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A Senator Looks for More Women in Office

Sexism in U.S. politics has long been a hot topic for debate and criticism.  Today, the United States has many examples of female political leaders, such as Sarah Palin and Condoleezza Rice.  However, according to The New York Times article, “A Senator Looks for More Women in Office,” women should play a bigger role in shaping U.S. government and politics. The article follows Senator Kristen E. Gillibrand’s efforts to bring women into the sphere of politics, beginning with a campaign called “Off the Sidelines.”  The senator asserts that sexism is still an important issue today.  In order to combat it and ensure equality between the genders, women must step forward and assume leadership in U.S. public life.

Torregrosa, Luisita Lopez. “A Senator Looks for More Women in Office.” The New York Times. 19 July 2011. Web. 28 Nov. 2011. <http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/20/us/20iht-letter20.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1>.

 

 

Rape in war: No more excuses

When considering the atrocities of war and war crimes, rape is seldom acknowledged as a weapon of war. Politicians, the media, and the public often overlook rape and sexual assault.  However, in the case of war, these forms of abuse are addressed and punished even less frequent. In this article, Marianne Mollmann, women’s rights advocacy director for Human Rights Watch, debunks the gross misconception that rape in war is inevitable and inconsequential. She argues that, “there can be neither peace nor justice,” until we hold the perpetrators of sexual assault, and ourselves, accountable.

Mollmann, Marianne. “Rape in war: No more excuses.” Chicago Tribune. 22 July 2011. Web. 6 Aug. 2011. <http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/ct-oped-0722-rape-20110722,0,933457.story>.

 

 

Delhi doc throws out wife for giving birth to twin girls

Ruti Kumar, a physician in New Delhi, confronted the issue of male preference in India when she and her husband learned that she carried twin daughters. Despite the pressure from her husband to abort at least one of the fetuses, Kumar gave birth to both girls and sought refuge with her father. The issue has many dangerous undercurrents related to human rights abuses. It echoes greater societal problems caused by cultural prejudice on the basis of gender.

“Delhi doc throws out wife for giving birth to twin girls.” IBN Live. 17 Mar. 2008. Web. 4 Aug. 2011. <http://ibnlive.in.com/news/delhi-doc-throws-out-wife-for-giving-birth-to-twin-girls/61381-3.html>.

 

 

Women in Egypt Face Serious Harassment Every Day

Egypt has recently been a hotspot for grassroots political movements. These movements have been made possible because of new technological mediums and a renewed revolutionary spirit. However, despite the political changes that are in the process of taking place, women’s rights continue to be a controversial issue that experiences an ongoing debate. This report from The New York Times describes several accounts of sexual harassment that women in Egypt have endured. It illustrates the unjust treatment of Egyptian women, as well as the great necessity for public consciousness and respect for women’s natural rights as human beings.

Mekhennet, Souad. “Women in Egypt Face Serious Harassment Every Day.” The New York Times. 5 July 2011. Web. 14 July 2011. <http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/06/world/europe/06iht-letter06.html>.

 

 

After the Revolution, Arab Women Seek More Rights

The recent wildfire of revolutions in the Middle East has undoubtedly stirred the public to seek more political rights and greater opportunities for self-governance.  However, despite the strides made in politics in the Arab world, there remains a shortcoming in the rights possessed by Arab women. This is much to the dismay of feminists and female activists who hoped that the rush of public political activity would create a window for Arab women to claim their natural rights. Women’s attempts at gaining political and social equality have often been frustrated or hampered by extreme sexism that remains at the forefront of public consciousness. Furthermore, women who have participated in the recent political uprisings have been shamed by their peers and looked down upon by much of Egyptian society. The future of women’s rights in this global region is still uncertain and continues to hang in the political balance.

Frenkel, Sheera. “After the Revolution, Arab Women Seek More Rights.” NPR News. 6 Aug. 2011. Web. 28 Nov. 2011. <http://www.npr.org/2011/08/06/137482442/after-the-revolution-arab-women-seek-more-rights>.

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