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The Advertising Industry: Where Discourse and Feminism Fall into Conflict

The advertising industry is one of the most important industries which intervene in our personal lives. It has the power to influence individuals consciously and subconsciously. It’s every type of content we face on a daily basis: copy, images, videos, and have evolved to be a crucial part of the marketplace. What makes an advertisement […]

The Gender Gap in Financial Literacy

Women have made remarkable progress in various areas that contributed to long-term economic health during the previous century, notably in terms of higher education and labor participation. We are, however, still falling behind in one major area: financial literacy. Financial literacy is the understanding and application of concepts of personal financial management, such as budgeting, […]

Misconceptions of Female Genital Mutilation

Female genital mutilation, or FGM for short, is a cultural practice that is done to protect virginity and family honor. FGM holds many misconceptions that are the reason why it prevails in many societies. The common misconception that exists today is that FGM is an antique practice that no longer takes place in the twenty-first […]

How is Migration a Gender Issue?

More than ever before, people are moving around the world. The reasons vary from a search for a better life and new opportunities to the escape from conflicts, wars and violence. According to article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, freedom of movement is a human right. Whether migration is forced or voluntary, […]

The Feminist challenge to central concepts of International Relations

It is universally acknowledged that gender is a social and cultural construct. It is conceived as the social construction of women’s and men’s identities and conducts. In this paper, I will be analyzing two articles that criticize the masculinist and male world of IR and the exclusion of women from foreign policy decision-making processes and […]

Responsible Business Conduct within a Gender Perspective Scope

Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) has been a concept that not only has been transforming the way the corporate world does business but has also transcended the day-to-day decisions a multimillion company should take. I remembered the time I couldn’t find a job, after going to grad school, since I had a master’s degree in a […]

Islam and Patriarchy

The Quran came as a sacred text, a word of God that introduced us to the message of universal equality among all humans irrespective of gender, class, or race. However, once tampered with individual interpretations, this holy text lost its actual meaning over time. How Islam is conceived […]

Reconciling Gender and Religious Identity in Tunisia

“Feminism was a tool for female advancement”.Amel Grami In Maghreb countries, Islam was a crucial cultural and religious factor of unity. It was considered as the national struggle for independence. After the independence, Maghreb countries experienced what we can call “Nationalization of religion”. Postcolonial Tunisia was founded on […]

Où sommes-nous avec la prohibition des drogues ?

Les drogues existent depuis la nuit des temps. Ce sont des plantes, contenant des substances actives (alcaloïde, toxine), qui sont à l’origine de ces drogues. La distribution “mondiale » de ces plantes, ainsi que leur dissémination géographique, ont influencé la façon dont elles ont été utilisées par les […]

BIGGER THAN US, une représentation au plus proche de la réalité

La planète est en train de mourir. Que pouvons-nous faire ? Comment passer de l’idée à l’action, du doute au mouvement, de l’individualisme au collectif ?  Quelle est la responsabilité de nos dirigeants ? Des générations passées et futures ?  Il faudra sans doute d’autres nombreuses années d’inactions (ou d’actions passives) pour […]

Vidas Negras

“Las Vidas de la Gente Negra Importan,” The Lives of Black People Matter, as it translates, is a common phrase that has been trending since the uprising of #BlackLivesMatter after the brutal murders of Ahmad Arbury, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor. However, the Vidas Negra (Black Lives) is […]

Spirituality Behind Female Power and Leadership 

Being a leader never truly was about having a specific job position, institutional authority or the amount of fame and power one has. A leader is and always will be an individual who possesses the traits and characteristics of someone who can be trusted and relied on by […]

Le réchauffement climatique et les efforts de la communauté internationale

L’été 2021 est un été marqué par les catastrophes naturelles, ces dernières ont pris lieu partout dans le monde et ont causé de graves conséquences économiques et sociales. Les tempêtes, les inondations, les vagues de chaleur et les phénomènes météorologiques extrêmes liés au changement climatique sont devenus de plus en plus nombreux. 187 114 est…

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Cybercrime in Argentina

Back in 2017, the UN Office of Drugs and Crime made a partnership with Argentina for the delivery of an advanced training course on strengthening the capacities of criminal justice instructions. The course was delivered to 350 officers from different Argentinean agencies, to reduce the rate of cybercrime. In this context, participants also analyzed the…

