Although they define themselves as a “wave of feminism of the third millennium,” historical continuity with earlier waves is missing in FEMEN’s mission statement. “Liberal extremists are as dreadful as religious extremists.” Statements like this have been repeated since a teenage girl, Amina, posted a photo of herself topless a few months ago after joining the (in)famous FEMEN movement, to challenge the threat of religious conservatism. It sounds like a safe statement for moderates to […]
Should Raha Moharrak – Saudi Arabia’s first female climber to scale Mount Everest – displayed the flag, or would it have been more fitting to display a map of the country with portraits of resolute women like her? Raha Moharrak, a 25-year-old Saudi woman, did what no Saudi man has ever done before: she climbed and proudly stood atop Mount Everest. Like millions of resilient Saudi women, Raha defied a multitude of crippling artificial impediments. […]
The Voice of Libyan Women has been the only organization to actively research women and security in Libya. Several months ago, while sitting next to leading activists in Johannesburg, I answered the (then simple) question “what pushes you?” The older gentleman sitting next to me began to cry and said “Nothing. I am not pushed anymore. I am tired.” I was confused by his response & when it was my turn I quickly replied, “My […]
Despite leading Muslim countries in ensuring political participation of women, Pakistani women lag behind men in the election process. The first constituent assembly of Pakistan in 1956 ensured female suffrage and reserved seats for women. The 1970s witnessed the appointment of the first female elected to the National Assembly; election of the first female Deputy Speaker of National Assembly; appointment of the female Parliamentary Secretary; and election of the female candidate to the general national […]
I was born in India in 1947, and am the Co-founder and Secretary of GRAVIS (Center for people’s Science for Rural Development). GRAVIS is a non governmental organization founded in 1983 to promote self-reliance and improve the social, economic and political situation of desert communities in Rajasthan. Before founding GRAVIS, I have worked in tribal areas of North Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar for more than ten years. I began working as a […]
On January 11, 2013, Sharnoff’s Global Views concluded an interview with Amy Merrill, director of marketing and development at the Somaly Mam Foundation. Somaly Mam is a survivor of sex slavery and a leader in the fight to end it. Born into a tribal minority family in Cambodia and sold at a young age, she endured many years of exploitation and abuse. But she escaped, and vowed never to forget those she left behind. For […]
Nearly two months separate Tunisians from the second anniversary of their revolution, and yet they can hardly believe two years ago they were on the threshold of something close to the fulfillment of a dream. Today, more and more Tunisians are wondering whether “revolution” is the term they should apply to what had happened in the period between December 17, 2010, and January 14, 2011.