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. 2, January

A Comparative Study in the MENA Region within Gender Equality Perspective
Introduction The Bahraini constitution of 2002 in Article 1(e) (3) and Article 18 (4), as well as the Jordanian constitution in Article 6(i), (5) clearly states the principle of equality among all citizens in all political, social, and economic...
AIDS Awareness Interventions for Women: The Role of Voluntary Organizations in the Secunderabad and Hyderabad Region of Southwestern India
Introduction Women's health, women's empowerment, and AIDS eradication are all global concerns incorporated among the seven Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) propounded by the United Nations [UN Millennium Report 2005]. Goal six of the eight millennium...
'Better off Dead'-Sashas Story of Living with Vaginal Fistula
Introduction The logic for this paper rests upon a cliche: 'one picture is worth a thousand words.' In doing so, we propose that our case study of one woman's story conveyed herein represents the stories of thousands of others who have experienced...
Can My Wife Be Virtual-Adulterous? an Experiential Study on Facebook, Emotional Infidelity and Self-Disclosure
Introduction Scholars (Anim, 2013; Burke, 2013; Colas, 2013; Suleiman, 2013) posit that social media allows people to create a profile or identity through which one can show others who one is, create lists and links to things one supports and likes,...
Challenging Queer as "Neoliberal": The Radical Politics of South Asian Diasporic Lesbian Representational Culture
Introduction In both scholarly and everyday understandings, queer politics in India is, at times, dubbed "neoliberal" because such politics show undeniable influences of western models of engagement. Such interpretations come from both right and...
Elder Northfield's Home or, Sacrificed on the Mormon Altar: A Story of the Blighting Curse of Polygamy
Elder Northfield's Home or, Sacrificed on the Mormon Altar: A Story of the Blighting Curse of Polygamy, A. Jennie Bartlett, Edited with an Introduction by Nicole Tonkovich, 2015. University of Nebraska Press: Lincoln. 313 pages. Endnotes included....
Enemies of the State: Curbing Women Activists Advocating Rape Reform in Sudan
Introduction (2) Sudanese women activists launched a legal campaign in 2009, calling attention to how the country's Sharia-based Criminal Act of 1991 produced impunity for rape in the Darfur conflict in which the use of sexual violence as a war...
Exploring the Relationship between Gender and Acceptance of Authority at an Arab School in Israel
Introduction The issues of Arab women acquiring higher education and the feminization of education have brought about a remarkable increase in the rate of Arab women in the teaching force and with it, slow entrance into management jobs in education...
Feminist Edges of the Qur'an
Feminist Edges of the Qur'an, Aysha A. Hidayatullah, 2014. Oxford University Press: Oxford. 259 pages. 16.99 [pounds sterling]. ISBN 978 0 19 935957 8. In Feminist Edges of the Qur 'an, Hidayatullah provides a compelling synthesis on the development...
From the Hammer to the Fist: The Pleasures and Dangers of March, Progress and Protest in Creating Social Justice from the First Wave to the Present
Postmodern feminist women all struggle for fair representation under the law; whether it is a battle over control of their own bodies, access to public space without facing street harassment, or basic rights to equal pay, their bodies are the center...
Globalization as a Racial Project: Implications for Human Trafficking
Introduction Global estimates of the total number of human trafficking victims range from 20.9 million (ILO, 2012) to 27 million (TIP Report, 2013). Human trafficking is considered by some to be the largest systematic abuse of human rights in the...
Islamic Values in Elderly Care in Finland: The Perspective of Muslim Women Caregivers
Introduction Finland has traditionally had an ethnically homogenous population, but in recent decades, the country has experienced an increase in the number of immigrants. In 2012, the number of foreigners resident in the country was 195,000, accounting...
Making Change-Nordic Examples of Working towards Gender Equality in the Media
Making Change-Nordic Examples of Working Towards Gender Equality in the Media, Maria Edstrom & Ragnhild Molster (eds), 2014. Nordicom. Goteborg, Sweden. 203 pages. Illustrations included. 16,000 Euro or 15,000 kr, paperback. Introduction ...
