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On A Quiet Revolution: Veiling Trends from Colonial Egypt to the U.S. Post-9/11

Posted on 12 July 2011 by

A Quiet Revolution, by Leila Ahmed

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You Deserve It! Human Rights Or Bringing Down the Pet Industry

Posted on 08 April 2011 by

“You deserve it!” cheerfully claim one advertisement after another. You deserve an expensive pair of shoes! You’ve worked hard, therefore you owe yourself a little plastic surgery! As an idealist in this consumerist society, those claims have a unique ability to make my skin crawl.

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10 Articles Celebrating Women’s Equality Day

Posted on 26 August 2010 by

In celebration of Women’s Equality Day, here is a list of a handful of great articles that while commemorating the day, remembers past efforts of fearless suffragettes, and/or calls for a continued push for the aspects of equality that are yet to be realized. From accepting imprisonment to using maternal influence to fight for the vote, women in these articles pave the way and inspire one to carry the torch further down the road to equality. Happy Women’s Equality Day!

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No More Silence: Taking a Stand on Sexual Harassment

Posted on 20 July 2010 by

Jeers while walking down the street, liberties taken on a crowded bus, bosses who keep “dropping” things for their female employee to pick up (more on this later)–and this is the light stuff. Whether you’re in Cleveland or Cairo, women face these and many other forms of sexual harassment every day.

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Back to Reality

Posted on 04 May 2010 by

Yesterday I received a call from a woman living in the Washington, DC metro area. While at first she seemed a bit confused about what WLP does, then I quickly understood from her tone of voice and questions she was asking that she was under the impression that our Bethesda office was a shelter for women.

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We Can Change…

Posted on 26 February 2010 by

Finalist in WLP’s Youth Essay Contest Group 2: 18-25 Years
Karim A S, USA

While many of the inequalities women suffer in the developing world are obvious, some of the greatest inequities still occur in the Western world and in the United States in particular. Though women appear to have equal rights on paper in the United States these rights do not extend to the area of economics. Most Americans do not know that compared with men, women of similar education and work experience earn 78 cents to the dollar compared to what men receive for doing the same work.1 Furthermore, the inequality between male and female earning power is even greater if the female is a minority.

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We Can Change…

Posted on 19 February 2010 by

Finalist in WLP’s Youth Essay Contest Group 1: 14-18 Years
Lara H, USA

My grandmother once told me that God always grants a mother the first thing she wishes for her newborn, so when my mother was born, my grandmother wished for her to finish her education before she got married.

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Why Hasn’t the US Ratified CEDAW?

Posted on 18 December 2009 by

Why hasn’t the US ratified CEDAW?  Somehow I doubt it is for the company we keep in doing so (quite an unsavory mix).   When doing a bit of research on the issue, I came across a group called “Concerned Women for America”.  They cite many things, from legalization of prostitution to a ban on Mother’s Day as reason not to ratify CEDAW.  I even thought of an alternate title for this blog post: Concerned Man Concerned with Concerned Women for America.

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What Can I Do About CEDAW? Own the Language and Fight the Fight

Posted on 18 December 2009 by

Last month, I had the pleasure of speaking with a community group in Vienna, Virginia, about the work of our Partnership in support of women’s leadership and human rights.  This well-informed group shared their thoughts on topics including honor killings in Jordan, the connections between social norms of violence against women and child abuse, how our partners effectively engage men, and — a question with which I frequently struggle — how US-based organizations and women’s rights activists can play a role in advocating for full implementation of CEDAW (the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women) in other countries when we ourselves have yet to ratify it.

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