In India or U.S., No Safe Haven from Gender Violence

When you cry “rape,” who can hear you? Should it matter how you are heard? On reading American student RoseChasm’s terrified litanies of sexual harassment, rape and stalking during her experiences in a study abroad program in India, I was angry and outraged on her behalf, and empathetic based on my own experiences in India. […]

U.S. Retailers Promise Action on Bangladesh Factories – Will It Help?

Nearly four months after the Rana Plaza factory collapse, one of the deadliest industrial accidents in history, American retailers (whose clothing is produced in Bangladesh factories) are finally announcing that they will take steps to prevent such accidents from happening again. United under the umbrella of Alliance for Bangladesh Workers’ Safety, the retailers said they […]

Will Women’s Rights in Afghanistan Disappear?

Afghan lawmakers on Saturday rejected the Law on Elimination of Violence Against Women, which would criminalize child marriage, forced marriage, domestic violence and the exchange of girls and women to settle arguments, among other things. The law would also make it illegal for women to face criminal charges for adultery for being raped. (You heard that right.) […]

Time to Reform India’s Sex Trafficking Laws

When Ayesha was 13, she fell in love with a man who promised to marry her and nurture her singing aspirations, but instead turned out to be a sex trafficker. He took her far away from her family and village in Bangladesh to Kolkata (also known as Calcutta), India, where he promptly sold her to […]