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La Cybersurveillance et les Droits de l’Homme

Dans l’ère d’information, tous les membres de la génération C (connectée) se sont familiarisés avec les ordinateurs, l’internet, les téléphones portables, les textos et les réseaux sociaux. Leur aisance avec la technologie, l’utilisation de la communication mobile et leur désir de maintenir le contact avec des réseaux étendus crée une grande base d’informations ce qui…

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Feminism and Abortion

Feminist theory has attained a prominent place in society as the voice for women’s issues that have historically been hidden or suppressed. Advocates of feminism have worked to give women voting rights, recognition for their abilities, knowledge and unique skills, as well as equality in the workplace, and education opportunities. Since the mid-1900s the feminist…

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Human Rights Abuses Under The 2003 Invasion

“States like [Iraq, Iran, and North Korea] and their terrorist allies constitute an axis of evil. . . .By seeking weapons of mass destruction, these regimes pose a grave and growing danger. . . . I will not wait on events while dangers gather.” —President George W. Bush, State of the Union, January 29, 2002…

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Femicide: What’s going on in Tunisia ?

Femicide, the killing of a woman or girl because of her gender, usually by a man, is the most extreme form of gender-based violence. Femicide involves the killing of women and girls because they are female. The United Nations has recognized femicide as the most extreme form of violence against women and girls. Many groups…

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Turkey Slams on Women: A Basic Violation of Human Rights

Historical Context: The tradition-modernity duality is one of the most complex issues in Turkish society. If the common global historical discourse is one that acknowledges women’s absence from decision making processes, it is even more a veracity in Turkey as the fight for equal rights was ignored until the 20th century. For example, initial equality…

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Pay Gap: South Africa’s Case Study

Despite decades of progressive efforts, there’s still a great deal of inequality in workplaces across the universe. A company that practices gender equality treats men and women the same. Each and every business should respect the fact that men and women must receive equal treatment which includes equal pay and benefits for comparable roles, equal…

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Book Review #11

The ongoing statelessness of Palestinians is at the heart of one of the most important debates in history: the debate on the circumstances which gave birth to the Palestinian refugee problem. I developed a passion for this debate at the start of this year during my Conflict and Security in the Middle East and North…

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Book Review #1 So Long a Letter

I believe a determined woman can achieve  whatever she wants no matter the challenges. So did the women of this novel. That’s one of the reasons I chose to review this book in this blog. I believe that’s what we are doing “breaking the glass ceiling”. So Long a Letter is an autobiographical novel written by…

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Child Marriage: Girls Not Brides

Child marriage is an act that never ceases to bury millions of young girls alive. Putting an end to this crime is more than a moral imperative. Child marriage does not only impact the life of that specific girl but also the future of the country itself. Marrying off girls at an early age gives…

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Critique Littéraire #2 Une chambre à soi

Dans son essai féministe intitulé A Room of One’s Own (1929), Virginia Woolf souligne l’importance de l’éducation et de l’indépendance des femmes. Comme le suggère le titre, elle explique que les femmes ont besoin d’un espace qui leur est propre. Cette pièce est largement considérée comme l’écrit féministe le plus significatif de l’écrivaine. Toujours influentes,…

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Islamic Feminism: Between Gender and Religious Identity

Postcolonial feminist theory is essentially concerned with the way women are represented not only in once colonized countries but also in western countries. Women in colonized countries suffer from “double colonization” : colonialism and patriarchy. A woman has to resist the control of colonial power as a colonized subject and as a woman. In this…

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African Ecofeminism: The Rise of Visionary Alternatives

We need an African ecofeminist future. And by we, I do not just mean Africa, I mean everywhere. As Orthodox economic models continue to fail, women across Africa are combatting them and coming up with visionary alternatives. What is ecofeminism, and why African ecofeminism specifically? Ecofeminist activism grew out of feminist, peace, and ecology movements of the nineteen seventies and nineteen…

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The Challenges of Non-State Education in a Pandemic Ravaged World

According to the United Nations, the Covid-19 pandemic has affected nearly 1.6 billion learners globally. It has brought about a huge disparity in learning opportunities for learners, most especially from low-income economies. Global economies especially the educational sector are feeling the impact and despite UNESCO recommendation of 15-20% of fiscal budgetary allocation to education, most…

