Category Archives: Sisters In Other Nations

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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Celebrating Divorce

The nation has a rising fascination with matrimonial discord. Apart from improving the ratings for “Real Housewives” shows, divorce is often looked at as a sad unavoidable reality. Two news items remind us that divorce is actually something to celebrate. … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong With “Women’s Rights,” and Why the US Should Ratify CEDAW Anyway

The Senate Judiciary Committee recently debated whether the United States should ratify CEDAW, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. CEDAW guarantees a wide range of equal rights to women in areas such as employment, … Continue reading

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Massive Student Protests in London

Thousands of students in London and throughout Britain are protesting against increases in tuition at colleges and universities.  There are sit-ins all over the country, including in the Bodleian Library at Oxford. As darkness fell, fires were started, graffiti sprayed and … Continue reading

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Senate Hearings on CEDAW

Earlier this week, the  Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law held a “Hearing on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.”  The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, … Continue reading

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Mumford on “Tax Policy, Women and the Law”

Ann Mumford (Queen Mary, University of London) has published Tax Policy, Women and the Law with Cambridge University Press.  Here is the publisher’s abstract: Tax policy frequently targets the choices that women face in many aspects of their lives. Decisions regarding working … Continue reading

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Teenage Girl’s Fingers Hacked with a Knife for Complaining About Teasing and Threats

From India Today (here), this awful news of a girl whose fingers were were cut by her would-be molesters. A teenaged Dalit girl was publicly molested and her fingers chopped off in Lucknow on Tuesday. The class XII student was … Continue reading

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Arundhati Roy, “Pity the nation that has to silence its writers for speaking their minds.”

The Hindu, a daily paper in India, reports here that a crowd of up to 100 people assembled outside the home of writer Arundhati Roy, shouted anti-Roy slogans and attempted to break into her home.  The incident is reported to … Continue reading

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Human Rights Efforts in Australia: Spotlight on the Castan Centre at Monash University

The Castan Centre for Human Rights Law at Monash University in Australia is “a non-profit, non-partisan centre focusing on the study of human rights law globally, regionally and in Australia” (see program website here).  Today the Melbourne paper The Age ran … Continue reading

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Because Violent, Sexual Pathologies Attract More Readers than Stories about the Murder of Two Women

Today’s Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald profiles the convicted criminal David Russell Williams, former colonel in the Canadian military (here).  The article focuses on Williams’s “sadistic sexual urges” and photographic evidence (reprinted with the article) showing Mr. Williams dressed in women’s … Continue reading

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Pace Law Review Symposium on “After Gender: Examining International Justice Enterprises”

Pace Law Review will hold a symposium on November 12, 2010 entitled “After Gender: Examining International Justice Enterprises.” The symposium will attempt to expand our understanding of the role of gender and sex in international law. International law’s gender analysis … Continue reading

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Selling Sex in Canada vs. Buying Sex in Sweden

Last week, Justice Susan Himel of the Ontario (Canada) Superior Court ruled that certain Canadian anti-prostitution criminal laws violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and were therefore unconstitutional.  A copy of the opinion is available here. At issue … Continue reading

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20,000 Women Killed Each Year for “Family Honor”?

From the (UK) Independent, this article about “honor killings” across the globe: It is a tragedy, a horror, a crime against humanity. The details of the murders – of the women beheaded, burned to death, stoned to death, stabbed, electrocuted, … Continue reading

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Robin Runge’s Upcoming Radio Appearance on “Domestic Violence and the Law: China vs. the U.S.A”

On Sunday, August 8, 2010, at 5:00 p.m. (Central), Feminist Law Prof Robin Runge (North Dakota) will appear on Prairie Public radio station’s “Why?” program talking about her work in China on violence against women.   Here’s the station’s official description of the … Continue reading

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When the Tax Man is a Transgender Woman

The New York Times home page features the video above (source here) about tax non-compliance in Pakistan.  The "hook" of the story is the use of transgendered women to collect taxes in a particular area Pakistan.  The use of these … Continue reading

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Frances Criminalizes “Psychologial Violence”

France has passed a criminal ban on psychological or verbal abuse of a spouse or live-in partner. The New York Times reported:  The French Parliament gave final and unanimous approval on Tuesday to a law that makes “psychological violence” a … Continue reading

