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. 6, August

Apology or No Apology: Indigenous Models of Subjection and Emancipation in Pakistani Women's Fiction
Introduction This survey paper focuses on Pakistani Anglophone literary narratives that figure out the multiple identities of victimized women as opposed to the commonly endorsed essentialist and reductive argument that is too easily conscripted...
Australian Women's Anti-Nuclear Leadership: The Framing of Peace and Social Change
Introduction The recent hand-holding of North and South Korean Presidents gives rise to the notion of peace and environmental justice, and greater reconciliation between these nations, along with aspirations for world-wide nuclear disarmament. Such...
Biblical Moral Inquest into Tradition of Suspicion of Treachery on African Women upon Husband's Death
Introduction According to (Manyedi, Koen and Greef, 2003, p. 78), "The in-laws can frustrate you, they have a lot to say and according to our belief, when the husband dies the wife has contributed, but when the wife dies no, it is normal." The quotation...
Building Resilient Societies: The Relevance of UNSCR 1325 in Egypt's Political Transition
Introduction One of the most common headline themes during the Arab Spring was how women have emerged as key players and how they were participating shoulder to shoulder with men during the revolution. However, the follow up on whether any of this...
Corporate Social Responsibility and Gender Commitments of Commercial Banks in Bangladesh
Introduction Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a widely accepted framework in different discourses for a philanthropic view of business corporations today. CSR issues are applied in various sectors of society and human activities that include...
Defying Marginalization: Emergence of Women's Organizations and the Resistance Movement in Pakistan: A Historical Overview
Introduction The term 'civil society' is contested, and carries many definitions. However, for the purpose of this paper we take it as an intermediate sphere of activities, carried out by individual/family or groups for public betterment. We use...
Ecofeminist Therapy: From Theory to Practice
Introduction Feminism has long been concerned with social injustices resulting from an entrenched patriarchal system that devalues women and other marginalized groups. Ecopsychology represents an attempt "to reexamine the human psyche as an integral...
El Saadawi Does Not Orientalize the Other in Woman at Point Zero
Introduction On the one hand, Nawal El Saadawi has been criticized for writing for the West. Alia Mamdouh criticizes El Saadawi for turning creativity into "a lab to show sick samples which are deformed and which she represents as generalized social...
Epistemology Revisited: A Feminist Critique
Introduction Non-homogeneous and fractured to the core, feminism, a political ideology, harbors tensions and some circularity in its beliefs in which we can find the reasons for a vehement opposition against western epistemology and also a methodological...
Exploring Women's Perspectives of Family Planning: A Qualitative Study from Rural Papua New Guinea
Introduction The links between family planning and prevention of maternal deaths and morbidity are long established (Petruney, Wilson, Stanback, & Jr, 2014)--prevention of unplanned and risky pregnancies could reduce global maternal deaths by...
Family-Work Conflict and Performance of Women-Owned Enterprises: The Role of Social Capital in Developing Countries-Implications for South Africa and Beyond
Introduction In the past two decades, female entrepreneurs have attracted a great amount of attention due to the immense impact they have on the economy of every country, especially in their ability to create jobs for themselves and others, alleviate...
Fighting Prejudice: Campaigns on Gender Violence in Spain
Introduction "But there is one universal truth, applicable to all countries, cultures and communities: violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable." Former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon Among...
Gendered Portrayals of Domestic Work in Indian Television
Introduction The ongoing communications revolution has opened up possibilities of accelerating development, especially for the betterment of women and children. Media structures and systems have also undergone a sea change with privatisation and...
Gender (In)equality and Gender Politics in Southeastern Europe: A Question of Justice. Edited by Christine Hassentab & Sabrina P. Ramet. 2015. Palgrave Macmillan. 380 Pages; Appendix and Index Included; Hardcover: $119.99, Softcover: $109.99
The collapse of the Soviet Union, while not completely unexpected, was certainly a bit abrupt. As the regime fell, the influence of socialism across Eastern Europe also began a dramatic, rapid decline. The result served as a catalyst that had a number...
Gender Mainstreaming and Gender Policies in Contemporary Taiwan
Introduction In the post-Cold War era of the 1990s, Taiwan, an island a hundred miles east of Mainland China, was transformed into a newly consolidated democracy. Thereafter feminist activists from newly formed non-governmental organizations (NGOs)...
