Journal of International Women's Studies

A peer-reviewed semiannual scholarly publication providing international coverage and analysis of wome.'s studies, with particular respect to the relationship between theory and activism.

Articles from Vol. 10, No. 4, May

A Cross-Cultural, Comparative Analysis of the Domestic Violence Policies of Nicaragua and Russia
Abstract This is a cross-cultural comparative analysis of the domestic violence policies of Nicaragua and Russia. While these two countries have striking differences, they both had socialist revolutions that established workers and farmers governments....
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Designing a Woman-Friendly Workplace: A Prognosis and Prescription for Institutional Health at the University of Guam
Abstract This article explores the campus activist and research efforts made possible through a Campus Action Project grant awarded by AAUW (2006-2007) to the University of Guam (UOG). Faculty-student researchers developed a workshop series addressing...
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Effect of Work Intensification and Work Extensification on Women's Health in the Globalised Labour Market
Abstract This study examined the association between labour intensification due to work intensification and work extensification and ill health in women in certain manufacturing work in the Philippines. Work intensification is defined as more workload...
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Female Combatants in the Spanish Civil War: Milicianas on the Front Lines and in the Rearguard
Abstract The history of the military participation of women during the Spanish Civil War has thus far been neglected, underestimated or downplayed by historians. This article aims to redress this imbalance. It examines the actions of the milicianas,...
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Feminism and Multicuituralism: Two Common Foundations for a Vision and a Practice of Transformative Social Activities and Education in Israel
Abstract The last few years have witnessed the development of a new direction in theoretical feminist thinking which focuses on the quality of the link between feminism and multiculturalism. The discussion of the subject includes several main approaches....
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Framing Masculinity in the Poetry of Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill
Abstract This paper examines how the contemporary Irish poet, Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill, is destabilizing traditional notions of the masculine and feminine. Female Irish writers have been suppressed and silenced by a strong patriarchal society and it...
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Gender Analysis of Socio-Cultural Perception of Moringa Oleifera Amongst Farmers in Southwestern Nigeria
Abstract Moringa oleifera (horseradish tree--English) is a perennial plant, which has been found to possess high economic and cultural values in many countries of the world. This study was carried out to analyse the socio-cultural perception about...
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Health Consequences of Rural Women's Productive Role in Agriculture in the Philippines and Other Developing Countries
Abstract Agriculture is central to developing countries like the Philippines and rural women contribute a substantial share of the labor that goes into this sector as food producers or agricultural workers. In the wake of numerous studies conducted...
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Multicultural Politics and the Paradox of Being Special: Interrogating Immigrant Women's Activism and the Voice of Difference
Abstract Interviews with racialized minority immigrant women activist-managers in immigrant service sector in Toronto, Canada demonstrate how women construct their activist identities. An antiracist postcolonial feminist framework is used to explore...
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Reporting from the Edge of Reality: Writing as Phantom Limb in Goretti Kyomuhendo's Fiction
Traumatism as an opening to the future of the wound is the promise of a text. Helene Cixous, Stigmata Literary criticism [...] has a crucial role to play in furthering our understanding of how traumatic experience can be put into words and what...
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The Failed Marriage between Women and the Landless People's Movement (MST) in Brazil
Abstract The present article examines the processes of inequality reproduced inside the MST-run rural encampments; specifically the ones affecting women the most, and in particular women heads of households. This examination leads to the related...
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The Role of Women in Providing and Improving Household Food Security in Sudan: Implications for Reducing Hunger and Malnutrition
Abstract Relevant and consistent with the recent growing interest to assess the contribution of women to economic activities in Sudan, this study seeks to assess women's contribution to their household food supply and nutrition status in rural Sudan....
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The Social Grants and Black Women in South Africa: A Case Study of Bophelong Township in Gauteng
Abstract In post Apartheid South Africa 12.4 million people receive a social grant. This paper discusses the significance of the grants, and black women's role through the prism of the grants. The paper is based on a case study in Bophelong township...
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The Water Crisis in Biantyre City and Its Impact on Women: The Cases of Mabyani and Ntopwa, Malawi
Abstract Water crises tend to impact women and men of different ages differently. In most cultures, women of different ages are primarily responsible for the use and management of water resources, sanitation and health at the household level. They...
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Understanding 'Passion Killings' in Botswana: An Investigation of Media Framing
Abstract In Botswana, local news media outlets have documented the prevalence of so-called 'passion killings'; however, no published studies have been conducted that examine these intimate partner homicides. Using ethnographic content analysis informed...
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Virginia Woolf's Answer to "Women Can't Paint, Women Can't Write" in to the Lighthouse
Abstract This essay addresses Virginia Woolf's personal stand in her answer to "women can't paint, women can't write", a reflection on the Victorian prejudice of the role of women in the family and society shared by both her parents, Leslie and...
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What Remains of Srebrenica? Motherhood, Transitional Justice and Yearning for the Truth
Abstract This article explores the role of the local non-governmental association 'Mothers of Srebrenica' in the complex transitional justice processes in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The association gathers women who survived the Srebrenica genocide...
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