Category Archives: Sisters In Other Nations

A Swedish Perspective on Surrogacy and Commerce in Women’s Bodies

The Swedish Women’s Lobby makes its views on surrogacy known in Surrogacy: A Global Trade in Women’s Bodies, over at mercatonet.com.  Here is an excerpt: The Swedish Women’s Lobby strongly opposes surrogate motherhood. Our position is that surrogacy is a … Continue reading

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#BringBackOurDaughters, #BringBackOurGirls

#BringBackOurDaughters, #BringBackOurGirls The kidnapped girls of Chibok are on my mind. On April 15, 2014, armed men kidnapped well over two hundred Nigerian schoolgirls (estimates range up 276) from their school. The kidnapping occurred at the Government Girls Secondary School, … Continue reading

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New Book Announcement: “Gender and Violence in Haiti”

Rutgers University Press has published a new book by Benedetta Faedi Duramy (Golden Gate).  Here is the publisher’s description of Gender and Violence in Haiti: Women’s Path from Victims to Agents: Women in Haiti are frequent victims of sexual violence … Continue reading

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French in an Uproar about Judith Butler’s Gender Theories

From the Boston Globe: On Feb. 2, Paris once again became a vast political stage. One hundred thousand demonstrators had gathered, galvanized by a danger looming over the Republic. The threat was not, as in times past, fascism or Nazism, … Continue reading

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CFP: Transnational Queer Activism

From the FLP mailbox, this CFP: Transnational Queer Activism Janice Irvine and Jill Irvine, eds. This call for papers seeks contributions to an edited volume on transnational queer and LGBT politics, movements, and activism. This volume will feature work that … Continue reading

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Helie and Ashe on “Multiculturalist Liberalism and Harms to Women”

Anissa Helie (CUNY, John Jay College of Criminal Justice) and Marie Ashe (Suffolk) have posted to SSRN their article Multiculturalist Liberalism and Harms to Women: Looking Through the Issue of ‘The Veil’, 19 UC Davis J. of Int’l L. & … Continue reading

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Israel Faces a New Front of Segregation

Two female soldiers were recently punished because one was braiding the other’s hair outside of the tent. A religious soldier complained that this was an immodest behavior, and the two were disciplined. The public uproar made the military reverse their … Continue reading

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All-woman team from Ethiopia looks to compete in Jessup moot competition

Here’s an excerpt from a message Diane Marie Amann has posted over  on IntLawGrrls: “For the 1st time in history, a team made up solely of women will represent Ethiopia in the final rounds of the Jessup International Law Moot Court … Continue reading

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg headlines Thomas Jefferson Law School Women and Law Conference

Last Friday, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke at the 13th Annual Women and Law Conference at Thomas Jefferson Law School. A packed house listened as panelists discussed a variety of issues relating to women in the judiciary, and the highlight … Continue reading

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“Why it is important to integrate human rights into international policy-making”

From Equality Now: The Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has just returned from a business trip to Britain, where she met President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia and UK Prime Minister David Cameron.  In Liberia, more than 58% of women … Continue reading

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African Probate & Prolicy Initiative at U Miami School of Law

The ABA Journal reported here on the University of Miami School of Law’s new African Probate & Policy Initiative.  Here’s an excerpt: If a Tanzanian man dies without a will, his property goes to his family of origin. If he … Continue reading

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“Women in China Face Rising University Entry Barriers”

Some of the parallels with the United States are stunning. This NYT article provides an overview of “a growing trend in Chinese universities in which women increasingly must score higher than men to get in and face unofficial but widespread … Continue reading

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“IKEA Regrets Women Erased From Saudi Catalog”

Compare the annual IKEA catalogs disbursed around the world and they are nearly identical, save for a slight difference. The difference is not in the Swedish translations of the furniture or the mock layouts of the numerous living rooms in … Continue reading

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Yxta Maya Murray on “Anglo-American Radical Feminism’s Constitutionalism in the Streets”

Yxta Maya Murray has posted to SSRN her article ‘Creating New Categories': Anglo-American Radical Feminism’s Constitutionalism in the Streets, 9 Hastings Race & Poverty L.J. 454 (2012).  Here is the abstract: In 1968 and 1970, U.S. and British radical feminists … Continue reading

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Iranian Women Now Barred From Numerous College Majors Including Engineering, Nuclear Physics, Computer Science, English Literature, Archaeology and Business.

From the BBC News: More than 30 universities have introduced new rules banning female students from almost 80 different degree courses. These include a bewildering variety of subjects from engineering, nuclear physics and computer science, to English literature, archaeology and … Continue reading

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The Price of Sex: Film-maker risks life by going undercover to expose global trade in sex slaves

The official website for The Price of Sex is here. It provides this summary: The Price of Sex is a feature-length documentary about young Eastern European women who’ve been drawn into a netherworld of sex trafficking and abuse. Intimate, harrowing … Continue reading

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The ILS Law College, Pune, India is pleased to host the inaugural International Conference on Feminism and the Law: Revisiting the Past, Rethinking the Present and Thinking the Way Forward from February 10-12, 2012.

