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. 16, No. 2, January

A Chronicle of the Global Movement to Combat Violence against Women: The Role of the Second-Wave Feminist Movement and the United Nations: The Perspective of Bangladesh
Introduction Violence against women is perhaps the most pervasive form of abuse, a universal phenomenon that transcends all divisions of class, race, religion, race, ethnicity and geographical region (Pickup et al., 2001:11). It is widely spread...
A Socio-Historical and Political Discourse on the Rights of Muslim Women: Concerns for Women's Rights or Community Identity (Special Reference to 1937 and 1939 Acts)
Women's Movement and Undivided Agenda of Women's Rights From the early 19th century, the status of women became an issue of concern for uppercaste male and upper-class Hindu reformers. Early efforts by the reformers were against certain customs...
Attitudes and Perceptions of Young Men towards Gender Equality and Violence in Timor-Leste
Introduction Globally around a third of all women have experienced either physical or sexual violence overwhelmingly perpetrated by their husbands, boyfriends or intimate partners (WHO 2013). Research into gender-based violence (GBV) globally has...
Barriers to the Utilisation of Provisions of the Zimbabwean Domestic Violence Act among Abused Christian Women in Zimbabwe
Background and Significance Violence against women has been of great international concern and has received much attention. It has come to be described as a global pandemic because of its devastating consequences on the abused and society in general....
Defining Recent Femicide in Modern Turkey: Revolt Killing
Introduction The murder of Ayse Pasali that was committed by her divorced husband in 2010 has become a turning point for femicide in Turkey. After the murder of Pasali, femicides, which have been on rise in the last five years, have become more...
Ecofeminism and Natural Disasters: Sri Lankan Women Post-Tsunami
Introduction The consequences of natural disasters impact individuals at a social, cultural, and political intersection (Ariyabandu & Wickramasinghe, 2003; Blaikie, Cannon, Davis, & Wisner, 2003; Mileti, 1999; Quarantelli, 1994). Individuals...
Facts Behind the Facade: Is There More to Dieting Than Meets the Eye?
Introduction "I wish that compulsive eating, bingeing, dieting, throwing up, and starving were oddities rather than the routine experiences of so many years and women today" (Orbach: 1997: vii). Almost two decades on, Orbach's wish has yet to become...
"Frauen Fur Den Frieden-Oppositional Group or Bored Troublemakers?"
Introduction Da sie an der Welt nicht zweifeln konnte, blieb ihr nur der Zweifel an sich. (Because she couldn't doubt the world, she could only doubt herself.) Christa Wolf During the late 1970s and early 1980s the stagnant economy and repressive...
From Aporia to Identity Formation: The Perilous Passage of African American Women's Dramatic Discourse
Introduction Language is an intensely contested space where Black women writers of America have made their indelible impression, thus altering the nation's linguistic topography. Their writings are often a crusade for justice, aiming at establishing...
Gender and Water in Northeast Thailand: Inequalities and Women's Realities
Background In the past few decades, rapid population growth, continued urbanisation and exploitation of agricultural lands have caused a threat to global water security. Water security includes elements of supplying humanity with water for drinking,...
Gender in the Midst of Change: Examining the Rights of Muslim Women in Predominately Muslim Countries
Introduction The role of women in Islamic societies remains a highly charged political and cultural issue. Women's issues are vital in the shaping of modern debates on democracy in predominantly Muslim countries. Often times the "Muslim World" is...
Gender Mainstreaming in Sector Budget Support: The Case of the European Commission's Sector Support to Rwanda's Agriculture Sector
Introduction Gender and development policies tend to be largely shaped by general aid and development policies and changes therein (Molyneux & Razavi, 2005; Moser, 1993; Razavi & Miller, 1995). In the past decade changes in aid policies...
Governing the Female Body: Gender, Health, and Networks of Power
Governing the Female Body: Gender, Health, and Networks of Power. 2010. Edited by Lori Reed and Paula Saukko. Albany: SUNY Press; 310 pages (including index); Paperback ($24.95). ISBN 978-1-4384-2952-6 Within the last fifteen years, studies on the...
In Search of a Lost Identity: Iranian Women and Their Identity Issues
Introduction Gee (2000) defines identity as "being recognized as a certain kind of person in a given context" (p. 99). Similarly, Hung, Lim and Jamaludin (2011) consider the process of identity formation as a process of meaning making about one's...
Judging by Appearances: Perceived Discrimination among South Asian Muslim Women in the US and the UAE
Introduction Discrimination occurs when members of a socially defined group are treated differently or excluded from activities because of their group membership. Allport (1954) described a range of discriminatory practices, from antilocution, avoidance,...
