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. 19, No. 3, April

"13 Lunas 13/13 Moons 13: A Video-Project about Sexuality and Menstruation"
Genealogy of a Project The subject of menstruation is filled with powerful socio-cultural implications involving language, religion and gender relations. Yet, the topic is often relegated to silence, considered taboo, and strongly associated with...
A Comparative Study of Influential Factors Impacting Women's Activities in Traditional and Modern Neighborhood Spaces in Tehran, Iran
Introduction Public spheres are the domains which allow individuals to congregate and engage in face-to-face encounters and interactions. Urban spaces are designed to meet social communication needs as spaces sustain people both mentally and emotionally,...
A Gender Perspective on Role Performance of Elected Panchayat Leaders in India
Introduction "Women represent half the potential talents and skills of humanity and their under-representation in decision-making is a loss for society as a whole." --First European Summit on Women in Decision-making (Athens, 1992) Panchayats have...
Boxed Women in Public Administration-Between Glass Ceilings and Glass Walls: A Study of Women's Participation in Public Administration in the Arab States
Introduction There is a rhetorical global consensus that equal access and effective participation of women and men in political, economic and administrative decision-making is a precondition for democracy and sustainable development. However, the...
Changing Equations: Empowerment, Entrepreneurship and the Welfare of Women
Introduction The world has been an unfair place for the so-called "fairer sex" or as Simone de Beauvoir described it, the "second sex". While battles were fought over differences, there was one thing common to most societies and that was the subordination...
Deliberate Ceiling for Career Progress of Female Public Service Employees: A Contemporary Transformation Trend in South Africa
Introduction Female representation in managerial levels has increased on a global level in recent decades. In spite of this increase, research indicates limitations to progress due to barriers to entry specific to senior level leadership. Women...
Examining Agency in Agriculture: The Feminization Debate in Nepal
Introduction This paper examines intra-household division of labour and how it influences the phenomenon of feminization in citrus producing areas of Sindhuli District. By presenting cross-case and intra-case analyses, the paper addresses the gendered...
Gender, Race and Justification: The Value of Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) in Contemporary Settler Colonial Contexts
Introduction: the sociopolitical context In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) released ninety-four calls to action outlining concrete ways that Canadian individuals, governments and institutions can work to redress the...
Imaging the Woman through Tanzanian Women's Maxims
Introduction Women's maxims have had prominence for quite a long time in Tanzania. However, no study has been done to analyze them in terms of their contribution to women's literature, group identity, gender relations and culture. This paper therefore...
Introduction to the Second Special Issue of the World Conference on Women's Studies, Colombo Sri Lanka JIWS
We are pleased to present to you a special issue of the Journal of International Women's Studies. This issue is a compilation of selected papers from the third iteration of the World Conference on Women's Studies (WCWS), co-organized by the editors...
Narratives of Agency: Women, Islam, and the Politics of Economic Participation in Afghanistan
Introduction I always like to attend the local mosque in my neighbourhood when I can, but as soon as the mullah starts preaching that Afghan women should stay at home and not go out in public, I leave. And sometimes I challenge my male relatives when...
Reinforcing Sexism and Misogyny: Social Media, Symbolic Violence and the Construction of Femininity-as-Fail
Introduction Many Caribbean women in the 21st Century perceive themselves as agentic, as decision makers who have opportunities through education and labour to improve their quality of life and pursue chosen ventures without restriction. As Ellis...
The Pedagogy of Difference: Co-Producing Feminist Consciousness across Borders
Regarding Difference In May 2017 I was asked to do a keynote address to the Third, World Conference on Women's Studies, held in Colombo, Sri Lanka on the theme of "Building Resilience: Dialogue, Collaboration and Partnerships across Our Differences"....
The Role of the Family in Crime Causation: A Comparative Study of 'Family of Orientation' and 'Family of Procreation'-A Study of Women Prisoners in the Central Jails of Rajasthan
Introduction The family is the fundamental building block of human society. There is much to be learned about the effects of family life on delinquency and crime. Family life addresses not only the family life of children who may commit juvenile...
The Victimization of the "Muslim Woman": The Case of Amina Filali, Morocco
Introduction Laura Bush said back in 2002: "Because of our recent military gains in much of Afghanistan, women are no longer imprisoned in their homes, they can listen to music and teach their daughters without fear of punishment, the fight against...
Writing with vs. Writing About: Co-Producing Consciousness-Raising Fiction with Young Women from Aid-Supported Communities in Malawi
Introduction The research project Writing with vs Writing about: co-producing consciousness raising fiction with young women from aid-supported communities came about through my involvement with educational and skills based programs at the Home...
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