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The Body Economic
Around the world, women’s economic opportunities and choices have long been impacted by their ability to bear children. Women and their families frequently make tough choices and poignant trade-offs, which are either helped or made more difficult by public policies concerning fertility, work, and social roles...
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COMMUNITY VOICE:
America's Family Values?
First published in Glamour magazine in 2002, this essay explores the difficult challenges working women face as they attempt to balance their work and family obligations. In this day and age, women are expected to--and frequently forced to--have full-time careers, while, at the same time, they are expected to do most of the childrearing and housekeeping...
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INTERVIEW: Population Control for Whom?
Women's rights are often treated as a boutique cause, something for radical feminists to fuss over while those in power focus on issues that "really" matter, like the economy, political stability, or public health. But in her latest book The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power, and the Future of the World, author Michelle Goldberg explores how women's rights--reproduction, abortion, gender bias, etc.--are at the center of the world's most critical problems, including our economic vitality...
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COMMUNITY VOICE:
Parenthood
The materials mahogany and bronze are hard, dark and traditionally associated with men and masculinity. By sculpting the feminine experience out of these materials, Humaira Abid blurs the line between genders and the roles stereotypically allotted to them. In these works, Abid reintroduces the masculine into her sculptures in the forms of male shoes, shirts and razors, but by juxtaposing these objects next to pacifiers, bottles and blouses, she explores the roles men play in parenting as they increasingly assume more "maternal" roles in childcare...
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COMMUNITY VOICE:
Ludmilla's Story
An increasing number of women from poor countries--particularly Ukraine--are migrating to Italy to take jobs as caregivers. But what about these womens' families back in their home countries? Arianna Sanesi gives us a personal, behind-the-scenes look at a migrant caregiver's visit home.
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Théâtre Aquarium
My interpreter, Scheherazade Matallah, and I climb the steps to Naima Zitan's apartment, one room of which doubles as an office for Théâtre Aquarium. Three senior members of the organization lean on the table and passionately describe their history and dreams in a cacophony of French and Arabic...
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Family Law in Morocco
Award-winning author Dr. Mounira Maya Charrad has been following women's rights and the implementation and evolution of the family law of Morocco for the past several decades...
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Singing for Change
In the summer of 2003, twenty female musicians from Algeria, France and Argentina gathered in a recording studio in Paris, France. Their mission: to overturn Algeria's Family Code -- a set of laws that, for over 20 years, has relegated women to second-class citizenship. Their instrument: a song.
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Kabul, Afghanistan
In March 2005, I traveled with the Global Exchange delegation "Women Making Change" to Afghanistan for an Independent Study Project in photography. I returned to Afghanistan in March 2007, as a volunteer for the NGO Afghans4Tomorrow, teaching English and photographing in the A4T girl's schools.
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Women's Empowerment, Arab Style
Could Arab businesswomen shatter Western stereotypes of what it means to be empowered? For many, "Arab women" conjures up images of women cloaked in long, covering garments, restricted in their movements and constrained in their freedoms...
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