The suffrage movement that organized, picketed, fasted, spoke out and endured arrests, beatings, force feedings and other forms of torment, would not have succeeded without the leadership and engagement of many women of color.
Dr. Fozia Alvi, a Canadian physician and humanitarian, is helping fight COVID-19 in the world’s largest refugee camp, where lack of resources and illiteracy exacerbate the disease’s transmission.
Alvi creates COVID-19 teams that go into the Cox’s Bazar refugee camp in Bangladesh to test and treat COVID among the displaced Rohingya, who number about one million.
China’s Uyghur minority are facing a gendered campaign of forced birth control—recent reports document plans for forced IUD placement, mandated abortions, and sterilizations and injections that have been reported to cease menstruation cycles. Many experts say this constitutes a serious risk of genocide.
Racism is woven into the fabric of the U.S., and the COVID-19 pandemic has only made it worse. Racist attacks and interactions—from micro-aggressions to outright hate crimes—have been on the rise since the pandemic began.
Ahead of the Intra-Afghan talks, expected in days, a coalition of Afghan women’s rights groups have released an open letter to Taliban leadership calling for a peaceful resolution to the four decades of war, reaffirming their position to preserve and build on the gains of the last 20 years, and calling for a meeting with senior members of the group.
One thing missing from the think pieces and social media musings is something I’m sure many Black and Brown women have noticed—that Harris is the most diverse person to ever achieve this level of political stature. A Black, Indian-American woman is poised to occupy the second-highest office in our country.
Although reproductive rights are under attack around the world, there remain some bright spots for women’s reproductive rights and contraceptive access.
In the Philippines, since 2012, when reproductive rights and education were finally enshrined in law in this fiercely Catholic country, the government has committed to providing free family planning services to those living in poverty.
Award-winning journalist Maria Ressa was found guilty of “cyber libel” for investigating President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, who has continuously suppressed press freedom and has been responsible for countless human right violations. Journalism is under major fire in the Philippines, and Ressa has been persecuted for denouncing an administration that egregiously disregards basic human rights.
Ressa said: “I’m being set up as an example so that others will stop asking tough questions, and I think that puts responsibility on me to continue asking tough questions.”
Identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander in the United States means facing xenophobia and racism. COVID-19 has not only re-surfaced this discrimination, but has also highlighted other inequities within Asian American communities.
The Free Saudi Activists coalition sits down with Lina alHathloul—the younger sister of Loujain alHathloul, who is currently imprisoned in Saudi Arabia—to discuss the past two years of advocacy and her thoughts on the events that have transpired. What was shared provides a raw and open look at the toll this fight has taken and why public pressure is crucial as ever.