The Sudan Massacre: Patterns of Oversight in the Media

The situation in Sudan This week was marred by reports of a gruesome massacre occurring in Sudan. According to these reports, civilians engaged in peaceful protest against a military government have become victims of Sudanese militia. More specifically, hundreds of people have died at the hands of armed forces, while at least 70 rape caseshave been reported.  It goes without saying …

#SayftyChat: Building the Women’s Internet

This week (June 10, 2019) on our Twitter chat, #SayftyChat, we discussed “Building the Women’s Internet” with SHEROES. This week’s chat was focused on how to ensure online spaces are safe for women, and the different ways men and women use the internet. We had participants join the chat from Nairobi, India, US, Canada, UK, Columbia, and South Africa. Questions …

Women and the Peace Process

Bearing in mind that wednesday the 29th of May marked the International day of United Nations PeaceKeepers, this week presents an opportune time to examine and celebrate the role of women in peace processeses. Women in Peacekeeping First and foremost, women in peacekeeping play a unique role that deserves acknowledgement. More specifically, women in combat play a significant role in …

To Understand Alabama’s Abortion Law, Look To Romania

Opinion: Access to abortion begins with women in power Governor Kay Ivey (R) of Alabama State last week passed the most stringent abortion law in the nation, making performing abortion (unless necessary for the mother’s health) a felony in nearly all cases with no exception for cases of rape or incent. Anyone performing abortion could be punished with up to …

Women in Conflict: Untold Narratives in the Media

The Discipline of International Affairs has made significant attempts to acknowledge the unique ways that conflict affects women. This is most evident from the many international laws and resolutions that seek to acknowledge women’s positions in war. UN Security Council Resolutions 2122 and 1325 are further illustrations of this.   Representation of women in conflict in the media Mainstream media, …

#SayftyChat: Workplace Anxiety

#SayftyChat is our weekly Twitter chat that explores topics related to women’s safety and preventing violence against women (#VAW). This week (May 24, 2019) on our Twitter chat, #SayftyChat, we discussed “Workplace Anxiety” with Girls Globe. This week’s chat was focused on what causes anxiety, how it manifests in the workplace, and the different ways men and women experience job stress. We …

Mental Illness and Violence Against Women

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It is no secret that women are the primary victims of sexual and physical assault. Recent conversations on gender based violence have been centred around holding men accountable. Meanwhile, there has been insufficient dialogue about the effects of this violence on women . In particular, the link between gender based violence and mental health remains overlooked. Domestic Violence Against Women …

#Sayftychat: The Roles & Challenges of Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRD)

#Sayftychat is our weekly Twitter chat that explores topics related to women’s safety and preventing violence against women (#VAW). This week (May 13, 2019) on our Twitter chat, #SayftyChat, we discussed “Women Human Rights Defenders” (WHRD). This week’s chat was focused on the roles that Women Human Rights Defenders play in fighting for gender equality and the challenges that they face. We …

Erasure of Black Women in the Fourth Feminist Wave

The Fourth Feminist Wave The fourth wave of feminism marks a period where feminists have maximized online platforms to advocate for women’s rights. In particular, social media websites have become safe spaces for activists to express their discontentment with the patriarchy. Emergence of #metoo The #metoo movement remains one of the most profound illustrations of fourth wave feminism. Tarana Burke …

#SayftyChat: Mental Health

#Sayftychat is our weekly Twitter chat that explores topics related to women’s safety and preventing violence against women (#VAW). This week (May 6, 2019) on our Twitter chat, #sayftychat, we discussed ‘Mental Health’. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and this week’s chat was focussed on the importance of raising awareness of Mental Health issues. We had participants join the chat from …