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Plastic Surgery Phenomena: Case of the Arab World

The Middle East and North African region has always been a plastic surgery hub. As pop culture nowadays influences more and more society through its music videos, televisions, and social media, plastic surgery has become more and more normalized.  By far cosmetic surgery can be perceived as a practice to fit western beauty standards but…

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More Women at Roundtables: Women in Politics

We all know that women have historically suffered social and political discrimination and have been underrepresented in government positions. African leaders mostly male who mismanaged, abused, and continue to abuse their power since the end of colonization equally share the blame for disempowering African women whose contribution is unequivocally needed to build a more prosperous,…

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Book Review #10

Français Fuck le patriarcat ! Les sept péchés pour prendre le pouvoir – Mona Eltahawy Mona Eltahawy est une activiste féministe égyptienne que je voyais souvent passer sur les réseaux sociaux sans m’y arrêter plus que cela, ne me retrouvant pas suffisamment dans son discours et sans le rejeter pour autant. Elle véhicule l’image d’une…

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Feminicide in International Human Rights Law

Introduction: Gender-based violence  One of the most pressing concerns of human rights is the situation of women’s Human  rights. In fact, women around the world not only suffer from constant discrimination in  different fields of their everyday life, such as education, work, health and family life, but they  are also the main victims of gender-based…

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Critique Littéraire #1 The Handmaid’s Tale

The handmaid’s tale (la servante écarlate) est un roman de science-fiction dystopique, écrit par Margaret Atwood et publié en 1985. Le roman fut un succès littéraire vendant plus de 8 millions d’exemplaires globalement -en version anglaise uniquement. La république de Gilead, fondée par des fanatiques religieux, prend les règnes du gouvernement et instaure un régime…

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Menstruation And Human Rights: Period Poverty

“Meeting the hygiene needs of all adolescent girls is a fundamental issue of human rights, dignity, and public health,” Sanjay Wijesekera, former UNICEF Chief of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene said.  Menstruation is a physiological aspect of womanhood that should be celebrated, remains shrouded in shame and ignorance impacting the health, education, and dignity of women…

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Moudawana and Gender Equality: It is time to change the obsolete Moroccan Family Law

The old Moudawana, which dated from 1958, conveyed a reactionary conception of Islam and emphasized the hegemony and superiority of men at all levels. However, the new Moudawana introduced the concept of equality and revolutionized retrograde legislation that was no longer in phase with the country’s overall evolution after the enthronement of King Mohammed VI.…

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Violences conjugales, crimes d’honneur, torture misogyne, mais jusqu’à quand ces assassinats feront-ils partie du quotidien des femmes ?

Le féminicide, meurtre d’une ou plusieurs femmes ou filles en raison de leur condition féminine, un crime de genre dont plusieurs pays ne reconnaissent toujours pas l’ampleur Le terme littéraire est apparu en 1976, évoqué par l’une des plus grandes féministes éminentes qui ont luttés pour  mettre un terme à la violence contre les femmes,…

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Gender Equality: Female Role Models as Actors of Change The Case of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

In her 2013 TED-Ed educational video on how inspirational some American historical role models can be, Bissetta highlights two observations that are still and maybe even more relevant today. First, she discusses how role models usually present a same set of virtues forming their strong character, including bravery and wisdom, leading them on their way to success.…

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Corruption: Will There Ever Be an End?

The biggest disease in the world is corruption and the vaccine is TRANSPARENCY, ACCOUNTABILITY, FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND KNOWLEDGE. Corruption is the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. It erodes trust, weakens democracy, hampers economic development, and further exacerbates inequality, poverty, social division, and the environmental crisis. It can happen anywhere, can involve anyone and…

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صورة المرأة في الإعلام بشمال افريقيا و الشرق الأوسط

في جميع أنحاء العالم ، تقل احتمالية ظهور النساء في وسائل الإعلام مقارنة بالرجال. كمواضيع للقصص ، تظهر النساء فقط في (ربع الأخبار التلفزيونية) قليل من القنوات والإذاعية، المسموعة، المرئية  والمطبوعة. في تقرير عام 2015 ، شكلت النساء نسبة ضئيلة حيث قدرت 19٪ فقط من الخبراء في القصص الإخبارية،  و 37٪ من المراسلين الذين يروون…

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Pourquoi Avons-Nous Besoin De Plus De Femmes En Politique ?

