Erin Belitskus

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In addition to writing about human rights, Erin is a policy wonk for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Romania and then relocated to Boston to work in international development and academia. Erin can usually be found volunteering extensively for youth organizations in the greater Boston area. Erin holds a B.A. from Green Mountain College, and an MScEcon in terrorism and international relations from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. She is a 2012 New Leaders Council fellow. You can find Erin on Twitter @ErinBelitskus

Recent blog posts written by Erin Belitskus

Let’s Hear it for the Girls!

The first International Day of the Girl has come and gone and I’m very excited that international agencies, non-governmental organizations, governments, and community leaders are yelling from the rooftops that girls can and are changing the world. As a former girl myself, I totally agree! There’s an old saying ‘when you educate a girl, you educate […]

Final Call: Deadlines for Voter Registration Coming Up Fast

Are you registered to vote in November? Are your friends and family? Do you know where your polling place is?  With just over 40 days till Election Day 2012, the deadlines for voter registration and absentee ballots are fast approaching. It’s even more important this year to be properly registered and, unfortunately, depending on the state, […]

Accurate and Comprehensive Sexual Education is Our Right

There are a few lessons we can take away from Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-MO) recent outrageous remarks, the first being that you can lack total empathy and be mind-numbingly dense, yet still somehow be an elected official crafting legislation in Congress in 2012.  Another is that many Americans truly don’t understand how and where babies […]

It Worked! Candy Crowley is a Moderator. What’s Next?

Add my big congratulations to New Jersey teens Sammi Siegel, Elena Tsemeris, and Emma Axelrod for having the chutzpah to question their elders at the Commission on Presidential Debates and educate the American public while they were at it. The young women asked why had it been 20 years since the last women moderated a […]

Pregnant in Fracking Country?

It’s been a difficult year to be an American woman. Everyone who has never met you seems to have an opinion on how you should live your life. Never does this scrutiny exist more than when a woman is pregnant. From what I’ve noticed, pregnancy ups the invasive questioning ten fold. I’ve never been pregnant, but […]

Where Are The Women On Women’s Issues?

“The first step to success for women and girls is to learn how to interrupt. In the classroom or workplace, a woman who is afraid to interrupt may never be heard, and only by being heard can we make a difference.” –Madeline Albright Last month the research group 4th Estate, which monitors campaign coverage, released […]

She’s Earned It: Entitlements for Stay-at-Home Moms

I don’t agree with Mitt Romney often, but his words to his wife Ann ring true. He told her years ago, checking in from the office while she was raising their children at home. “Ann, your job is more important than mine.”  And he’s right. Raising children and keeping a household is very important for […]