Battle of the Sexes: A Look at the Women's Rights Movement in Bulgaria

Battle of the Sexes: A Look at the Women's Rights Movement in Bulgaria

By: Kelly R. McClintock

Bulgaria, an Eastern European country formerly a part of the Soviet Bloc, did not criminalize domestic violence until 2005.[1] The lack of such basic protection for women symbolized the country’s tolerance, indifference, and even promotion of degradation of women. However, grassroots organizations working with regional and international partners in Bulgaria have made significant strides for women’s rights since 2005. 

Read More

Saudi Girls Just Want to Have Fun: Female Participation in Sports in Saudi Arabia 

Saudi Girls Just Want to Have Fun: Female Participation in Sports in Saudi Arabia 

By : Kathryn Bristor.

While the Olympics are a time of global celebration, for women in Saudi Arabia it is also a painful reminder of the lack of opportunities they have to compete in sports.  Though the country is taking small steps towards female inclusion in sports, the movement is anything but expedited.  Although a handful of women have competed on the Saudi Olympic team, the question remains whether this has furthered women’s rights back home or if their participation is merely a show to appease international human rights concerns. 

Image credit: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wojdan_Shaherkani.jpg

Read More

Women in Saudi Arabia Granted the Right to Drive: A Step Away from Male Guardianship Laws?

Women in Saudi Arabia Granted the Right to Drive: A Step Away from Male Guardianship Laws?

By: Inessa Wurscher.

Since 1990, women in Saudi Arabia have been prohibited by royal decree from driving. This decree has been a point of contention within Saudi Arabia as well as in the international community. Now, a recent royal decree has overturned this law and will allow Saudi women to drive in June of 2018. While this legal change may be enough to open the way for changes in the male guardianship system, it is not yet enough for Saudi Arabia to be in compliance with their obligations under the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. 

Image credit: New York Times, available at https://static01.nyt.com/images/2017/09/27/world/saudi-drive/saudi-drive-master768.jpg

Read More

The Effective Criminalization of Female Genital Mutilation in South Africa

The Effective Criminalization of Female Genital Mutilation in South Africa

By: Sophie Goodman.

Over 140 million girls and women are affected by Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Many countries have taken steps to enact laws and regulations to curb the cultural and societal expectations to undergo FGM. South Africa effectively criminalized FGM and continues to educate society on the complications and human rights implications of FGM.

Image credit: Sophie Goodman.

Read More

The Fight for "Las 17"

The Fight for "Las 17"

By: Monica Macias.

El Salvador has some of the world's most draconian abortion laws. In 1998, abortion was outlawed in El Salvador. The crime carries a prison sentence of up to eight years, but when it is treated as homicide, women are sentenced up to four decades in jail.The tough on crime law enforcement approach has even spilled over to instances where an abortion is inferred cases where a miscarriage occurred. 

Read More

The U.S. Should Follow Iceland’s Example: Iceland Throws The First Stone At The Glass Ceiling

The U.S. Should Follow Iceland’s Example: Iceland Throws The First Stone At  The Glass Ceiling

By: Hannah Bloom.

The glass ceiling. What is this mysterious yet familiar term? You may have heard of it before, but not known what it actually meant. The glass ceiling. What is this mysterious yet familiar term? Workplace pay is one area that the glass ceiling applies to and Iceland is attempting to tear it down.

Read More

Transforming the United Nations for Gender Equality

Transforming the United Nations for Gender Equality

By: Brent Lockwood  

As a central international governing body, the United Nations’ leadership is necessary to successfully combat global gender inequality and violence against women. Despite continued efforts to protect the rights of women and promote equality, women continue to face economic, social, and political inequality as well as high rates of physical and sexual violence. Changes need to be made.

Read More

“A Stiller Doom”: How an Interest Convergence Approach to Girls’ Education Perpetuates Stereotypes & Contradicts International Human Rights’ Standards

“A Stiller Doom”: How an Interest Convergence Approach to Girls’ Education Perpetuates Stereotypes & Contradicts International Human Rights’ Standards

By: Chantelle Dial

Despite how dramatically traditions and roles may have changed over the years, the current U.S. approach to why women at home and abroad should be educated often perpetuates harmful stereotypes under the guise of progress.

Read More