Les femmes sont souvent des ambassadrices dynamiques du changement. Leur participation à la prise de décision, au même titre que les hommes, est essentielle pour garantir une plus grande réactivité aux besoins des citoyens, ainsi que pour construire et soutenir les démocraties dans le monde entier. Pourtant, les femmes ont encore beaucoup de chemin à…

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Book Review #9

English Sapiens – Yuval Noah Harari Sapiens along with Homo Deus are THE books I saw everywhere in bookstores for the past year or so. I don’t know why but I started with Home Deus (a brief history of tomorrow) which I didn’t really enjoy because I found the claim that humans will become immortal…

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Time to talk about RAPE? How about time to end RAPE!

All forms of violence that women endure on daily basis are considered a violation of their rights, freedoms, and aggression against their personal space and bodies, but rape is one of the cruelest forms of violence against women. Once again, the rape issue has been triggered when a 13-year-old Moroccan girl has been raped by family members…

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Bodyshaming In The 21st Century: What Does The Future Hold?

Abstract “You’re so brave for wearing that”, “Did you lose weight?”, “Eat a burger”, “You have such a pretty face for your size”. These are words that have echoed through the minds of thousands of women because of their body size. Hence, a lot of women have become insecure about their bodies because of the…

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Body Shaming and Mental Health: Love Yourself Unconditionally

What is beauty? Who sets “beauty” norms? Do we really have to comply with these norms? How can we encourage a healthier body image? Society sets certain standards and characteristics for a woman to be defined as “beautiful”. These standards include hair quality, body shape and dimensions, and skin color. Society plays a huge role…

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Gender Inequality Magnified by the COVID-19 Pandemic

As COVID-19 has swept all over the world, it has exacerbated gender inequality. The impacts of such crises are never gender-neutral. Women are bearing the burden of the economic and social fallout of COVID-19. With the spread of the pandemic women became more exposed to domestic violence, domestic work brunt, income losses, less access to…

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Gender & Leadership: Malala Yousafzai, a Young Woman Leader

Introduction: Stereotypes, beliefs, prejudices and habits have made it impossible for women to hold leadership positions. However, some women have broken through and challenged themselves and society. Who are these remarkable strong women, and how did they find their way? How were they able to surpass the obstacles and overcome the challenges that were paralyzing…

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The Evolution of Women in Science

This is Marie Curie. You probably know who she is, one of the most prominent scientists of all time, she was the first and only person in history to win two separate Noble prizes in two separate sciences. She pioneered radiation research and discovered two new elements. However, Marie was also denied membership at the…

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Book Review #8

French La femme aux pieds nus – Scholastique Mukasonga « Quand je mourrai, quand vous me verrez morte, il faudra recouvrir mon corps. Personne ne doit voir mon corps, il ne faut pas laisser voir le corps d’une mère. C’est vous mes filles qui devez le recouvrir, c’est à vous seules que cela revient. Personne ne…

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Peru President Resigned After Protesters Were Killed

The republic of Peru, in South America has experienced changes. Martin Vizcarra was one of the most popular presidents of his generation. Peru’s Congress shocked many by voting Monday to remove him from office. People gathered to protest about it, two people have died in clashes in Peru’s capital Lima between police and protesters angry…

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Why it is Important to Support Women Using Their Voice

Women’s rights is a fragile topic that most people would rather not discuss to avoid offending anyone, and its usually those on the opposing side of the discrimination that get offended because the don’t understand the various forms of difficulties that women have had to face as a result of being denied their rights to…

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Understanding the Situation in Guerguarate, Southern Morocco

Morocco’s colonization by European countries is like no other. The country was colonized by France and Spain. Spain colonized the southern part of the country then know as Spanish Sahara. The decolonization of Morocco was completed in different stages, culminating the decolonization of the Sahara 45 years ago with the signature of the Madrid Agreement,…

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Women’s Participation in a Peace Process Makes it More Effective

Despite the fact that women have been contributing to peace-building efforts, they are still under-represented in peace processes. Several studies have shown that women’s participation in efforts to make and preserve peace can have a decisive impact. Female negotiators have shaped peace processes resulting in agreements that are more durable and better implemented. Higher rates…

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Macron vs. Muslim World?

