Survival Sex: A Violent, Dangerous Game

November 21, 2016

At the fringes of the sex industry in the north of England, men and women are selling sex to survive. Any local pizza parlor, on any given day. Bright lights, cheap plastic, the smell of frying grease. Men hanging around the cramped tables, coddling beer bottles, chatting. The owner lets a woman...

Empowering the Invisible Half

August 09, 2015

Worldwide, existing gender imbalances in parliamentary representation stymie growth and development. Although universal equality is a cornerstone of all democratic societies, it is a norm followed more in the breach than custom. Women have been historically discriminated against and marginalized...

India’s Daughter: New Delhi’s Fraught Relationship With the BBC

March 06, 2015

India's government has always been highly sensitive to the way its country is depicted in British media. India’s Daughter, a documentary about the gang rape and murder of a young woman in Delhi, is a truly shocking piece of television. With its interviews with rapists, policemen and others,...

We Don’t Actually Care About the Effects of War

November 13, 2014

For many veterans, starting a conversation about the struggles they face is a difficult first step. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) report released last year, as many as 22 veterans commit suicide every day in the United States. This is almost one death an hour. The...

Gang Rapes and Political Imagination in India

June 01, 2014

Sexual violence in India has a political dimension and a close watch must be kept on village councils. On January 26, 2014, Indians celebrated their 64th Republic Day, marking the adoption of India’s constitution in 1950. In schools across the nation, principals unfurled the national...

Violence Against Women in India

February 11, 2014

In Delhi, it is estimated that four rapes occur every day.  In January 2012, I had traveled to Delhi, India to document cases of dowry abuse. Just a month earlier, in December 2012, the brutal gang rape and murder of a young college student by six...

Abortion: A Zero Sum Game?

December 18, 2013

Michigan's "Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act" discriminates against trauma survivors. Ever one of the most controversial political topics, abortion has held a strong byline in US media since the passage of Roe v. Wade in 1973. This time, Michigan is taking the lead in establishing...

Abuse of the Feminine: Honoring Women

June 08, 2013

In the 19th century, the moral challenge was slavery. In the 20th century, it was totalitarianism. In the 21st century, let’s make it gender equality. As part of Fair Observer's 360° series, The Middle East: Fighting for Women's Rights, Sara El-Yafi reflects on the plight of women...

Egypt: War on Women

June 04, 2013

Attacks against women in Egypt are part of a new pattern of organized violence. On the first day of the feast after Ramadan in November 2006, the shocking and disturbing public assault and sexual molestation of women on Egyptian street by tens (some say hundreds) of youth marked a turning...

India’s Anti Rape Agenda – Déjà Vu

April 14, 2013

The recent public outcry against the treatment of women in India is a song we’ve heard too many times before. Karl Marx once famously said that history repeats itself “first as tragedy, then as farce”. The gang-rape atrocity of a 23-year old woman in Delhi on 16 December 2012 for the most...

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