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Transformative Approach to Gender Mainstreaming in Refugee Camps Needed

June 25, 2018
World Refugee Day has come and gone, but the need for transformative gender mainstreaming within refugee policies remains. Currently, there are 68.5 million[1] people across the globe who have been uprooted from their homes due to conflict or persecution. People’s lives and their social fabrics have been left in tatters and new unfamiliar living environments affect the social roles and... Read more
Flipping narrative on women as victims

Flipping the Narrative: What’s Right with Women

June 11, 2018
In March 2018, Insider released a list of the ten worst countries in the world for women. It was not the first time a list had been produced pointing out what is going wrong for women. These lists are morbid and captivating. They instill their readers with a deep sense of injustice—one that they inherently want to do something about. However, what they don’t provide are potential solutions or a... Read more
JFK signing the Equal Pay Act

Fifty-Five Year Recap: The US Equal Pay Act

June 07, 2018
This year marks the 55th anniversary of the US Equal Pay Act (EPA), a landmark piece of legislation signed by President John F. Kennedy that was a first attempt at guaranteeing women and men receive equal compensation for equal work.  In the United States, this battle is still ongoing.  As recently as 2016, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research found that women in the US made only... Read more
iraqi woman holds her voter registration card

As More Women Run for Office in Iraq, Are Gender Quotas Producing their Expected Result?

June 04, 2018
This year’s election in Iraq saw a surge of new female candidates who ran their campaigns in a nontraditional way.  Women appeared on campaign posters wearing makeup and no headscarves.  Many were outraged by the images, even going so far as to tear them down or deface them.  Others were more enthusiastic about the break from tradition and were more willing to vote for young,... Read more
Liberian police force includes women

Why More Women? The Efficacy of Incorporating Women in Local Police Forces

May 21, 2018
If the protection of women and girls is a pillar of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) movement, then we need female police officers to hold that pillar up. There are two key reasons for this. First, women exhibit stronger skills in de-escalation. Statistically, female officers are less likely to become aggressive during a confrontation or to fire their weapons while on duty. Their presence in... Read more