Neha Shah

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Nothing Virtual About Cyber Harassment

It was 2007, and I was at a loud party with friends. My phone had been ringing incessantly and they were all numbers I didn’t recognize so at first I chose to ignore the calls. Finally, about seven calls later, I decided to figure out what was going on and answered my phone. A male […]

Race, Class, Gender and Economics – A Discussion about the Indian Commercial Surrogacy Boom

A country of over a billion, India isn’t a stranger to the baby-boom. Over the last few years, this fertility has been captured into a new business – known as commercial surrogacy or “wombs for rent”. Commercial surrogacy is legal in India as of 2002. Combine that with India’s relatively affordable and high standard of […]

The “Problem” of Too Many Women: Iranian Universities’ Female Student Ban

Last month, 36 Iranian universities shocked education and women’s advocates around the world by announcing that 77 college programs, which were previously open to both men and women, will no longer accept female students. This turn of events has not received any formal condemnation from the Iranian Ministry of Higher Education or Iranian President Mahmoud […]

What do the sanctions on Iran say about Western commitments to Regional Development?

In the past few months, a new wave of sanctions have been imposed on Iran by the U.S. and the EU to ramp up international pressure against their nuclear program. The latest effort along these lines by the Obama administration aims to punish financial sector companies and shippers that help Tehran sell its oil, and […]

Feeling Safer on The Metro – WMATA’s Anti-Sexual Harassment Campaign

A series of bi-lingual anti-harassment advertisements have been rolled out by the DC Metro (WMATA). This is a positive development for many commuters, including myself, who use metro trains and buses at all hours of the day. Particularly promising is the online reporting tool located at – it allows for commuters to report incidents […]