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 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
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
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
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
May 09, 2018 Setting a groundbreaking precedent, this year’s G7 Summit in Ottawa, Canada was accompanied by the first-ever feminist summit, a side meeting known as the W7.
Comprised of Oxfam Canada, Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, the Canadian Women’s Foundation, Canada Without Poverty, Nobel Women’s Initiative, the MATCH International Women’s Fund, and Inter Pares, the feminist coalition is... Read more