Mirror of Dew: A Collection of Poems by Alam-Taj Zhale Qa'em-Maquami (1883-1946)
Mirror of Dew: A Collection of Poems by Alam-Taj Zhale Qa'em-Maquami (1883-1946) Translated with an introduction by Asghar Sayed-Ghorab, Ph.D. (Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 2014) Zhale Qa'em-Maquami's Mirror of Dew is a collection of...
Modest Fashion: Styling Bodies, Mediating Faith
Reina Lewis, editor. London, IB Tauris 232pp Paperback Hardcover (15.99 [pounds sterling]). ISBN 9780415669962 Finally it seems the academic study of hijab has come of age. The authors in this collection neither treat hijab as an object of curiosity...
Natural Woman, Unnatural Mother: The Convergence of Motherhood and the "Natural" World in Alice Walker's Meridian
Introduction "The very proximity of the maternal body to 'natural' forces often catalyzes antinatural, antimaternal feminisms." Stacy Alaimo, Undomesticated Ground In many cultures motherhood is seen as a blessing and an expected outcome of...
Rethinking Patriarchy, Culture and Masculinity: Transnational Narratives of Gender Violence and Human Rights Advocacy
Introduction Chronicling the vulnerability and suffering of marginalized populations in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, researcher Paul Farmer (2005) asks the critical question, "By what mechanisms, precisely, do social forces...
'Sisters; Was This What We Struggled For?': The Gendered Rivalry in Power and Politics
Introduction Many studies on women's agency in several parts of the world about events surrounding their political lives-sprung up after the critical intervention of pioneering scholars-have tended to assume that women's political involvement and...
The Heart and Stomach of a King: Elizabeth I and the Politics of Sex and Power
The Heart and Stomach of a King: Elizabeth I and the Politics of Sex and Power Second edition, by Carole Levin. 2014. University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia. Pp xx + 264. Includes 12 illustrations and index. $27.50 paperback. ISBN 978-0-2240-1...
The Meaning of Hijab: Voices of Muslim Women in Egypt and Yemen
Introduction This work examines perceptions associated with Islamic dress among a sample of Muslim women in Sana'a, Yemen and Cairo, Egypt. The majority of women in Sana'a wear the niqab in combination with a one-piece balto or abaya, or two-piece...
Turning a Savage eye/I: Writing Survival and Empowerment in Yvonne Vera's the Stone Virgins
Introduction My focus in this paper is on a novel that both thematically and stylistically dramatizes a pathological patriarchal system that engages in the oppression of women and their right to normal, happy and productive lives. I am analyzing...
Veil Bans in Western Europe: Interpreting Policy Diffusion
Introduction Within the first decade of this millennium, several Western European countries introduced Muslim veil-ban legislation in public schools and/or at local levels through city ordinances. Starting with France in 2010, nationwide bans on...
Veiling and Blogging: Social Media as Sites of Identity Negotiation and Expression among Saudi Women
Introduction: the interplay between Saudi Arab culture, society and gender Women in the Middle East in general, and Saudi Arabia in particular, have been portrayed frequently in the Western media as passive, submissive and an oppressed lot. These...
Vulnerability of Elderly Women to Witchcraft Accusations among the Fipa of Sumbawanga, 1961-2010
Introduction The belief in witchcraft and its impacts is widespread in Africa. In the socio-economic sphere as well as among the academic and religious professionals in Tanzania, this belief plays a prominent role. Many people in rural areas of...
Water, Earth, Air, Fire, and Picket Fences
Water, Earth, Air, Fire, and Picket Fences By Carol Smallwood. Published 2014 by Lamar University Press, Beaumont, Texas 116 pages Paperback, $15.00 The relationship between the individual and the natural world can be upended in a moment. Vegetables,...
Wombs in Labor: Transnational Commercial Surrogacy in India
Pande, Amrita. 2014. Columbia University Press. New York. 272 pages. Paper $28.00 Amrita Pande's Wombs in Labor: Transnational Commercial Surrogacy in India is a fascinating look at the world of the Indian surrogate and the choice she makes in an...
Women and the Law in Nigeria: A Reappraisal
Introduction Nigeria is a federal state with a population of about 150 million. Women make up more than half of the population. Nigeria's legal system is pluralist. It is made of up of English common law, customary law, Islamic (Sharia) law and...
You're Trans-Mexi-Fying Right before Our Eyes: Westernized Bodily Features and Beauty Practices in Ugly Betty
Introduction Produced between 1999 and 2001 by Colombia's RCN television, Yo soy Betty, la fea (I am Betty, the Ugly One) has become the most adapted TV series and the most popular telenovela of all time (Blaine, 2007, p. 240). Broadcast in more...
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