones, Citizen’s Revolt in Afghanistan

Jones: Afghan and foreign commentators who sought to explain the public outcry that followed her death often claimed that a nation already traumatized and deeply depressed by never-ending wars had been retraumatized by the crime. But trauma commonly shuts down the sufferer, numbing the emotions and blunting the compassion that binds us to others. The murder of Farkhunda did just the opposite. People said it cut them like a knife. It made them feel again. Men described their hearts as “bleeding.” Women spoke of being “emptied” of tears. They wept for Farkhunda — and for themselves.

Claire Goldstene: The War on (Poor) Women

Goldstene: A signal achievement of Second Wave Feminism was the extension to poorer women of greater access to a full range of healthcare, frequently with the assistance of federal and state financial support. Across the country, women’s health centers have met a critical need for low-income patients in the arena of reproductive health. But as in so many other areas of social policy in recent years, dwindling political support for public programs is felt most acutely by those most in need.