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. 4, August

A 'Derailed' Agenda? Black Women's Voices on Workplace Transformation
Introduction "When she transformed into a butterfly, the caterpillars spoke not of her beauty, but of her weirdness. They wanted her to change back into what she always had been. But she had wings." Dean Jackson Leadership is an important issue...
A Syrian Woman's Story: Her Journey from Damascus to the United States
"Assalamu alaykum" followed by "how old is your daughter? May God protect her," these are the questions through which I got to know her when I saw her in one of the mosques in Boston. The question was not strange as it has become the most commonly...
Beauty and the Internet: Old Wine in a New Bottle
Introduction Technology is identified as masculine, is claimed to be embedded in masculine culture, and masculinity is defined in terms of technical skill and competence. However, with each new innovation in technology there are renegotiations of...
Contextualising African Women's Empowerment in Agriculture: Challenges from Climate Change and Mineral Extraction Perspectives
Introduction Women's rights are associated with gender equality, non-discrimination, and children's rights. In line with Article 26 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), there is a provision for equal rights of men...
Convicted without Evidence: Elderly Women and Witchcraft Accusations in Contemporary Nigeria
Introduction Across Africa, a war is being waged on women - but we are refusing to hear the screams. Over the past fortnight, I have travelled into the secretive shadow world that mutilates millions of African women at the beginning of their lives,...
"Der Sozialismus Siegt": Women's Ordinary Lives in an East German Factory
Introduction The German Democratic Republic (GDR) followed the socialist principle that emancipation was possible only if women were equally involved in the work force. Only then could they become socially and economically independent. However,...
Domestic Violence against Women in Ghana: The Attitudes of Men toward Wife-Beating
Domestic violence can be defined as an abuse (psychological/emotional, physical, sexual, and financial) between family members irrespective of sex (Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable, 2008). Psychological/emotional violence involves...
Drinking Coffee in Bosnia: Listening to Stories of Wartime Violence and Rape
Welcome to Bosnia 'This young man, our waiter, graduated from the Faculty of Business and Economics with a high distinction and has now worked as a waiter for the past,--how many years, Jovan?' A young man with deep dark eyes, timidly responded,...
Eating Burnt Toast: The Lived Experiences of Female Breadwinners in South Africa
Evolution of Traditional Gender Roles Historically, major differences have shaped the lives of women from various racial backgrounds in South Africa, but a dominant, patriarchal society has always been present as the one constant, non-racial institution...
Eating Disorders and Constitutive Absence in Contemporary Women's Writing
Introduction Anorexics, like all addicts (and to some degree like most humans), are masters at seeking external solutions to internal sources of emptiness and distress. (Knapp 139) Twenty years ago the two parts of my split self agreed they wanted...
ECOWAS and Free Movement of Persons: African Women as Cross-Border Victims
Introduction Trans-border movement has been the focal point of various regional and sub-regional organizations across the world. Available evidences indicate that human movement in West Africa has been in existence from time immemorial. Trade, search...
Ethnic and Gender Diversity in Top Level Management and Firm Performance: Shareholder's Perspectives
Introduction Developing societal, political and cultural views of corporate board members & top management teams are part of demographic diversity at top management level. In addition, the major factors are better corporate governance and the...
Farming Cooperatives: Opportunities and Challenges for Women Farmers in Jamaica
Introduction The cooperative movement in Jamaica has a long history, stretching over 175 years since the abolition of slavery in 1838. As outlined in a report by the Government of Jamaica (GOJ, 2011) informal cooperatives, formed by peasant farmers...
Gender and Education in Guinea: Increasing Accessibility and Maintaining Girls in School
Introduction The Guinean education system (heavily influenced by culture) is more accessible to boys than it is to girls. Solutions must be found to increase the accessibility of education to primary and secondary aged schoolgirls. For the sake...
Gender Dimensions and Women's Vulnerability in Disaster Situations: A Case Study of Flood Prone Areas Impacting Women in Malabon City, Metro Manila
Introduction This study looked into the function and role of institutional factors particularly the national and local governments in disaster response and mitigation as well as the experiences of women to disaster situations in flood-prone Malabon...
Indigenous Communication: Socio-Economic Characteristics Influencing Contemporary Female Political Participation
Introduction According to Oyesomi, Okorie, Ahmadu &Itsekor (2014), indigenous communication systems are essential elements of the socio-cultural tradition of Africans. These systems have been used to promote co-operation, mobilization and participation...
Lived Experiences and Consequences of Unemployment on Women: An Empirical Study of Unemployed Young Women in Mahalapye, Botswana
Introduction and Background Unemployment is an issue in all regions of the world. In this regard the ratio of women to men is much higher, which suggests that women are more affected than men (Bjorklund et al., 2015). According to the International...
Nepal Himalaya: Women, Politics, and Administration
Introduction The Maoist movement (1996-2006) in Nepal has somehow empowered Nepali women. The empowerment is associated with "recruiting women in the military (Yami 2006), inculcating in them the sense of women's rights, providing them with some...
Sex Wars Revisited: A Rhetorical Economy of Sex Industry Opposition
Introduction In the feminist 'sex wars' of the 1980s and 1990s, prostitution was a defining issue. This activist and academic confrontation over what Chancer (78) describes as competing claims of sexist oppression and sexual repression constructed...
The Case of Rose Bird: Gender, Politics, and the California Courts
The Case of Rose Bird: Gender, Politics, and the California Courts. Cairns, Kathleen A., 2016. University of Nebraska Press: Lincoln. 328 pages. Photographs, appendix, index included. From the pages of California's court case history, author Kathleen...
The Exploitation of Women and Social Change in the Writing of Nawal El-Saadawi
Introduction Nawal El-Saadawi, an Egyptian writer and physician, was born in rural Egypt on 1931. The consent of her mother to the violation her body (Khitan) in childhood and her personal experience as a girl, always inferior to her brother in...
Tracing the Development of the Tunisian 1956 Code of Personal Status
Introduction Tunisia's unique position in the Arab world in terms of women's emancipation and the overall improvement of their status can be attributed to a combination of historical, political and social factors: the country's 'so-called' homogeneity,...
Uncertainty and Resistance in Jordanian Women's Perceptions of Their Positionings in Society
Introduction The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has the lowest overall gender equality in the world (Ministry of Planning, 2011). Within the region, Jordan has been regulating laws that protect women's rights and promote equality between...
Urban Nowhere: Loss of Self in Lydia Davis' Stories and Wang Anyi's Brothers
Introduction Although many political, economic, cultural and ideological differences between China and the US are sharp and clear, there is one questionable popular belief in both countries: the US (and the West in general) is individual-oriented,...
Women in Political Positions and Countries' Level of Happiness
Introduction Substantial research and literature has focused on the level of happiness in nations (Helliwell & Wang, 2012; Kalmijn & Veenhoven, 2005; Verme, 2009; Veenhoven, 2012). Most of these studies have looked at how happy citizens...
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