Monica Weller

Monica Weller is a policy research fellow for the Reischauer Center of East Asian Studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS, where she analyzes political trends in Northeast Asia. Previously, she conducted a Fulbright in Mongolia. Weller graduated with honors from Knox College with a BA in International Relations and minors in Japanese and Gender & Women’s Studies. Her research interests include democracy studies, LGBTQ issues and women’s rights.

Why Texas’ Abortion Law Matters

It has not yet been 50 years since women were able to open a bank account without a male cosigner or since Roe v. Wade was passed in 1973 ensuring women the right to safe and legal abortion. However, by refusing to halt the implementation of Texas’s anti-abortion law, Senate Bill 8, the US Supreme Court has failed to protect the rights and bodily autonomy of all pregnant persons in... Continue Reading

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Addressing the Fragile Limits of Female Autonomy

On October 22, 2020, the United States co-sponsored a Geneva Consensus Declaration on Promoting Women’s Health and Strengthening the Family. However, despite its name, this declaration states that “in no case should abortion be promoted as a method of family planning.” While it doesn’t legally impact access to abortion in the United States, it bars foreign aid organizations from using US... Continue Reading

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Around the World, Femicide Is on the Rise

The remains of Pinar Gültekin were found in the woodlands in Turkey’s Mugla province on July 21. The 27-year-old economics student was strangled to death in a fit of rage by her ex-boyfriend, who then burned her body. One of many tragic and preventable deaths, Gültekin’s murder sparked protests against femicide in Turkey and reached millions through social media campaigns. However, despite... Continue Reading

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America Can’t Afford to Sideline Domestic Abuse

As the United States is engulfed in a pandemic of unmatched proportions, the country has seen increased levels of domestic violence. This is not a conditional issue but instead presents a series of long-standing, negative impacts on victims of domestic violence, particularly women and children. In order to better address the threat of domestic violence, the US government needs to pass more... Continue Reading

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