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The World's Women in 2014-15: Knowing the Facts and Acknowledging the Gaps

The World’s Women in 2014-15: Knowing the Facts and Acknowledging the Gaps

Time magazine posted an article online in December of 2014 entitled ‘This may have been the best year for women since the dawn of time’. It has received many different responses, but Huffington Post retorted with a particularly astute notion, ‘2014 was a bad year for women, but a good one for feminism’.  Although both...
Female Genital Mutilation in Egypt: Negligible Tradition or Mass Rights Violation?

Female Genital Mutilation in Egypt: Negligible Tradition or Mass Rights Violation?

One day in June of 2013, a 13 year old Egyptian girl named Suhair al Bataa, nicknamed Soo-Soo, was led into a private clinic in the home of the local doctor, Raslan Fadl Halawa. In Suhair’s rural farming town, outside of Mansoura, ‘beneath the lush green landscape lies a bedrock of faith and tradition.’[1] In...
Je ne suis pas Charlie?

Je ne suis pas Charlie?

There is little doubt that solidarity in favour of free speech is positive. The Je suis Charlie movement is a current example of how people can stand together and allow their voice to be heard nonviolently. When juxtaposed with the mindless massacre it is reacting to, there seems to be little room for criticism. Yet,...
Will Yemeni Young Girls be Protected from Child Marriages?

Will Yemeni Young Girls be Protected from Child Marriages?

Yemen is the poorest country in the Middle East in terms of GDP per capita and its population suffers from the social control that often accompanies socio-economic destitution.1 With the GDP per capita at $2,500, it equals less than half of the next poorest Middle Eastern country’s GDP per capita, Syria with $5,100.2 Numbers like...