Details here!

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The Conditions for Women in Chinese Prisons May Be Improving

At least according to this NYT article. There is also some comparative information including the claim that women are not shackled during childbirth in Chinese prisons, and this: In the United States and in China, women now account for about … Continue reading

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Gender, Religion and Military Service in Israel

If this topic is of interest, read “What Happens When the Two Israels Meet,” an Op-Ed by Shani Boianjiu in the NYT.

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CFP: International Review of Law Special Issue on Domestic Violence

From the FLP mailbox: CALL FOR PAPERS The International Review of Law Journal is seeking articles for a special issue on domestic violence to be published in Spring 2013. Our goal is to showcase practical and theoretical accomplishments and challenges … Continue reading

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Corcos on “The Shift to Equal Rights of Succession to Thrones and Titles in the Modern European Constitutional Monarchy”

Christine Corcos (LSU) has posted to SSRN an abstract of her article forthcoming in the Michigan State Law Review.  Here it is: On October 27, 2011, the heads of the British Commonwealth member states agreed to remove barriers to the … Continue reading

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CFP: IMPRINTS Virtual Journal of the International Models Project on Women’s Rights

From the FLP mailbox, this CFP: The International Models Project on Women’s Rights (IMPOWR) is an initiative of the ABA Section of International Law and our goal is to establish a global, collaborative research database on women’s rights under law. … Continue reading

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American Journalist Sexually Assaulted by Egyptian Gov’t Forces

Author and activist Mona Eltahawy is back in New York after being arrested, detained and sexually assaulted by members of the Egyptian Interior Ministry last week. Read her Twitter account of the incident here.  Her left arm and right hand were … Continue reading

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CFP: Lenahan (Gonzales) vs. U.S.: Domesticating International Law

From colleagues at American: Call for Symposium Papers- Lenahan (Gonzales) v. United States of America: Domesticating International Law. Symposium will be held at American University Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C. on April 17, 2012. Deadline for Submission of Abstracts is January … Continue reading

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Women, Power, and Development

From the Asia Sentinel, this article:  Do Women in Power Act Differently From Men?  Here an excerpt: Several studies of women’s involvement in environmental protection cited below seem to indicate that they do – marginally. How that plays itself out … Continue reading

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Research Resource: Gender Jurisprudence Collections at American University

Earlier this semester, the War Crimes Research Office and the Women and International Law Program at American University Washington College of Law announced the launch of the Gender Jurisprudence Collections (GJC).  Here is an excerpt from the school’s press release: … Continue reading

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Database of Laws Affecting Women

The World Bank’s Gender Law Library (here) looks as if it might be useful to researchers.  Here’s the description: The Gender Law Library is a collection of national legal provisions impacting women’s economic status in 183 economies. The database facilitates … Continue reading

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“Arab and Arab American Feminisms: Gender, Violence, and Belonging”

Overview here, below is an except: Arab and Arab American Feminisms, edited by Rabab Abdulhadi, Evelyn Alsultany, and Nadine Naber, is a book I wish every feminist/womanist would pick up. Though it is mostly academic in nature, the book is … Continue reading

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A Right to be a Parent? IVF in Israel

Today’s New York Times has this interesting story on reproductive medicine in Israel.  In “Where Families Are Prized, Help Is Free,” Dina Kraft reports: Jewish and Arab, straight and gay, secular and religious, the patients who come to Assuta Hospital … Continue reading

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Guest Blogger Amanda Gonzalez: How We Can Support Legal Education for Women in the United States…and Abroad

In the United States, women have a long way to go to reach parity with men when it comes to partnerships in leading law firms. Despite strides, women are still only 16% of equity partners at major law firms and … Continue reading

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Some Say CEDAW is Bad Idea

Christina Hoff Sommers, Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, writes here in the Policy Review on Feminism by Treaty: Why CEDAW is Still a Bad Idea.  Here is an excerpt: The question the Senate has … Continue reading

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Rebuilding Sierra Leone

In April my South Carolina colleague Joel Samuels organized and hosted a conference entitled “Rebuilding Sierra Leone: Changing Institutions and Culture”. Valerie Oosterveld posted about it at IntLawGrrls and I’ve been remiss in not posting about it sooner. By all accounts … Continue reading

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Equality Now update

Equality Now has recently published three Letters to the Editor in the New York Times: “Power, Status and a Charge of Rape” (5/18/11); “Women’s Rights in Yemen“(4/22/11); and “Female Genital Mutilation” (5/13/11). Learn more here.

