Bank of England Sees Sense (and Sensibility)

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The Bank of England has announced that British novelist Jane Austen will be replacing naturalist Charles Darwin on the £10 note ($15.36). This news comes after people were outraged at the announcement in April that social reformer Elizabeth Fry would be replaced by former prime minister Winston Churchill on the £5 note, causing a total […]

Congo’s Women Turn from Atrocities to Hope

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Part 3 of a series … Rosine is 15 years old and intends to be the president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo one day. In fact, she already has an action plan which she reels forth with very little prompting. She tells us that first she knows she must do well in school, […]

Women’s Tour de France Gains Speed

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Across the pond, women in sports have been making quite a splash in the media as of late. What with the Wimbledon debacle, followed by Muirfield’s sexist club membership policies, it’s about time we had some good news regarding sports in Britain. Luckily, this is looking likely to be the case. Ironman Triathlon legend Chrissie […]

Chile Denies Abortion for 11-Year-Old Rape Victim

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At age 11, Belén is 14 weeks pregnant. Her pregnancy, which occurred after she was repeatedly raped over the past two years by her mother’s partner, has been deemed by medical professionals as a danger to her health. Despite the risks involved for both her and the fetus, Belén has no choice but to see the […]

First Australian Woman Prime Minister Is Ousted

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Julia Gillard—the first woman prime minister of Australia—was ousted by former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in a party vote on Wednesday, June 26 with elections only months away. In 2010 Gillard replaced Rudd as leader of the Labor Party, and now Rudd will replace Gillard as party leader. To date, there have only been two […]

Rape Crisis in Congo: Impunity for Men Must Stop

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She was raped by a man claiming to be a pastor.  He was newly arrived in her village, so when that she felt she needed help with her husband and his refusal to provide for her, she went to see the “pastor” to pray. Instead, he robbed her and raped her and then fled the […]

Morsi’s Regime Topples; Women Pay a Price

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As of approximately 3 p.m. EST, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is no longer in office. After a week of rapidly intensifying protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, Egyptian General Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi announced, via televised press conference, that Morsi had been deposed and that a “government of technocrats will be appointed to run the country.” General […]

We All Share Responsibility for the Congo

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I have been to the Kivu provinces in eastern Congo many times over the past five years. From outward appearances, it seems that life here has not changed much since my first visit. A never-ending parade of rebel groups continues to kill, rape and enslave civilians as they vie for control of Congo’s vast mineral […]

Turning the Corner on Sex Workers’ Rights in Argentina

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The Association of Women Sex Workers in Argentina in Action for Our Rights (AMMAR) has painted the walls of Buenos Aires with new ads demanding legal protection for female sex workers. The ads, commissioned by AMMAR and designed by the advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather, are carefully positioned on various street corners, revealing a sexualized woman on one side […]

First Anti-Domestic Violence Campaigns From Saudi Arabia

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“Treat her like a queen, not a punching bag.” “He who hits a woman is a coward.” These are some of the tweets featured in a recent social media campaign from Saudi Arabia. In an effort to call attention to the country’s alarming rates of domestic violence, young people of Saudi Arabia have been asked to […]