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Janet Benshoof, Legal Activist, Seeks Help for Burma Through the Global Court

Burma has long been a unique country not only for its otherworldly landscape of pagodas and gold-topped stupas but also, paradoxically, as an isolated country where a nationalistic military has given itself extraordinary constitutional powers. Generals, who have warped the country’s Buddhist heritage over half a century, can now attack the Muslim-majority Rohingya people with …

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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University

The Many Global Currents Undermining Gender Equality

How much does the economic environment of a country generate inequalities for women? A new report on wage gaps says that disparities are only partly explained by differences in experience, education and/or occupation, proving there is much more work to be done before the world offers both genders equal pay for equal work. The report, …

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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University
Three children walk to clean dishes in the Niger river in Gao, Mali.

War Crimes Against Women and Girls Must Be Prosecuted

  There is now overwhelming evidence that conflicts exacerbate pre-existing gender discrimination and put women and girls at heightened risk of sexual, physical and psychological violence. One appalling example of this evidence is the report recently to the Human Rights Council by the International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, which highlights the threat and use …

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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University
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Why the International Women’s Rights Treaty Matters

The time has come for the United States to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, commonly known as Cedaw, particularly after women voters asserted themselves so effectively in recent US elections. The convention obliges signatories to “ensure the full development and advancement of women” and expressly extends its …

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