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SlutWalks All Over the World

This article in the UK Guardian explains the recent history behind the SlutWalk, an in-the-streets form of women’s activism that also uses social networking sites to organize and mobilize: When a police officer from Toronto went on a routine visit … Continue reading

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University of the Andes School of Law (Bogotá, Colombia) Gender and Law Research Group

Feminist Law Professors is pleased to welcome to the blogroll five members of the faculty at the University of the Andes School of Law:  Gloria Marcela Abadía Cubillo; Helena Alviar García; Isabel Cristina Jaramillo Sierra; Julieta Lemaitre Ripoll and Paula Torres Holguín.  All are … Continue reading

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First Female Dean at University of the Andes Law School

Earlier this year, Helena Alviar García became the first female dean of the Law School at the University of the Andes in Bogotá (Colombia).  The school’s press release is here. Last month at an International Association of Law Schools Conference on … Continue reading

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Applying Feminism Globally

I spent Thursday at the rich, thought-provoking, and inspiring Applying Feminism Globally conference at the University of Baltimore School of Law (also known as the Center on Applied Feminism’s Fourth Annual Feminist Legal Theory Conference). I’ve offered below a brief summary of … Continue reading

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“You can do it, Japan!” Penn Students Raise Funds for Japan Earthquake Relief

Members of the LL.M. Class of 2011 at the University of Pennsylvania Law School have joined with students from Wharton’s Japan Club to fundraise for earthquake relief efforts in Japan.  The students are selling a t-shirt, with all proceeds going … Continue reading

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ABA’s IMPOWR Project

The American Bar Association established IMPOWR (the International Models Project for Women’s Rights) in 2008.  (It does not concern fashion models….).  Here is the group’s “Vision Statement”: The IMPOWR vision is to build an open, inclusive and dynamic information sharing … Continue reading

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Jailed in Mexico for Having an Abortion

According to this article at El Diario NTR, 23 women are in jail in Mexico for “aggravated homicide by reason of kinship.”  Their crime?  Having an abortion.  At least one of the jailed women suffered a spontaneous abortion and was … Continue reading

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Women Of the Ring

NPR’s All Things Considered covers the induction of Lupita Lopez into the society of matadoras (female professional bullfighters) here.

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Pruitt, “Deconstructing CEDAW’s Article 14: Naming and Explaining Rural Difference”

Lisa Pruitt (Davis) has posted to SSRN her article Deconstructing CEDAW’s Article 14: Naming and Explaining the Rural Difference.  Here is the abstract: The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is the first human … Continue reading

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New Documentary on Women, War, Family and the Democratic Republic of Congo

Women Make Movies is distributing a new documentary film by Beth Davenport and Elizabeth Mandel.  Here is the description of “Pushing the Elephant“: In the late 1990s, Rose Mapendo lost her family and home to the violence that engulfed the … Continue reading

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Chandra on “Surrogacy and India”

Mr. Smith Chandra, a student at the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research University in Hyerabad, India has posted to SSRN his working paper Surrogacy and India.  Here is the abstract: The Law Commission of India has submitted the … Continue reading

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Cyra Choudhury on “Exporting Subjects: Globalizing Family Law Progress Through International Human Rights”

Cyra Akila Choudhury (FIU) has posted to SSRN her article Exporting Subjects: Globalizing Family Law Progress Through International Human Rights, 32 J. Mich. Int’l Law  259 (2011) Here is the abstract: This article examines the global export of domestic U.S. legal … Continue reading

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Sisters On the Bench

Hannah Brenner, Michigan State University College of Law, is publishing Gender and the Judiciary in South Africa: A Review of the Documentary Film Courting Justice, in a forthcoming issue of the Yale Journal of International Affairs. Here is the abstract. … Continue reading

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Will UN Secretary-General post remain a male preserve?

Tradition has it that the post of Secretary-General should rotate so that each geographical region gets its “turn.” Women have never had a “turn”. . . Equality Now Women’s Action, November 2005 In her post today on IntLawGrrls, Madame la … Continue reading

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“Coercive Birth Control in Occupied Tibet”

That’s the title of the report (PDF here) issued by the non-profit (admittedly viewpoint-specific) group Tibet-Truth.  Here is an excerpt: Unless a card-carrying member of China’s Communist Party, there is no doubt that a spiral of birth-control enforcement is imposed upon … Continue reading

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CFP: Women and New Media in the Mediterranean Region

From the FLP mailbox, this call for abstracts from the Isis Center for Women and Development: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE WOMEN & NEW MEDIA IN THE MEDITERRANEAN REGION ISIS CENTER FOR WOMEN & DEVELOPMENT June 24, 25, 26, 2011 – Fez, Morocco … Continue reading

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Human Rights Defenders: In the frontlines

Today is Human Rights Day, the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Some thoughts on this day, cross-posted on IntLawGrrls: Dora “Alicia” Recinos Sorto of El Salvador was shot dead in November 2009 while on … Continue reading

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