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#DespiteBeingAWoman, Why “_______ woman” Isn’t a Compliment At All, and Why Being a Woman Isn’t a Handicap

It was the misinterpreted compliment heard around the world that made Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi the type of famous he never wanted to be; four words that blew a giant hole in the pro-women rhetoric he’s been spewing since being elected. Despite being a woman, Modi’s Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina had declared that she had […]

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Serving as an introduction to the idea of intersectionality of LGBT and women’s rights: A woman, I will call her Mrs. D, seeks asylum from her native Sub-Saharan African nation in a Western country.   Her family, her community and her country have brutalized her. She was imprisoned for over a year without trial under something called […]

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6 months after Chibok abduction, #EducateOurGirls campaign raises money to help girls who escaped #BokoHaram

 Editor’s Note: This week marks six months since the abduction of more than 200 hundred Nigerian girls by Boko Haram. This Thursday, October 16 from 12-1pm EDT Fem2pt0 hosts the #EducateOurGirls tweetchat with special guest Dr. Margee Ensign, President of the American University of Nigeria and board member of the American University of Nigeria Foundation. […]

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An interview with Chitra Panjabi, Membership Vice President, National Organization for Women

A few days before National Organization for Women’s (NOW) annual conference, we sat down for an interview with Chitra Panjabi, the organization’s Membership Vice President.  Q: Can you tell me a bit about your childhood and how it was growing up in Hong Kong?  A: I often felt like an outsider, because of my race […]

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Getting Better Faster, Together – Part 2

This is part 2 of a blog about an experiment with strategic learning by a Gender at Work team of facilitators working on gender-based violence (GBV) in South Africa. To see part one, click here. The team’s long-term strategic learning approach focuses on observing and collecting data that signals whether these propositions are, in fact, […]

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Action, Learning and Gender in Mozambique: A Pause

By Solange Rocha and Michel Friedman, Gender at Work, Facilitated by Oxfam Canada  “I met myself again and valued myself more, not only at work but in my whole life, day to day” (participant’s comment) In music, a pause means the sound of silence, a time between notes.  For participants in our Gender Action Learning Process […]

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Support Healing Space for Survivors of Rape and Abuse: Give to the Monument Quilt Tour

The public reaction to survivors of rape and abuse publicly disclosing their experiences is often messy and problematic.  From high school students to news anchors, the American public struggles with how to support survivors of sexual violence. We live in a country where it is safer to commit an act of rape that to publicly […]

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This Is My Rally Cry: Because in New Brunswick, ‘liberty’ is only yours if you lack a uterus. (#NBProchoice)

 It takes a special kind of person to work at an Abortion Clinic. You need to possess just the right combination of kindness and compassion, combined with courage, determination, and a whole lot of humility. Not something you can put on a resume, and I highly doubt it’s something you can learn from an overpriced […]

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Finding our ways out of the ‘black box’

In graduate school, I began to be fascinated by the ‘black box’ of organizations, the peculiar ways through which organizations digest gender equality laws and policies and put out something that looks quite different from what one might expect. Connecting these two worlds – how organizations worked and whether or not women could access opportunity […]

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What is The Wage Gap is Costing You Every Day?

This piece was co-authored by Elizabeth Plank, Executive Social Editor at PolicyMic. You can reach her at @feministabulous. What would happen if we finally wage gap disappeared? We know women would be making more money, but how much more would they be bringing home? By now, you’ve probably heard depressing statistics like this one: For every […]

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