How Children of LGBQ Parents Negotiate Courtesy Stigma over the Life Course
Introduction Currently, six million people in the United States have at least one lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) parent (Gates 2013). Non-heterosexual people become parents in a variety of ways--through routine different-sex sexual...
Inequality Analyses of Gendering Jordanian Citizenship and Legislative Rights
Introduction The Jordanian political-social system is based mainly on ruling families and conservative elements, both of which look at themselves as beneficiaries of a system under threat from particular movements and ideologies connected with modernity....
Intersectionality and an Intra-Household Analysis of the Freedom to Make Decisions on the Use of Household Products: Evidence from Rural Tanzania
Introduction Ability to Benefit from Goods Produced by a Household In non-monetized rural economies, productive resources such as land for farming are owned at the household level, with different household members using these resources in the...
'Playing It Right?': Gendered Performances of Professional Respectability and 'Authenticity' in Greek Academia
Introduction This paper is concerned with Greek women's gendered projects of professional recognition, success and 'authenticity' in Greek Medical Schools. In this paper I draw on the career narratives of a diverse sample of Greek academics to investigate...
Similarities and Contrasts of the Culture of Women's "Otherness" in English and Persian Languages: Analysis of Bhutto's Daughter of the East
Introduction Simone de Beauvoir takes an existentialist view on women in The Second Sex where she discussed the fact that men and women belong to the same world but with an important difference. In her view, men's world is a self-defined and self-explained...
Speaking and Silence as Means of Resistance in Alifa Rifaat's Distant View of a Minaret and Bahiyya's Eyes
Introduction "The subject is what speaks, or, more precisely, what signifies, and subjects learn in culture to reproduce or to challenge the meanings and values inscribed in the signifying practices of the society that shapes them." -Neil Badmington,...
The War on Terror Is a War on Women: The Impact of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism on Women's Education in Swat, Khyber Pukhtunkhwah (Pakistan)
Introduction Terrorism and the war on terror are two major sources of disruption and violence in Pakistan and Afghanistan. These conflicts have greatly affected the common peoples' lives with intense destruction of their education system, particularly...
Undoing the 'Madwoman': A Minor History of Uselessness, Dementia and Indenture in Colonial Fiji
Introduction How should one read the blot of 'uselessness' smeared upon indentured Indian women who failed to satisfy the terms specified in the indenture agreement, girmit? Is it possible to undo the colonizer's correlation between 'unproductivity'...
Using a Model of Economic Solvency to Understand the Connection between Economic Factors and Intimate Partner Violence
Introduction Economic issues are often major factors contributing to the beginning and continuation of intimate partner violence. Although intimate partner violence against women can occur in any relationship, women with low income are at higher...
Vulnerabilities of Women Workers in the Readymade Garment Sector of Bangladesh: A Case Study of Rana Plaza
Introduction The contemporary phase of globalization has created a unique prospect for women to be considered as important contributors to the global labour force (i.e. women consist 1.3 billion of the total global labour force, English, 2013:67)....
Women and Death in Film, Television, and News by Joanne Clarke Dillman. 2014. Palgrave-Macmillan, New York and Basingstoke, Hampshire. 207 Pages. Photographs and Index Included Hardcover and Softcover: $95.00; E-Book: $74.99
The subtitle of Joanne Clarke Dillman's very thoughtful book is "Dead But Not Gone" and the clear message she has for readers is that once images of dead women are a part of the media landscape, those women become symbols of cultural interpretations...
Women in Iranian Cinema: Moving beyond Conventional Legends
Iranian cinema has been flourishing since the late ' 80s with the works of Abbas Kiarostami, Bahram Beyzaie, Tahmineh Milani, Rakhshan Banietemad, Majid Majidi, Asghar Farhadi, Pouran Derakhshandeh, and other internationally renowned filmmakers. Statistics...
Women in Twentieth-Century Africa. by Iris Berger, 2016. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge: XVI + 233 Pp. Illustrations, Maps, Reference and Further Reading, Index Included. Price Not Listed. Paperback
The problematic dialectic of tradition and modernization has recently become a central topic in the study of African history, culture and contemporaneity. Historian Iris Berger adds to these discussions through a particular focus on the experience...
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