Talking About FGM: How a Novel Made Me Braver

Nov 20, 2020

For an entire year before my novel’s publication date, I braced myself. I’ve never felt this way about a new novel’s birth. But “Seven” — about Sharifa, a 40-year-old woman who returns to India on a marriage-saving trip to research a revered ancestor — was different. Folded into...

Mexico’s Cuts to Services Put Women at Risk
Nov 16, 2020

Mexico’s Cuts to Services Put Women at Risk

Why Does God Allow Miscarriage?
Nov 13, 2020

Why Does God Allow Miscarriage?

Has Johnny Depp Lost His Mind?
Nov 03, 2020

Has Johnny Depp Lost His Mind?

Femicide Continues to Plague Mexico

Femicide Continues to Plague Mexico

Oct 19, 2020

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) won the 2018 election on a campaign of combating the underlying causes of the social ailments impacting Mexican society. He vowed to fight violence and narcotics trafficking by eliminating its root cause, poverty. His plan was summarized by his tagline,...

Not Even a Pandemic Can Halt the War on Women’s Rights

Not Even a Pandemic Can Halt the War on Women’s Rights

Oct 15, 2020

In 1994, the United Nations coordinated the first International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), which resulted in the Programme of Action that formally recognized the right to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights (SRHR), including the right to safe abortion...

Do Romance Novels Offer an Outdated Model of Feminism?

Do Romance Novels Offer an Outdated Model of Feminism?

Oct 10, 2020

I am one among a relatively small number of men who for some time have been fascinated by romance novels. As is well known, romance novels are among the most popular genres in contemporary literature. The field represents a vast market, likely to have substantially grown over the past several...

No Place for Naivety in Afghan Peace Talks

No Place for Naivety in Afghan Peace Talks

Oct 01, 2020

In recent years, there has been widespread talk in the media about how much the Taliban has changed. First, it has been argued that the Taliban’s ideological view has been adjusted, which created the impression that the armed group no longer has a problem with human rights or gender equality....

The Time to End Sex Discrimination

The Time to End Sex Discrimination

Sep 30, 2020

In human rights circles, there are few more important events than the annual opening of the new session of the United Nations General Assembly. Critically, the high-profile event brings together governments, UN agencies and civil society actors, fostering cross-sector collaboration and providing...

America’s War on Abortion

America’s War on Abortion

Sep 23, 2020

Despite the World Health Organization (WHO) releasing a statement earlier this year articulating that, “services related to reproductive health are considered to be part of essential services during the COVID-19 outbreak,” legislators in some US states have been making relentless efforts to...

Shamima Begum: The Sensitive Case of IS Returnees

Shamima Begum: The Sensitive Case of IS Returnees

Aug 10, 2020

Born in the UK to Bangladeshi parents, Shamima Begum left London as a 15-year-old in 2015. Using her British passport, she traveled to Turkey with two of her friends from school. From there, Begum and her friends crossed into Syria, where they met their Islamic State (IS) contacts. While in Syria,...

It’s Time to Ban Fair & Lovely

It’s Time to Ban Fair & Lovely

Jul 15, 2020

Black Lives Matter protests across the world have brought to light the pernicious influences of systemic racism, from police brutality and racial profiling to more subtle forms of discrimination in popular culture. Not only were anti-black, racist attitudes in India called out, but also the...

Global Pandemic Exposes Gender Inequality

Global Pandemic Exposes Gender Inequality

Jul 13, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic lays bare a global crisis of gender inequality. While women have achieved considerable success in their fight for equality, they continue to face violence, discrimination and exclusion globally. Women are now disproportionately bearing the costs of the pandemic, surfacing...

How Will COVID-19 Shape Our Society?

How Will COVID-19 Shape Our Society?

Jun 26, 2020

Editor’s Note: These are unprecedented times. A global pandemic has changed life as we know it. In recent months, Fair Observer has examined the crisis through political, economic and social lenses, publishing articles from around the world. The result is three 360° series that we urge you to...

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