• Women trafficking and the US’s worrisome silence

    Women trafficking and the US’s worrisome silence1

    “Trafficking? Here? In the United States?” I fear this would summarize the majority’s response. While human trafficking is well-known around the world, the United States is falling behind in awareness and lacks a unified approach towards its prevention. Strong commitments do exist at the community level, but these tend to function independently or have little financial support –a reflection of missing systematic plans to stop human trafficking within US borders altogether.

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  • Women in Tunisia: A democratic façade or a civil society’s struggle?

    Women in Tunisia: A democratic façade or a civil society’s struggle?0

    In the last couple of years, women’s rights have improved in the Middle East and North African Region, especially in terms of freedom and participation. After the Arab Spring, the representation of women in Parliamentary Assemblies has increased in almost all countries of the region. In Tunisia, women have played a major role in the uprisings to stand for their rights, and then voted en masse in the elections of 2011 and 2014. However, the efforts put in the revolts only led to political promises, rather than reality.

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  • How can we avoid another Orlando?

    How can we avoid another Orlando?1

    Reading about the events in Orlando a few months back was like reading a script from a horror tale. It had all the dark elements hovering around and shrouding the setting. A typical night-time event, a solitary gun wielding delusional character and the spillage of blood. It was both the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman and the deadliest incident of violence against LGBT people in U.S. history, as well as the deadliest terrorist attack in the U.S. since the September 11 attacks in 2001.

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