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. 9, No. 1, November

Access to Healthcare Vis-a-Vis Women's Reproductive Health in Cameroon
Abstract All over the world, several million women die each year, and 90% of them in developing countries from pregnancy and childbirth related causes (World Health Organisation Magazine on Women's Health, 1995). Nearly all of these are preventable,...
Beyond Caliban's Curses: The Decolonial Feminist Literacy of Sycorax
The fear of the unknown, the fear of Sycorax, both because she is female and dark as in both being unknown and dark-skinned is what still holds this piece of land.., in thrall to Europe and Prospero. While being articulate in Caliban's and so Prospero's...
Birds of Freedom? Perspectives on Female Emancipation and Sri Lanka's Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
Abstract Over the last decade, females have been an integral part of fighting forces in both international conflicts and in armed struggle in at least 38 intemal conflicts. While some scholars argue that recent wars have thrust women into new roles,...
Economic Empowerment of Women through Four Psychotherapies in Two Local Government Areas, Nigeria
Abstract There is currently a need for more researches to investigate indicators of voluntary/compulsive non-income generating activities and, or behaviour among adult females. Participants of the study were subjected to the quasi-experimental research...
Gender Awareness of Rural Women in Bangladesh
Abstract This study aims to determine the social status of rural women and their level of gender awareness (GA) in three villages within the Mymensingh district of Bangladesh. Data were collected from 156 respondents through group discussions and...
Gender Differentiation among Farmers in the Agricultural Sector in Benguet, Philippines
Abstract This is a cross sectional study on gender differences in work distribution, means of production, decision making, illness and hazard exposure among male and female vegetable farmers. Personal interviews were conducted among 39 vegetable...
Gender Discrimination: Beliefs and Experiences: A Comparative Perspective of Women and Men in the Delhi Police
Abstract Gender roles are learnt through the socialization process and subsequently extend to the work context where women and men are believed to have different characteristics and are therefore treated differently. The pervasiveness of workplace...
Gender Disparities in Living Arrangements of Older People in Ghana: Evidence from the 2003 Ghana Demographic and Health Survey
Abstract In this study, the living arrangements of persons aged 60 years and older in Ghana are examined. The data for the study emanate from the household roster component of the most recent nationally representative sample survey, the 2003 Ghana...
Gender Responsive Entrepreneurial Economy of Nigeria: Enabling Women in a Disabling Environment
Abstract Growth and development are among the most exciting subjects in economics, and the application of their principles to developing countries especially the African economies, is both needed and timely. In Nigeria, women have historically been...
Iranian Women and the Civil Rights Movement in Iran: Feminism Interacted
Abstract After presenting a compendium of the structural and ideological gender inequalities in the Iranian society, mostly in post-revolutionary era, this article provides basic information and analysis about Iranian feminists in the civil rights...
Land Loss and Garifuna Women's Activism on Honduras' North Coast
Abstract (2) This paper reports on the gendered impacts of Honduras' neoliberal agrarian legislation within the context of tourism development. It draws on ethnographic research with the Afro-indigenous Garifuna to demonstrate how women have been...
Reflections on Islamic Identity, Citizenship Rights and Women's Struggle for Gender Justice: Illustration from India
Abstract Women's rights face an uncertain future throughout much of the Islamic world. The fate of women's rights throughout the Islamic world crucially hinges upon the outcome of debates on reforms of family and penal codes including new understandings...
Respecting the East, Embracing the West: A Tribute to the Women of the Maritime Sikh Society
Abstract This article pays homage to the women of the Maritime Sikh Society (2) as they juxtapose values from the western and eastern cultures into one mindset. Their quest to preserve, transmit and share their Punjabi (3) culture is reflective...
The Land of Lalla-Ded: Politicization of Kashmir and Construction of the Kashmiri Woman
Abstract Over the years, tremendous political and social turmoil has been generated in the state of Jammu and Kashmir by the forces of religious fundamentalism and by an exclusionary nationalism that seeks to erode the cultural syncretism that is...
The Social World of Prostitutes and Devadasis: A Study of the Social Structure and Its Politics in Early Modern India
Abstract This research paper discusses two groups of professional women who had a distinct place in the sexual economy of the period under review. By analyzing the actions and situations of prostitutes and the devadasis (literally meaning servants...
Violence in the Family: A Preliminary Investigation and Overview of Wife Battering in Africa
Abstract This paper examines wife battering in Africa although it is a world wide phenomenon. Due to the hidden nature of the problem accurate statistics on it are hard to come by. In many parts of Africa, wife battering is accepted as a part of...
World YWCA Leaders and the UN Decade for Women
Abstract This essay analyzes the contributions of three Young Women's Christian Association leaders who chaired the nongovernmental organization forum planning committees during the UN Decade for Women (1975-1985). It assesses the effectiveness...
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