Overcoming Obstacles to Educational Access for Kenyan Girls: A Qualitative Study
Background to the Study: My Story Despite multiple policy initiatives, and notwithstanding repeated promises of "education for all," significant inequalities in educational attainment persist across Kenya's citizens (Kramon, E. et al. 2012). Growing...
Parental Educational Aspiration and Gender Inequality of Rural Children in Bangladesh: The Role of Parental Attitudes of Traditional Gender Role, Gender Biased Capability, and Gender
Introduction Gender inequality in education has long been an issue deserving proper attention in Bangladesh. Although in recent years Bangladesh has registered significant improvement in gender disparity in the enrolments at the primary and secondary...
Questioning the 'Muslim Woman': Identity and Insecurity in an Urban Indian Locality
Questioning the 'Muslim Woman': Identity and Insecurity in an Urban Indian Locality, Nida Kirmani, 2013. Routledge, India. 246 pp. [INR].695. Nida Kirmani's work challenges the category of 'Indian Muslims' in general and 'Muslim Women' in particular...
Reproductive Health and Human Rights: Lessons from Ireland
Introduction The years between 2008-2013 were a period of economic austerity and ideological turmoil in Ireland. Alongside the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar, a woman who died in 2012 due to complications resulting from her refused request...
Science, Gender, and History: The Fantastic in Mary Shelley and Margaret Atwood
Science, Gender, and History: The Fantastic in Mary Shelley and Margaret Atwood, Suparna Banerjee, 2014. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. 160 pages. Index included. ISBN (10): 1-4438-6220-7. ISBN (13): 978-1-4438-6220-2. 41.99...
Sexual Identity and Disturbed Intellectual Female Terrain in J. M. Coetzee's Foe and Jabra Ibrahim Jabra's the Ship: An Ecofeminist Reading
Introduction: Space, Place, and Female Identity: An Ecofeminist Reading In 'human geography', space and place are central concepts. While place is seen as 'a portion of geographical space' or as a 'territor[y] of meaning' (Holt-Jenson 224), and...
Survival on the Edge: Seawomen of Iceland
Survival on the Edge: Seawomen of Iceland, Margaret Willson, 2016. University of Washington: Seattle. 312 pages. 20 Illustrations, 2 Maps, 2 Tables, 3 Appendices included. $34.95, hardcover. In most countries, seafaring has traditionally been a...
The Maternal Lineage: Orality and Language in Natalia Ginzburg's Family Sayings
We are made of time. We are its feet and its voice. The Feet of time walk in our shoes. Sooner or later, we all know, the wind of time will erase the tracks. Passage of nothing, steps of no one? The voices of time tell of the voyage. "Time Tells"...
Virginia Woolf: Essays on the Self
Virginia Woolf: Essays on the Self, Joanna Kavenna, 2014. Notting Hill Editions: London. 187 pages. Woolf's picture and Biography, Index, Kavenna's Introduction, Notes included. [pounds sterling]14.99, hardcover. Virginia Woolf: Essays on the Self,...
Women and the City, Women in the City: A Gendered Perspective on Ottoman Urban History
Women and the City, Women in the City: A Gendered Perspective on Ottoman Urban History Nazan Maksudya, 2014. Berghahn Books: New York. 1-195 pages. Illustrations, Photographs, Appendix to some chapters included. $85, hardcover. Women and the City,...
Women in Management: Challenges and Gaps in Public Institutions in Ethiopia
Introduction and Background to the Study Ethiopia, with a total area of 1,103,609 square meters, is located in the horn of Africa; its plateau covers 2/3 of the country. According to the recent census report of CSA (2007), the total population of...
Women, Serpent and Devil: Female Devilry in Hindu and Biblical Myth and Its Cultural Representation: A Comparative Study
Representation of women as evil, or association of women with the Devil, in literature has its root in Genesis of the Bible. Though pagan mythologies of ancient religions are replete with numerous examples of dangerous and seductive women like Roman...
Women's Rights and Voice in the Ready-Made Garments Sector of Bangladesh: Evidence from Theory and Practice
Introduction Since the 1980s, the rise of the ready-made garments (RMG) sector has opened up the door that made it possible for poor people, particularly women, to potentially lead a better life in Bangladesh (Kabeer, n. d, para. 31; Kabeer &...
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