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Ambivalent About the Boobquake

You’ve probably seen it by now. First, a Neanderthal Iranian cleric scolded women for wearing “immodest” Western clothing which of course leads to adultery, which of course causes earthquakes. In response, blogger Jen McCreight announced: On Monday, April 26th, I … Continue reading

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Choudhury on “Globalizing the Margins”

Cyra Akila Choudhury (FIU) has posted to SSRN her article “Globalizing the Margins: Legal Exiles in the War on Terror and Liberal Feminism’s War for Muslim Women,” 9 Int. Rev.   of   Constitutionalism (2010)Here is the abstract: In the … Continue reading

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“House of the Setting Sun”

Interviews with residents of a home for elderly prostitutes in Mexico City – watch Part One here, and Part Two here. –Ann Bartow

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“Canada has dropped a proposal to change the country’s national anthem by making it more gender-inclusive.”

From the BBC News: O Canada! Our home and native land! True patriot love in all thy sons command. With glowing hearts we see thee rise, The true north strong and free! The government had said it was open to … Continue reading

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Nobel Women’s Initiative – Video Stream: International Tribunal on Crimes Against Women of Burma

HERE! More information here. “The Tribunal is a women-directed and women-centered justice and advocacy initiative. Judges will hear testimony from several women of Burma who will share their personal stories of surviving human rights violations and crimes under miliatry rule … Continue reading

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Lap Dances for Haiti?

From the Toledo (Ohio) Blade: Scantily clad dancers were the draw at a downtown men’s entertainment club over the weekend for an event that raised nearly $1,000 for victims of the earthquake in Haiti. * * *  Although the billing … Continue reading

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Bernstein on “Pecuniary Reparations Following National Crisis”

Feminist Law Prof Anita Bernstein (Brooklyn) has posted to SSRN her article, “Pecuniary Reparations Following National Crisis: A Convergence of Tort Theory, Microfinance, and Gender Equality,” 31 U. Pa. J. Int’l L. 1 (2009).  Here is the abstract: Governments around … Continue reading

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Rebecca J. Cook and Simone Cusack, “Gender Stereotyping: Transnational Legal Perspectives”

From the publisher’s website: While both lawyers and psychologists have been aware of the role of stereotypes in discrimination, there is little literature addressing the legal status of stereotypes as gender discrimination. Gender Stereotyping makes a substantial contribution to the … Continue reading

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Austin on “Women’s Unequal Citizenship at the Border”

Regina Austin (Penn) has posted to SSRN her book chapter, “Women’s Unequal Citizenship at the Border: Lessons from Three Nonfiction Films about the Women of Juárez,” forthcoming in Gender Equality: Dimensions of Women’s Equal Citizenship, edited by Linda McClain and … Continue reading

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Disaster Relief for Haiti

Here are some organizations whose relief efforts are being directed toward women and children in Haiti: CARE.  In a press release (here), CARE’s director in Haiti said, ”Children were still in school when the earthquake hit, so there are many … Continue reading

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Words Hurt: France Contemplates Prohibition on Psychological and Verbal Abuse of Domestic Partner

The BBC reports here that the French parliament is considering criminal penalties against those who psychologically or verbally abuse their spouse or live-in partner.  The BBC article highlights the French-language TV ad below, which portrays a man verbally abusing his … Continue reading

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CFP: “What Pertains to a Man”? Transcending Gender Boundaries in Jewish and Israeli Law

Call for Papers “What Pertains To a Man”? Transcending Gender Boundaries in Jewish and Israeli Law Conference to be held at the University of Chicago Law School Monday March 1, 2010 This small one day conference will be structured around … Continue reading

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More Commentary on Ciudad Juarez Case

Earlier this week, Feminist Law Prof Caroline Bettinger-Lopez (Columbia) summarized the Ciudad Juarez case (see here and here) for members of the  Bringing Human Rights Home Lawyers’ Network.    Here is Professor Bettinger-Lopez’s e-mail (reprinted with permission): Dear BHRH Network … Continue reading

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Solidarity: Men in headscarves

I share with permission the following commentary received today from Hossein Alizedah of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC): Earlier this week, the Iranian authorities arrested Majid Tavakoli, a  student leader, who spoke at an anti-government rally … Continue reading

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