Women's Rights

Violence and Gender: The Other Side of Pakistan’s Urban Unrest

Much of the international focus on violence in Pakistan’s cities tends to revolve around terrorism perpetrated by Islamist extremist groups. In reality, a variety of other major factors drive violence in urban Pakistan as well—including issues associated with water access, waste disposal, transport, and drugs and alcohol. In these cases, gender considerations play a key role.

MENA Women Quarterly Report (October-December 2015)

Feature: The Life and Work of Fatema Mernissi

How Many Women Will Iran Allow to Run for Office?

An unusually large number of women have organized and registered to run in Iran’s February elections. The record turnout among would-be candidates for parliament and the Assembly of Experts, a body that selects the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader, is causing unease among the conservative clerical hierarchy. The question for now is whether a significant number of women will be allowed to compete.

Saudi Women Made History–But Still Have a Long Way to Go

A taboo was broken in Saudi Arabia this weekend when women voted for the first timeAt least 17 women were elected in Saturday’s municipal council elections, a state-run news site reported Sunday.

What Women Want, What Women Need: Challenges and Opportunities for Female Leaders and Executives in East Asia

According to World Economic Forum’s latest global gender gap index, East Asian countries still have a long way to go not just until women reach parity with men, but moving up the gender equality ladder itself. According to the latest report, China came in 91st place, while Japan ranked 101 out of 145 countries surveyed, and South Korea was in 115th place.

“Women, Business, and the Law: Getting to Equal”

Photos of the event.

The World Bank Group report series Women, Business, and the Law measures legal and regulatory barriers to female employment and entrepreneurship in seven key areas of economic opportunity. For the fourth edition of this report, data from 173 economies was collected to show how local laws, regulations, and institutions have contributed to gender-based inequalities and employment imbalances.

Women on the Run: The Looming Refugee Crisis

A new UNHCR report, “Women on the Run,” provides first-hand accounts of women from the Northern Triangle region (El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras) who are seeking asylum in the US as part of a looming refugee crisis. Their struggles are part of a larger story effecting hundreds of thousands more. The need for a regional response to the growing problem provides the focus for this edition of REWIND.

Equal Opportunity Terrorism

On September 29, the State Department added British citizen Sally Jones to its list of foreign terrorists. Jones is a 46-year-old punk rocker who converted to Islam and moved from Kent to Raqqa to join the Islamic State in 2013. She is also newly widowed, having lost her 21-year-old husband, ISIS hacker Junaid Hussain, in an American airstrike targeting him a few weeks ago. “Mr. and Mrs. Terror,” as Hussain and Jones came to be known, were active on social media to extend the Islamic State’s reach in the West.

Worker-Mothers on the Margins of Europe: Gender and Migration between Moldova and Istanbul

Worker-Mothers on the Margins of Europe explores the world of undocumented migrants from a postsocialist state, following Moldovan women who “commute” for six to twelve months at a time to work as domestics in Istanbul. Leyla J. Keough examines the gendered moral economies that shape the perspectives of the migrants—Turkic-speaking Christians of Gagauz ethnicity—their employers in Turkey, their communities in Moldova, and the International Organization for Migration.

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