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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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#DigiFem2 tweetchat with National Organization for Women, Tuesday, June 17 from 12-1pm EDT

The National Organization for Women (NOW) and Fem2pt0 are teaming up for #DigiFem2 Tweetchat on Tuesday,June 17 from 12 to 1 p.m. EDT. The conversation will focus on various topics affecting women across the country, and utilizing social media to bring our community together.  We’ll be providing information on NOW’s upcoming conference, and our experts […]

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PoP Poster Asks, “What Can People Do To Stop Street Harassment?

Last week, DC blog Prince of Petworth (PoP) posted a story in which a reader recounted facing harassment from a group of men in Columbia Heights, asking the question: “What should you do when you’re being harassed?” Though it’s unclear from the original story whether the harassing incident described is gender-based, the behaviors — stalking, verbal threats — were quickly […]

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#FreeTheNipple: Facebook Changes Its Policy to Allow Photographs of Breast-Feeding Mothers

Photo credit: Paala Secor, 2014 Two weeks ago, if a photograph of an actively breast-feeding mother with nipples exposed was shared in Facebook, that photograph would have violated the company’s guidelines regarding nudity and obscenity and been removed. According to my conversations with Facebook spokespeople, as the result of a quiet policy change made two […]

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Being Both Invisible and the Target: Street Harassment and Fatness

(Trigger warning: street harassment, fat hate, aggressive language) I was walking on my lunch break, as I often do. The DC sidewalks are crowded as people walk from their offices to food trucks and other lunch places. I was suddenly knocked to the ground. I couldn’t figure out what had happened until the bicyclist on […]

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Getting Better Faster, Together – Part 1

The issues feminist activists and organizations work on are sticky, entangled, and opaque. The deeply embedded dynamics that hold gender discrimination and inequalities in place make our work unpredictable, and the way forward hard to see. Gender at Work, a transnational network of individuals and organizations, aims to build knowledge and practice to end discrimination […]

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In School or in the Street, Sexual Harassment Is a Daily Problem

[caption id="attachment_21000" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Shenandoah University’s International Anti-street Harassment Week chalking. Photo by Kendra Corbin, Stop Street Harassment intern[/caption] “I was walking by, and they were yelling stuff like ‘hey you, hey sexy’ and stuff. And I’m like, what the heck? I was 14 at the time. These guys were in their 20s.” Cheyenne, a […]

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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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Elliot Rodger and American Masculinity

Mental health is always a factor to consider each time we dissect the latest mass shooting in this country. So is easy access to guns. But, in so many of these cases, including the latest horror in Santa Barbara, we should be talking about masculinity. There are three traditional ways to prove one’s manhood in […]

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How to Be Child-free Stepparent

By the time I was 12, I knew I didn’t want children. I loved kids, I saw the joy they brought into people’s lives, but I just didn’t feel the pang for parenthood. “You’ll change your mind,” said the multitudes of people around me. When I got married at 21, and reasserted my child-free identity, […]

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