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. 18, No. 1, November

Buddhism and Women-The Dhamma Has No Gender
The evolving influence of Buddhism in the West The increasing influence and relevance of Buddhism in its various forms in the global society of the 21st century have given rise to a vibrant and evolving movement, particularly in the West, loosely...
Dignity and Empowerment: An Exploration of the Microcredit Experiences of Women in Rural Bangladesh
Introduction Modern microcredit as a tool of economic and social development emerged in rural Bangladesh and worldwide through the pioneer organization the Grameen Bank, established in the 1970s. Microcredit continues to be touted as the tool and...
Effects of Armed Conflict on Agricultural Markets and Post-Conflict Engagement of Women in Export-Led Agriculture in Nepal
Introduction Nepal faced a bloody armed insurgency waged by the United Communist party of Nepal (Maoist) [hereinafter referred to as the UCPN (M) (3)] for a decade (1996-2006). It ended after the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA)...
Feminizing Responsibility? Women's 'Invisible' Labor and Sub-Contracted Production in South India
Introduction Since the last two decades of the 20th century, there has been a growing global recognition of women as economic actors, who make a vital contribution to the survival of low-income households and communities. International aid agencies...
Fetishizing Women: Advertising in Indian Television and Its Effects on Target Audiences
Introduction Advertisements are a powerful means of social communication. They are an important tool used by marketers to promote their goods, services or ideas to their prospective customers. Kotler and Keller (2008) have defined advertising as...
Introduction: Empowering Future Generations of Women and Girls: Empowering Humanity: Select Proceedings from the Second World Conference on Women's Studies
The current collection of articles was first presented as papers at the Second World Conference on Women's Studies, hosted by The International Institute of Knowledge Management (TIIKM), May 5-6, 2016 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Authors subsequently built...
Learning from the Past, Planning for the Future: Empowering Future Generations of Women and Girls: A Keynote Address for the Second World Conference on Women's Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka, May 5, 2016
Introduction I am deeply honored to be here to offer you some thoughts about the current and future condition of women and girls around the world through the lens of "empowerment". It is rather a daunting task, and therefore I would like to thank...
On-the-Job Stress: Interventions to Improve the Occupational Well-Being of Policewomen in Assam, India
Introduction Today in India, many women are striving for equality with men outside of the home, including making contributions to the nation by entering into once male-dominated professions such as the police force. Considered as one of the more...
Prevention of Sexual Harassment of Women in the Workplace: Seeking Gender Equality at Work in India
Introduction: Defining Sexual Harassment Any act, action or behavior with an underlying sexual connotation done to intimidate or humiliate a victim can be classified as sexual harassment. It may comprise of a single act or a series of them, and...
Protecting Women from Domestic Violence in Assam, India? Evaluating Section 498-A, the Indian Penal Code (IPC), 1983 vs the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act (PWDVA), 2005
Introduction Violence is an act of coercion upon any individual. Globally, men experience higher levels of physical violence than women due to war, gang-related activity, street violence, and suicide, while women and girls are more likely to be...
Relevance of Education for Women's Empowerment in Punjab, Pakistan
Introduction In this paper, I focus particularly on the impact of education as an agent of change, and one of the measures of the status of women in Punjabi/Pakistani society. I explore the correlation between female education and its impact, through...
Rural Women Artists: A Visual Analysis of the Mural Art Forms of Santhal Pargana, Jharkhand, India
Introduction The relationship among women, art, and society is a valuable framework for examining the changing social circumstances of Indian women artists. The cultural legacy of women artists and their visual art practices are now being accepted...
Signatures of a Collective Self: A Study of Select Contemporary Women Artists from South India
Introduction India has long remained a nation in which past and present enmesh to create a culture which at best is a shimmering mosaic and at worst a fragile mirage. In India the divide between the north and South is also an intangible reality...
Social Media Advertising and Public Awareness: Touching the LGBT Chord!
Introduction LGBT rights and the contemporary situation in India Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people face ample problems in India which are not faced by non-LGBT people. They are looked down upon by other people. Sexual activity between...
Teaching Authorship, Gender and Identity through Grrrl Zines Production
Introduction Zine studies is a multi-disciplinary field of study that has developed predominantly in the United States and the United Kingdom and is at the intersection with art history, aesthetic theory, crafting and design, literary studies, queer...
Tracing Variegated Streaks of Feminism in the French Lieutenant's Woman through Pinteresque Jigsaw
Dealing with a work of art visited creatively thrice and critically on a numerous occasion is like walking into an intellectual conundrum where the clue at the vertical end leaves us out at the horizontal. The paper attempts to deal with one such intellectual...
"We Know the Taste of Sugar Because of Cardamom Production" Links among Commercial Cardamom Farming, Women's Involvement in Production and the Feminization of Poverty
Introduction Scientific studies demonstrate that the commercialization of agriculture is the key to economic development and poverty reduction in developing countries (Kristen et al 2012; Wiggins et al 2011). Enhancing peoples' participation in...
Women Homeworkers in Thailand's Digital Economy
Introduction Thailand has a population of 67.2 million people. The participation of women in the labor force has always been high, and married women continue to work throughout their lives, even while raising children. The Labor Force Survey (June...
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