This past summer, during my internship at the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) in Ghana, I was asked to write a report on the state of human rights in the country. I used complaints that the Commission … Continue reading
Throughout history, countless women have played major organizational and leadership roles in major social movements, however, their names rarely hold as much historical significance compared to their male counterparts. When people hear the American civil rights movement of the 1960s they think of Martin Luther King Jr, not Ella Baker. This is not a result of lesser contributions on the women's part but rather reflective of the biased structure of social movements that foster clear gender distinctions and hierarchies.
With schools closed and lockdowns in effect, more and more women and girls are facing sexual abuse and gender-based violence. During this pandemic, the usual social fabric that protects many women and girls from domestic violence is not available as lockdown has forced many women and girls to become completely isolated.
In a U.S. ICE detention centre, Irwin County Detention Centre, migrant women are undergoing forced sterilizations. Approaching this with the skepticism that ICE is hoping for, would dismiss America’s long history of eugenic practices and ask us to not believe the simple abuse of human rights that is now occurring in Georgia.
Today, the law sentences homosexual acts to fourteen years of life imprisonment. This illegality of homosexuality makes LGBTQ+ members hesitant to seek help for HIV/Aids. Activists claim that the existing laws and policies make it harder for gay people to get jobs, rent homes, access healthcare and education services.
In the era of first world feminism, it seems that double standards feed deeper divisions more often than they cause compassion. The severity of a female’s struggle is too often compared to another female’s, rather than her male counterpart.