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    Understanding the Adverse Effects of Stereotypes on Sexual Minorities in International Refugee Law Frameworks

Understanding the Adverse Effects of Stereotypes on Sexual Minorities in International Refugee Law Frameworks

by Shubham Tiwary

Despite the gradual acceptance and recognition of rights of sexual minorities, more than 68 countries still criminalize consensual same-sex sexual acts, with severity of punishment in these countries going as extreme as the death penalty.  However, state-sanctioned homophobia is not the only form of hostility. It can also be observed in the form of a state’s tolerance and/or […]

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    Gender and disability in informal settlements during COVID-19: What we have learnt so far

Gender and disability in informal settlements during COVID-19: What we have learnt so far

by Ignacia Ossul-Vermehren

Image credit: author, Dworzark informal settlement, Freetown, Sierra Leone.

How are women, in particular disabled women, affected by COVID-19 in informal settlements in the global South? Although there is a range of information emerging (in addition to what we can extrapolate from previous health crises), in reality it is difficult to know, at this stage, the extent to […]

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    An analysis of conversion therapy in India: The need to outlaw and the allied socio-cultural concerns

An analysis of conversion therapy in India: The need to outlaw and the allied socio-cultural concerns

by Winy Daigavane and Anubhav Das

The conduct towards the LGBT community in India has not been very progressive even after homosexuality was decriminalized. To add salt to their wounds, a recent incident highlights the atrocities faced by them. A 21-year-old student, Anjana Hareesh, committed suicide. While the exact reason behind her death is unknown, it is alleged that there is […]

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    Welfarist Dilemma? The Politics of Gender in West Bengal’s Cash Transfer Schemes

Welfarist Dilemma? The Politics of Gender in West Bengal’s Cash Transfer Schemes

by Proma Ray Chaudhury

Notwithstanding criticisms, Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) schemes as a means of poverty alleviation and social justice in countries with higher levels of socio-economic inequality have seen substantial surge in popularity in the recent decades. While being appreciated as instrumental in making women economically independent precisely as many of them are direct recipients of cash benefits, and in […]

February 13th, 2020|Development, Featured|0 Comments|
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    The Dilemma of Beating a Dead Horse in Women’s Empowerment Interventions in Yemen

The Dilemma of Beating a Dead Horse in Women’s Empowerment Interventions in Yemen

by Ghaidaa Motahar

There is a consensus that war and conflict bring pain and despair, and simultaneously solicit destructive social change. In Yemen’s conflict, where men are giving up their traditional role as the breadwinner to fight on different frontlines in the current conflict, women are taking over this responsibility alongside their traditional role as caregivers. The dual responsibility of […]

November 14th, 2019|Development, Featured|0 Comments|
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    Rural women, financial inclusion and community investment funds in Pakistan: A successful pathway to sustainable development?

Rural women, financial inclusion and community investment funds in Pakistan: A successful pathway to sustainable development?

by Asmat Kakar

Patriarchy and sociocultural constraints, chronic poverty, limited access to financial institutions and lack of financial control means women in Pakistan face a litany of injustices. However, women in Pakistan can be empowered via financial inclusion and projects such as those in Sindh province with the National Rural Support Programme of Community Investment Funds can help. Development from below, […]

November 4th, 2019|Development, Featured|0 Comments|

Survival Sex and Humanitarian Agencies

by Ghaida Motahar 

Good intentions do not justify the bad deeds. Oxfam is an international confederation working on poverty alleviation in 90 countries across the globe. The organization is known for its efforts in raising gender inequality issues, and taking pride in claiming of putting women in the heart of what they do. Sexual harassment and abuse as a gendered form of violence […]

Why repealing the tampon tax is not enough

 

 

Many women in poverty still can’t buy pads or tampon

In the last couple of years, countries from Canada to the UK have made headlines for abolishing the tampon tax. But for many low-income women – whether in Western metropolises or sub-Saharan Africa – savings of several cents do not tackle the real problem: these products can be unaffordable altogether.

Almost two-thirds […]

New Handbook on Gender and the Military

By Claire Duncanson and Rachel Woodward

 

Gender issues in the military have hit the headlines this summer. Whether it’s the celebrations of one hundred years of women in the British military, President Trump’s ban on transgender personnel serving in the US military, or the ‘cultural wars’ – or lack thereof – over the absence of diversity in the big movie […]

Mothers, bombs, and a whole lot of gender clichés

After the US dropped one of the biggest explosives ever used in Afghanistan earlier this year, critics objected to the use of the name ‘mother of all bombs.’ In this blog post, Jennifer Philippa Eggert analyses the gendered assumptions underlying the criticisms of the bomb’s name, before critically discussing the roles of mothers in violent political movements and counterextremism […]

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