Emma Watson and UN Women’s HeforShe Campaign

Emma Watson gained a lot of media attention back in September with her speech at the United Nations unveiling UN Women’s HeForShe Campaign. As a feminist, I am always moved to see fellow young women make a commitment to achieving global gender equality. And I was also proud of a fellow young woman who commanded the attention of so many highly respected political leaders worldwide. Continue reading Emma Watson and UN Women’s HeforShe Campaign

Thoughts on the film “Wadjda,” directed by Haifa al-Mansour

Refreshing is the first word that comes to mind when I think of the film “Wadjda.

As someone who has an academic background in Gender and Women’s Studies and who has studied and written about how people in the West should discuss women’s issues abroad, I was pleasantly surprised to find a film about a young girl in modern-day Saudi Arabia that didn’t feature horrific and gruesome violence against women. Continue reading Thoughts on the film “Wadjda,” directed by Haifa al-Mansour

CEDAW adopted locally in San Francisco!

As someone who has been interested in local and global feminist issues for a number of years now, I have heard much about how CEDAW (the United Nations Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women) has been ratified in 187 of 194 UN member states, and the US is not one of them. Even Afghanistan, with questionable allegiance to securing women’s rights post-9/11, ratified CEDAW. Continue reading CEDAW adopted locally in San Francisco!