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. 15, No. 2, July

Battle of Books! Diverse Trends in Muslim Thought on Women's Issues
Introduction There is an intellectual tension and conflict among Muslim scholars on the rights and position of woman in family and society. However, this conflict among Muslim scholars turns too serious and complex when they present their interpretations...
Colonial Policies and the Rise of Transactional Sex in Kenya
Introduction The policy debate surrounding prostitution has focused on the merits and demerits of three government approaches--prohibition, regulation, and decriminalization--and has largely ignored economic and urban policies in spite of their...
Dowry in Bangladesh: A Search from an International Perspective for an Effective Legal Approach to Mitigate Women's Experiences
Introduction Hafeeza is just one of the thousands of dowry victims whose experiences symbolise the harsh reality for many women living in Bangladesh. She was attacked by her husband just days after her marriage. Angry, he beat her and dragged her...
Elisabeth Louise Vigee le Brun: A Historical Survey of a Woman Artist in the Eighteenth Century
Introduction Elisabeth Louise Vigee Le Brun, 1755-1842, was born in Paris during the reign of Louis XV, 1723-1774. Her life and professional career coincided with a period of profound social and political upheaval which not only led to the French...
Evolving Role of Women in Terror Groups: Progression or Regression?
Introduction Historical references to women as a terrorists are quite limited. There are instances where women have been known to be involved in criminal activities but a woman entering the field of terrorism is a recent phenomenon which, from documented...
Faux Feminism: France's Veil Ban as Orientalism
Introduction In the early months of 2010, French President Nicolas Sarkozy told Parliament that the burqa is "not welcome" in France, citing this as a step to defend France against extremists (as cited in BBC News, 2010, p. 1). The burqa or burka,...
Fragmented Histories, Fragmented Selves: Body Weight Preoccupation among Women in Post-Communist Romania
Introduction The objective of this paper is to examine a particular aspect of cultures undergoing rapid economic, political and social transformation: the emergence of body weight preoccupation in societies previously characterized by food insecurity...
Gender Difference and Poverty in the City of Douala
Introduction After a period of sustained growth, which Cameroon experienced up to the middle of the 1980s accomplishing an annual average growth of 7 percent over a ten-year period, the situation deteriorated from 1986 onward and the country has...
Gender Differences in Aspirations for Career and Marriage among Japanese Young Adults: Evidence from a Large National University in Japan
Introduction It is no longer sufficient to provide career guidance to help students make a career choice at the time of graduation. This is because even if they make a career choice and graduate from school, they would not necessarily continue to...
Gender Neutrality and the Pakistani Bureaucracy
Introduction The Weberian framework is considered to be the basis of the professional code of the Pakistani bureaucracy, having inherited the colonial British Weberian model at its birth in 1947 (Braibanti, 1966). Weber (1968) stressed the importance...
Gender Responsive Budgeting and the Aid Effectiveness Agenda: Experiences from Mozambique
Introduction With the goal of increasing aid effectiveness, developing countries, bilateral and multilateral donors signed the Paris Declaration during the 2nd High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in 2005 (OECD/DAC, 2005). They reconfirmed their...
Involvement and Labor Efficiency of Rural Women in Agricultural Sector: A Study in Darrang District of Assam (India)
Introduction Agriculture is the backbone of the rural economy in India. Over the years, there has been a gradual realization of the role of women in agricultural development and their contribution in the field of agriculture, food security, horticulture,...
Learning to Organize Globally
Introduction Between 1975 and 1995, four world conferences on women took place under the sponsorship of the United Nations. They involved all governments and activists in multi-level multi-year processes of policy debates, formulation, and implementation....
Migrant Women of Johannesburg: Life in an In-Between City
Migrant Women of Johannesburg: Life in an in-Between City by Caroline Wanjiku Kihato. 2013. Wits University Press: Johannesburg pp xvi+174. R270. ISBN 978-1-86814-755-7 In the celebration of the global transgressor of time and space, globalization...
On 'Sisterhood': What Iraqi Kurdish Women Migrants Have to Say about Women and the Commonalities They Share
Introduction The broader research project informing this paper explored the connections between the resettlement experiences of Iraqi Kurdish Muslim women migrants in the UK and interlocking subjectivities that exist and relate to women's gender,...
Performing Democracy in Iraq and South Africa: Gender, Media and Resistance
Performing Democracy in Iraq and South Africa: Gender, Media and Resistance; Kimberley Wedeven Segall; 2014; Syracuse University Press; Syracuse, NY; xxvii + 290pp; e-book. ISBN 978-0-8156-5256-4. The widely held belief in the entrapment and 'imprisonment'...
Safety in the Urban Outdoors: Women Negotiating Fear of Crime in the City of Kolkata
Introduction In India, in urban contexts the effects of globalization has rendered women visible as workers in public spaces but it has not done away with the patriarchal notion that the ' proper' place of women is in the private while streets are...
Sheherazade's Daughters: The Power of Storytelling in Ecofeminist Change by Barbara Bennett
Sheherazade's Daughters: The Power of Storytelling in Ecofeminist Change by Barbara Bennett. 2012. Peter Lang: New York. Pp viii+193. $75. ISSN 1056-3970 The title of the book, Sheherazade's Daughters, serves as a metaphor for Barbara Bennett as...
The Earning Power of Mothers and Children's Time Allocation in Lao PDR
Introduction Feminist scholars have opened up the 'black box" of the household to better understand how the effects of opportunities and constraints vary among household members. An important advance has been the emphasis given to the role of mothers...
Trivializing the Female Body: A Cross-Cultural Analysis of the Representation of Women in Sports Journalism
1. Introduction It is generally held that women are underrepresented in most types of media discourse. In his incisive 1996 study, van Dijk likened the representation given to women and women's issues in the press to that reserved for minorities...
Tunisian Women's Activism after the January 14 Revolution: Looking within and towards the Other Side of the Mediterranean
Introduction The Tunisian revolution (2) has moved on from being described as the most inspiring and outstanding revolt in the Arab world since the beginning of 2011 to a situation where people have experienced deep fragmentations and divisions...
Wife, Mother, Vampire: The Female Role in the Twilight Series
Introduction In Stephenie Meyer's wildly popular Twilight series (2005-2008), Bella Swan and Edward Cullen are in love. The problem is that Bella is a human and Edward is a vampire who thirsts for her blood. Rather than giving into this hunger,...
Women and Entrepreneurship: Female Durability, Persistence and Intuition at Work
Women and Entrepreneurship: Female Durability, Persistence and Intuition at Work; Radovic-Markovic, M., & Alecchi, B. E. A.; Gower Publishing, Ltd.; Surrey; 182; 54 [pounds sterling]. This recent work by Avolio Alecchi and Radovic-Markovic provides...
Women's Liberation in Turkey before the 1980s: The Case of Nezihe Kurtiz
Introduction After being defeated in the First World War, Turkey, under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal, fought a national war of independence between 1919 and 1922 against the European powers. After this war had resulted in the establishment of...
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