The murder of Samuel Paty, a French middle-school teacher, took place on 16 October 2020 in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, a suburb of Paris. Following that, President Emmanuel Macron gave a speech praising Samuel Paty, murdered for showing cartoons of Muhammad in a class on freedom of expression. He emphasized the values upheld by the French Republic and…

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Book Review #7

English Woman at Point Zero – Nawal El Saadawi Nawal El Saadawi is the author who introduced me to Feminist Arab literature. Known as Egypt’s radical feminist, she has dedicated her life to fighting patriarchy and female oppression without any regard to the public outrage and criticisms received in response (despite losing her job for…

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Peaceful Protesters Against Police Brutality Killed in Nigeria

According to Amnesty International, twelve people died in the repression of a peaceful march in Lagos yesterday evening. The international community is strongly condemning these barbaric acts, coming together on social media to speak up against police brutality, which seems to have no borders. For nearly two weeks, thousands of young people have been pounding…

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Saad Lamjarred’s Concert Cancelled in Cairo After Social Media Boycott

Moroccan singer Saad Lamjarred will not perform in Cairo. The cancellation of his show came after  controversy on social media, where Egyptians denounced his planned performance under the hashtag #مش_عايزين_لمجرد_فى_مصر Egyptians came forward as he is still accused of rape in different countries from several women. Other local artists also participated in the boycott campaign.…

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Book Review #6

English Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge The first time I tried to read this essay was in June 2018, it was a book that was fascinating yet it exposed hard-to-take truths. I stopped reading it after sixty pages and went back to it two years later, this…

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International Criminal Law – The ICC: Colombia and Chiquita Brands

                Chiquita Brands International is a multinational company and one of the largest banana producers in the world. In 2007, the company signed an agreement with US justice after admitting it was financing between 1997 and 2004 paramilitary groups of extreme right-wing in Colombia. The Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia (AUC) have for years, killed…

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Locked Up In The Most Dangerous Place: Home

Intimate Partner Violence and Femicide have increased significantly since the pandemic began, doubling or more in many places, and with insufficient data in others.  Prepandemic:           137 women are murdered every day. Half of those are murdered by someone they know, a family member, partner, or ex-partner. More than 60 percent…

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Why We Need More Women in Politics

          Women are often dynamic ambassadors of change, their full and active participation in decision making equal to men is essential to ensure greater responsiveness to citizens’ needs also to build and sustain democracies over the world. Yet women still have far to go towards equal representation in positions of power…

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International Refugee Law

Traditional refugee definition of the 1951 Convention on the Status of Refugees vs. regional definitions:        Nowadays, we are witnessing the biggest refugee crisis after World War II. Therefore, the understanding of the definition of a refugee is primordial to face this crisis. There are some differences between the traditional refugee definition from…

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Fighting Extremist Ideologies as a Conflict Resolution Tool

               Is there a way to actually make armed conflict resolutions durable? After seeing the repetitiveness of conflicts in Sudan, Afghanistan, and Iraq among other countries that have all been experiencing on and off internal violence for decades, improving conflict resolution and peacekeeping’s current approaches are becoming more than…

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Explosions in Beirut, Lebanon

      There were two strong explosions sounded in the port area of ​​Beirut in Lebanon. The tragedy left many dead and injured. A first assessment, communicated by the Lebanese Ministry of Health reported at least 27 dead and at least 2,500 injured.⁣ ⁣ Although we don’t know the nature of this attack I…

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Book Review #5

English Purple Hibiscus – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie          A dive into the cultural and political heritage of Nigeria, a striking realism emanating from the characters at all times, the depth of family bonds: Purple Hibiscus in a nutshell. Little did I expect to be so captivated by the story that I wouldn’t…

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Hassan II, a “Double-Sided” Leader

           “The style is the man”, Hassan II liked to repeat. A style precisely that leaves no one indifferent. King Hassan II of Morocco has marked history in many ways, and not only Moroccan history. He ruled for 38 years while many thought that he would not last for so long. Hassan II reincarnated the…

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Female Migration in Central America

           Historically, migration has often been perceived as a male-dominated phenomenon. In the past, men were migrating while later followed by their wives and children. Women were described as passive in the migration process because of the decision-making held by their male partners and their role in the household.             The 21st century is often…

