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Female Genital Mutilation: a Borderless Issue, and a Call for Compassion

Female genital mutilation is not an easy thing to read and discuss, and it shouldn’t be. FGM and other dangerous body modifications are practices the Western world often imagines happening elsewhere. They are seen as something of another land, another culture, another neighborhood – but that is not the reality. FGM happens in front of […]

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16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence That Concern All of Us

Last Sunday was the 19th International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the start of 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. Even today, many women suffer daily abuse in silence – especially in countries outside of Europe. According to UNWomen, more than a third of women worldwide have been victims of […]

Is the #MeToo Movement Transforming into a Gender War?

When I read Margaret Atwood’s A Handmaid’s Tale in high school, I complained to my English teacher that, besides being really badly written, the novel was completely unrealistic. I explained to her that “this stuff just doesn’t happen – a society cannot transform like that overnight.” Little did I know that in the six years […]