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. 11, No. 4, May

A Feminist Struggle? South African HIV Activism as Feminist Politics
Abstract This paper is a feminist reading of HIV activism in South Africa, of a social movement that does not describe itself as a women's movement: it advocates both women's and men's, trans, hetero- and homosexual peoples' rights for adequate...
A Survey of Osteoporosis Risk Factors and Practices among Jordanian Women
Abstract The aim of this study was to explore osteoporosis (OP) risk factors among Jordanian women. Osteoporosis (OP) is a chronic complex health problem for millions of women worldwide, 80% of whom are postmenopausal women. Unless prevented or...
A Woman's Nature: Addressing Violence against Women through Femininity in Poland
Abstract This article is an investigation of women's self-defense courses in postcommunist Poland. I focus on WenDo, a women's self-defense seminar which is based on feminist principles and which seeks to empower women through changes in body culture:...
Contradiction and the Role of the 'Floating Signifier': Identity and the 'New Woman' in Italian Cartoons during Fascism
Abstract This paper addresses the issue of political cartooning during Italian fascism, with specific reference to the role of women, as it is symbolised in the cartoons (i.e. the woman-mother/care-taker/fascist/worker). The latter will be revealed...
Determinants of Living Arrangements, Health Status and Abuse among Elderly Women: A Study of Rural Naogaon District, Bangladesh
Abstract In this study, the socio-economic backdrops, living arrangements, health status and abuse of the women aged 60 years and older in the rural Naogaon district of Bangladesh are examined. The data were collected from seven villages by using...
From Discovery to Dissidence: Honduran Women's Conceptions and Claims of Human Rights
Abstract (2) In recognition of the profound benefits of women's engagement with their rights, this article presents an experiential account of how Honduran women comprehend, articulate, experience and advocate human rights and gender equality through...
Gender Analysis of Women in the Philippine Agriculture and Their Occupational Issues
Abstract Feminist research shows how gender, in interaction with other socioeconomic differentiation theories on class and ethnicity, influences agrarian transition, health patterns, and economic development. In the highland community where this...
Law in the Service of Legitimacy: Gender and Politics in Jordan
Law in the Service of Legitimacy: Gender and Politics in Jordan. 2009. Catherine Warrick. Surrey: Ashgate Publishing Limited. 205 pp. $99.95 (Hardcover). Catherine Warrick's book, Law in the Service of Legitimacy: Gender and Politics in Jordan,...
Poverty among Women in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Review of Selected Issues
Abstract Gender discrimination resulting in greater poverty among women is widespread throughout the developing world. However, the incidence of women poverty, as well as its depth and their vulnerability, is particularly marked in Sub-Saharan African...
Power, Structure, Gender Relations and Community-Based Conservation: The Cawswe Study of the Sariska Region, Rajasthan, India
Abstract Most current community development projects have a built in gender component. Despite the WID, WED and GAD schools of thought there is still however a long way to go in order to effectively implement these principles in conservation projects....
She Dresses to Attract, He Perceives Seduction: A Gender Gap in Attribution of Intent to Women's Revealing Style of Dress and Its Relation to Blaming the Victims of Sexual Violence
Abstract Victims of sexual violence are often blamed for precipitating their own assault with their so-called "provocative" body-revealing style of dress, which is viewed as conveying consent for sexual advances. To explore some of the grounds for...
Surviving Sexual Violence in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo
Abstract Since 1996 a deadly conflict has been ongoing in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Within this conflict, sexual violence has been inflicted upon women as a strategic weapon of war. Given the challenges of working in this setting,...
Upscaling Community-Arranged Preparedness for Preventing Maternal Mortality in Ghana: A Case Study of Keta and Akatsi Districts of Volta Region
Abstract The main objective of the study is to assess maternal health in Ghana using empirical evidence from Akatsi and Keta districts of the Volta Region. Interviews were conducted from a sample size of 6,250 respondents within the reproductive...
Writing as Resistance: Assia Djebar's Vaste Est la Prison
Abstract This essay examines contemporary Algerian women's condition, as it is articulated in Djebar's autobiographical novel, Vaste est la prison (1995). After giving an overview of modern Algerian history, I offer a reading of Djebar's novel that...
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