Should Indonesia’s Sex Workers Be Protected?

October 28, 2021

By June, the economic impact of the pandemic had been felt by the most marginalized in Indonesia, particularly sex workers. Restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 meant fewer people paid for sex, resulting in a loss of earnings. Protecting sex workers and ensuring they have access to health...

For Americans, Abortion Is More Controversial Than Same-Sex Marriage

September 21, 2021

The raging debate around abortion rights in the United States has recently been reignited when Texas passed a law banning all abortions past the detection of a fetal heartbeat, usually at a six-week mark. The issue gained further traction after the Supreme Court failed to block the...

From Merkel to Baerbock: Female Politicians Still Face Sexism in Germany

August 31, 2021

Angela Merkel has become a symbol of women's success and self-assertion in a political arena still dominated by men, both in Germany and globally. Until a few months ago, the prospect of a female successor seemed very likely. But the initial euphoria, shortly after the Green Party named Annalena...

Sex Abuse Is the Moral Downfall of the Catholic Church

November 27, 2020

My mother passed away a few years ago. She spent the last years of her life in a home for the elderly in a small town in Bavaria, where she and my father had spent most of their lives. In their younger days, both my parents were devout Catholics, initially taking at face value what the church...

The Time to End Sex Discrimination

September 30, 2020

In human rights circles, there are few more important events than the annual opening of the new session of the United Nations General Assembly. Critically, the high-profile event brings together governments, UN agencies and civil society actors, fostering cross-sector collaboration and providing...

Sexuality, Relationships and a History of Queer Korea

September 29, 2020

For Nigeria’s Women, the Threat of Sexual Violence Is Never Far Away

November 29, 2019

Few things unite Nigerians like the numerous stories of sexual abuse, intrenched in tradition and scattered across tribes and cultures, and perpetrated mostly against women. So endemic is this culture of sexual violence against women that it is woven into the very fabric of our existence. It cuts...

Purity and Pollution: From Shoes and Sex to Food and Caste

June 25, 2019

The notion of purity and pollution underpins personal habits, social mores, public health challenges and India’s resilient caste system. This is the last of a three-part series.  This final piece of a three-part series examines the Indian psyche and how it effects society and everyday lives....

Should Sport Let Go of the Idea of Binary Sexes?

March 04, 2019

We now seem poised for a change: Instead of understanding women and men as two different halves of a binary, we will see them as different points on a spectrum. "A man can decide to be female, take hormones if required by whatever sporting organization is concerned, win everything in sight and...

If You Can Change Your Sex, Why Not Your Race?

November 12, 2018

As long as people deny others the right to choose when it comes to race, they continue to dance to a tune composed by those who had a vested interest in demarcating by skin color. Anthony Ekundayo Lennon is a rarity — a man who is publicly denounced for saying he’s black. Last year, he was...

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