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Renewed Optimism for Women’s Rights in Armenia and the Republic of Georgia
The enduring passion of those working to pass stronger laws addressing gender based violence in Armenia and the Republic of Georgia.
Advocate Scott Miller Helps Batterers Become Non-Violent
For 20 years, Scott Miller has listened to the excuses and justifications of domestic violence perpetrators. His job, as executive director of the Domestic Abuse Intervention Program in Duluth Minnesota, is to convince them that equality and non-violence is a better path.
“I Am Unstoppable” – How An Afghan Student is Persevering for Her Education
Madison Plemens-Schunk, a rising junior at the University of Minnesota and Spring/Summer intern for Global Rights for Women, was able to interview Farzana, a young woman from Afghanistan who fled to Turkey. Having finished her secondary education prior to the Taliban government, she is now uncertain of the future of her education, and the education of all girls in Afghanistan. However, she has not lost hope.
Abortion Rights and Survivor Justice
Having access to abortion allows women to heal from sexual assault. It relieves much worry and stress, and can put the woman in a mindset to begin emotionally healing. Criminalizing women’s healthcare is another example of systemic gender-based violence. Pregnancy is a method for abusers to maintain power over their victims. Not only have women become subject to the scrutiny of the government, but also the surveillance of those abusers that pose the greatest threat to their livelihoods.
Depp-Heard verdict is a blow to all women
The verdict in Johnny Depp’s defamation trial against Amber Heard is a devastating blow to victims of violence and all women. Amber Heard has lost in one of the most publicized trials concerning domestic abuse that this country has ever seen.
GRW Professional Associate Christina Ruhinda is Increasing Access to Legal Aid in Tanzania
Christina Ruhinda serves as executive director of the Tanzanian Network of Legal Aid Providers, an organization working to enhance citizen access to the legal system.
Community Innovator: Representative Heather Keeler Finds Power in Policy for Indigenous Women
Minnesota State Representative Heather Keeler had no plans to run for state office while growing up, but today she represents District 4A, a district on the Minnesota side of the Fargo-Moorhead area. She is also Ihanktonwan with lineage to Eastern Shoshonean.
New Staff Members!
We are thrilled to welcome four new employees to the the Global Rights for Women team! Combined, they bring in over 50 years of extensive human rights experience. We are so grateful to have them join us.
Arabella Babb Mansfield, Cheryl Thomas, and the Fertile Ground of Iowa
In 1869 women were not allowed to take the bar exam. Anywhere. That changed when Belle Babb Mansfield took the Iowa Bar Association to court over its gender discrimination…and won.
Breaking Silence with Tea Ceremonies and Healing Circles
As a mother, social worker and public policy advocate, Comfort Dondo has worked tirelessly to fill the gaps in both cultural awareness and available services for immigrant women experiencing domestic and sexual violence.
Groundbreaking Researcher Nicole Westmarland Endorses Global Rights for Women
Nicole Westmarland is an academic with both feet grounded in lived experience, which makes her work as a professor of criminology and director of the Durham Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse at Durham University in the UK even more impactful.
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