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Violence Against Women Online in the Age of COVID-19

Trigger warning: This article discusses the different forms of violence that women experience online which may be triggering for survivors. While graphic descriptions of this violence were avoided, the subject matter is potentially triggering.          Human rights must be as salient online as they are offline. As more of our daily lives…

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Reclaiming “Go Back to Your Country”

Americans have been telling legal Haitian immigrants to go back to their country for years… and now they are. How and why?          According to USAfacts.org, since 2018 alone, the U.S has welcomed over 45 million immigrants from all over the world.  These families and individuals have left everything behind in order…

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Book Review #4

Français Les Blancs, les Juifs et Nous: Vers une politique de l’amour révolutionnaire – Houria Bouteldja           La première fois que j’ai lu ce titre, sans trop comprendre pourquoi il m’avait parlé. Je n’ai pas réfléchi, je l’ai téléchargé et profité de la générosité de La fabrique éditions qui l’offraient gratuitement…

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Female Migrant Workers: The Case of Bangladesh

Women’s Rights and Empowerment:            Under the Constitution in Bangladesh and all provisions in the CEDAW convention, there has been a constant improvement in women’s status, in both public and private. The government has been helpful throughout sponsors and encouragements; more women are accessing to leadership roles, and sometimes even occupy…

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Sexual Abuse in French Sports

       Months ago, revelations of sexual assaults have been revealed in French Sports. Everything started with the release of former figure skater Sarah Abitbol’s book (Un Si Long Silence). In her book, she accused her former trainer Gilles Beyer of repeatedly raping her. Sarah’s courage marked the start of a wave of revelations…

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May The Resources Be With You: Space Security & Asteroid Mining

The Emergence of Asteroid Mining           To assess the future of space security, one must critically analyze the development of emerging technologies and the potential exploitation of space assets alongside policy implications. Moving forward into the next decade, new space actors are entering the space frontier with a growing interest in…

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Book Review #3

English Bananas, Beaches and Bases – Cynthia Enloe          Bananas, Beaches and Bases is a thought-provoking book that will make you question everything you thought you knew about gender politics. Cynthia Enloe documents how women’s lives are shaped by deeply engrained dynamics of patriarchy both at the societal and personal level. She…

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Anti-Racist Revolt in the US & Coronavirus Pandemic

        According to the University of California Berkeley economics professor Barry Eichengreen, recent anti-racist revolt in the United States is in part an effect of coronavirus pandemic. As a matter of fact, the mobilization caused by the triggering death of George Floyd has also caused an excess of mortality rate in the…

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Drivers of Biological Weapons Programmes: The Influence of the Individual on the Japanese Biological Proliferation

Introduction        Whilst setting the path to great developments, the technological and scientific revolution sparked in the 19th Century proved to be a double-edged sword, allowing the history of nuclear, biological, and chemical offensive programmes to begin. Since after WWI, the international community has embraced the monitoring of use, development and spread of…

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Book Review #2

English Bad Feminist – Roxane Gay          “Bad Feminist” by Roxane Gay is the second book I read about feminism in March 2018, the first one was “Feminism is for everybody” by Bell Hooks. I still remember exactly where I was when I read the introduction and all the excitement that came…

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Learned Helplessness: Why De-funding the Police and Military are Vital for Freedom

Learned Helplessness is a psychological term Medical News Today defines as  “A state of being that occurs after a person has experienced a stressful situation repeatedly. They come to believe that they are unable to control or change the situation, so they do not try —even when opportunities for change become available”.  Reclaiming democracy    The…

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Book Review #1

Français                               Les Identités Meurtrières – Amin Maalouf           La notion d’identité m’a toujours fascinée. Le mot “identité” semble être anodin, pourtant il est à l’origine de plusieurs conflits dans le monde et a le pouvoir de…

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We Take Pride in Our Liberty

         “When America sneezes the entire world catches the cold”, or at least that is what most folks have been using as the result of worldwide protests. The United States of America is a superpower. They contribute to several aspects of our lives in a way that is impactful. Over the past…

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The Never-Ending Refugee Crisis: The “ISIS Camp”

       During the Arab Spring, many peaceful protests rapidly escalated as a result of the violent repression by regional governments. In this context, armed opposition groups began to emerge, including ISIS.       In March 2019, ISIS was allegedly defeated, however, history makes us ask ourselves if territorially defeating a terrorist group…

