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. 7, No. 4, May

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Internally Displaced Women and Girls in Liberia and Uganda and the Role of the International Community
Abstract This article provides a brief background on the civil war in Liberia and the ongoing political violence in Uganda that have left thousands of people internally displaced, especially woman and girls. It analyzes the willing and unwilling...
Blood Vengeance and the Depiction of Women in la Leyenda De Los Siete Infantes De Lara, the Nibelungenlied and Njal's Saga
Abstract Following a review of the primary sources La leyenda de los siete infantes de Lara, The Nibelungenlied and Njal's Saga the role of women and their role in exacting blood vengeance within a medieval context will be compared. The analysis...
Family Caregiving to AIDS Patients: The Role of Gender in Caregiver Burden in Uganda
Abstract The objectives of the study were: l) What is the burden of care for male and female family caregivers of AIDS patients? and 2) Which factors influence the family care burden for AIDS patients at home? A questionnaire was completed by 29...
Feminist Theory and the Right-Wing: Shiv Sena Women Mobilize Mumbai (1)
Abstract Feminist scholars engaged in the study of women and religion often grapple with the problem of how to theorize the phenomenon of women's attraction to, and active involvement in politico-religious movements characterized by strongly "patriarchal"...
"From Margin to Center" (1): Processes and Relationships to Participation One Woman's Ethnographic Journey Mirrored through Community Research
Abstract In the closing two years of my doctoral degree that spanned ten years of my life, I was asked by a mentor to write a personal essay on my academic experiences at the university. That essay follows and is printed here not without the accompanying...
Gender Dynamics of Missionary Work in India and Its Impact on Women's Education: Isabella Thoburn (1840-1901)-A Case Study
Abstract This article is a cross-cultural study of the work of the first North American single woman missionary educator Isabella Thoburn who was sent overseas by the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The objective...
Generations, Feminist Beliefs and Abortion Rights Support
Abstract Do forces that impacted feminist beliefs in the past, such as gender and generation, impact feminist beliefs today within the context of abortion policy support? While the abortion rights issue was framed during the feminist movement era...
I Prostrate to the Goddess Foe Destroyer-Tibetan Buddhism and the (Mis)naming of Venusian Features
OM I prostrate to the goddess foe destroyer, liberating lady Tara, Homage to TARE, saviouress, heroine, With TUTTARE dispelling all fears, Granting all benefits with TURE, To her with sound SVAHA, I bow--Praises to the Twenty-one Taras (abbreviated...
Labor Stress and Nursing Support: How Do They Relate?
Abstract Selected aspects of the phenomenon of labor stress including the relationship between labor stress and nursing support were explored using a correlational design with 85 postpartum women who delivered vaginally and were recruited from a...
La Loca and Manicomio: Representations of Women Insanity during the Golden Age of Mexican Films
Abstract This essay analyzes two films produced during the Golden Age of Mexican Films (1931-1960) in order to explore the social structuring of women's insanity. Both films deal with the scientific knowledge--the advice of psychiatrists was part...
Lottiamo Ancora (1): Reviewing One Hundred and Fifty Years of Italian Feminism
Abstract This essay examines the struggle of Italian feminism for transforming long rooted beliefs and gender roles in Italy since the late nineteenth century. I specifically focus on the legal, political and symbolic levels. First, I describe the...
On the Asphalt Frontier: American Women's Road Narratives, Spatiality, and Transgression
Abstract In this article, I am going to analyze the concept of "gendered space" as it appears in select post-1970s US-American road narratives produced by women writers of various ethnic and social backgrounds. Drawing on recent re-mappings in cultural...
Perceptions and Reflections on Sexual Harassment in Jamaica
Abstract Within the context of gender inequality that pertains to the Caribbean region generally, this study examines and analyzes two surveys on sexual harassment in Jamaica. The first survey was conducted in June/July 1999 by the Committee against...
Restorative Justice for the Girl Child in Post-Conflict Rwanda
Abstract The girl child suffers from both sexism and "childism" for she is at the intersection of women's rights and children's rights. The question of her fate in post-conflict Rwanda is particularly crucial for during the Rwandan genocide in 1994,...
Surviving the Doctoral Dissertation Experience: The N.W. Sisters' Study
Abstract The purpose of this year-long study was to examine and describe both the individual and shared experiences of a group of four women as they went through their Doctor of Education (Ed. D.) program. The main research question was: What do...
Tactics against Sexual Harassment: The Role of Backfire
To oppose sexual harassment, it is useful to understand tactics commonly used by perpetrators. A useful approach to tactics is through the concept of backfire: if an action is perceived as unjust and information about it is communicated to receptive...
The Differential Impact on Gender Relations of 'Transformatory' and 'Instrumentalist' Women's Group Intermediation in Microfinance Schemes: A Case Study for Rural South India
Abstract This article starts from conflicting evidence regarding the impact of microfinance programs on women's empowerment. It explores whether schemes that appear to be very similar on the surface may actually hide deeper differences that can...
To Marry a Dog
I was the photographer/journalist on an international medical education team, sponsored by The Center for Asian and International Bioethics of Ben Gurion University of the Negev that went to Kadalur, in Tamil Nadu, India to teach rural Untouchable...
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