Weekly global roundup: Burmese democracy activist wins historic Parliament seat; the UN investigates honor killings in India; Open source rape tracking in Syria; and female condoms make a comeback in Nigeria.
Perhaps the most interesting question in the juxtaposition of women’s rights (or gay rights, or ethnic minority rights) and democracy is not whether some people’s rights are sacrificed for popular rule (they are), but rather whether they should be as a matter of principle.
“What are they doing out there?” So-called prayer warriors misinform and mislead the public, intimidate clients, and prevent people from exercising their rights to health care.
Rather than “where are the women,” we might ask: Why does much of U.S. public discourse frame Egypt’s revolution through Islamophobia and why have corporate media focused mostly on men?
The Taliban succeeded in pushing back women’s rights by centuries. But eight years of international presence in Afghanistan have not improved women’s prospects by much if at all.
Today is the biggest day in what has been one of the longest and most hard fought presidential primary elections in the history of this country. Winners and losers will be declared but the real winners this election cycle are the citizens of this great nation.