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International Menstrual Hygiene Day

        Every May 28, the international community commemorates a day dedicated to menstrual hygiene.⁣ ⁣        UNICEF estimates that in Africa, 66% of girls do not have good information on menstruation before being confronted with their first period, which makes the experience negative, and sometimes traumatic. The same source indicates…

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Women, Culture & Sexual Harassment

       Celebrities. When one of them speak up against sexual harassment, they are crybabies. When they are accused of sexually harassing and assaulting someone, the victim is label as a gold digger. We want our celebrities to be as funny and adorable as some of their onscreen characters. We want their sweet voices to…

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The Case of Rape in Morocco

MOROCCO: CONTEXT & WOMEN’S SITUATION             Morocco or The Kingdom of Morocco is in North Africa, more precisely in the Maghreb region. It is a constitutional monarchy and its ruler is King Mohammed VI. The parliament is elected and the King holds executive and legislative powers. As for executive power, the…

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Somalia: Rise in FGM

          In Somalia, isolation caused by coronavirus has led to a huge increase in female genital mutilation. Circumcisers are going door to door and offering to cut young girls’ genitals. According to Plan International, Somalia has the highest rate of FGM in the world (with 98%). Plan International’s Chief of Mission…

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Victim Grooming, Sexual Violence, & the Industries Who Profit From it

            Grooming is a term in psychology to describe a set of manipulative techniques used by sexual predators to foster a sense of ‘trust’ with a targeted person before inflicting violence. For many victims, abuse happens after trust has been established in a relationship. The trauma inflicted by someone ‘trusted’ often forces victims to doubt…

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Women in the Arab World: An Eternal Fight for Freedom

        Assalam Alaikum is the common way to greet in twenty-two countries today. The Arab World consists of the twenty-two Arabic speaking countries members of the Arab League. Another aspect that gathers most of these countries collectively is religion. Indeed, Islam is the prevailing faith in the area, although countries of the…

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Here Today, Not Gone Tomorrow

            It’s a tangle of sheets every morning, they practically drag on the floor behind you like a train on a dress while you walk to the bathroom–the first stop every morning. To help wake you up, you instinctively reach for the pump and dispense your favorite face wash. You…

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Coronavirus Has Led to a Rise of Xenophobia

        Today, the Western World is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. On this special occasion, Germany took the opportunity to call for more cooperation in Europe as some countries are lifting up quarantine. In five months of time, COVID-19 has killed nearly 270,000 people. Unfortunately,…

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Post Colonialism in Africa

Introduction              African countries have so much but continue to have so little. As a matter of fact, resource-rich African countries are underdeveloped today. “Scramble for Africa” designates the process by which European powers colonized and divided the continent in the 19th century. The main rulers concerned were France, the…

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The Production of Knowledge and the Male Bias

The Male Bias           All information is produced within the cultural prejudices and power structures of society. Sexism, for instance, has existed all throughout modern philosophy and science.  Aristotle was one of the greatest influences on western thought. He argued women were inferior to men and promoted the idea that women…

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Domestic Violence Dramatically Increases

            According to UN Women the combination of economic and social tensions caused by the global pandemic, as well as social distancing measures, has dramatically increased the number of women and girls who are victims of abuse everywhere. Even before COVID-19 era, statistics have shown that worldwide, one-third of women…

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World on Lockdown, Wars Not Exempted

         While the entire world is on lockdown, wars are not exempted. Many conflicts are amplified right in the midst of a global pandemic. In Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, Yemen, or even Palestine, COVID-19 is adding to a pile of a long-lasting humanitarian crisis. Although the United Nations has called for a cease-fire…

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Speculation Mounted Over Kim Jong-un’s Death

           Kim Jong-un’s prolonged absence from all official events fuels speculation about his health. Some experts argue that the North Korean dictator is dead or in severe health condition, while South Korean authorities attest that he is still alive. Because of the extremely secretive nature of North Korea, it is hard…

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The US vs. Morocco in Handling COVID-19

            Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the US, President Trump has been handling the crisis in its own way. Although he is accusing democrats to politicize the epidemic as soon as critics are made towards his administration, the reality is that today there are up to 50,000 deaths in…

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