AIDS in the UAE

This article, “UAE recorded 35 cases of AIDS last year,” is about AIDS cases in the UAE and the struggle to raise awareness around the issue of AIDS. I found it interesting that in the UAE, a relatively “western” country by many standards, an AIDS awareness conference was titled, “Women, Take the Lead… Leaders, Keep…

Rape Victims or Rape Survivors?

Last Tuesday, the Human Rights and Women’s Studies departments sponsored an event called “Worst Place to be a Woman.” Dr. Luhiri, a gynecologist who works in Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, came to talk about sexual violence in the Congo. Panzi Hospital is located in Bukavu in the province of South Kivu. The hospital’s doctors see about 3,500 women/day. Women have access to general health care, psychological counseling, HIV and STI testing, emergency contraception, and leadership programs, which help women reintegrate themselves into the community through leadership training. There is also a travelling emergency outreach program for women who have been abducted and raped by the guerilla. (Militia kidnap women to use them as spies, as their personal luggage carriers, for sex, and many other things).

Bust, feminism, and solidarity between women

After an exhausting few weeks of what seemed like endless tests and papers, I’ve finally reached Tuesday night, with no paper due and no exam tomorrow. Instead, I have the happy reward of my Well-Woman office hours, where I can snuggle up with Bust magazine on the couch with some tea. Bust magazine is fabulous…

Blog alert: The XX Factor

I forgot where I saw this, but it seems too cool not to mention. If you’re an online mag junkie, then you probably know about Slate (Note: Former Bwog Editor-in-Chief Lydia DePillis now writes for them). Then again, if you’re a Slate junkie, then there’s no point in you reading this entry. Turn back while…

The global gender gap

The World Economic Forum recently released its annual gender gap report, which examines gender equality all over the world.  It’s pretty interesting: the top four countries with the smallest gender gap are Nordic, unsurprisingly; Denmark is #7; the United States is #27.  Yemen comes in last. The report looks at four broad categories: economic participation…

Perez’s Political Conscience

If you’re a regular reader of PerezHilton.com, then you know the site isn’t all fluff (despite what its perennially pink and sparkly design might tell you). Perez also frequently posts items of political interest, particularly stories that wouldn’t get much media play otherwise. One such post grabbed my attention this morning: a little blurb about…

Food for Thought

Recently, I have been trying to understand the world food system and how there can be so much hunger and obesity at the same time. I just finished reading Stuffed & Starved by sociologist and activist Raj Patel. In it he dispels the myth that hunger and modern famine are caused by lack of food….

Adios, global gag rule

This news is so thrilling that I had to post it, even though it’s not nearly official yet…. Feministing cites from the Washington Post: “…The new president is also expected to lift a so-called global gag rule barring international family planning groups that receive U.S. aid from counseling women about the availability of abortion, even…