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Saudi Arabia Gives Women the Wheel: Why Now, and What Now?

Photo: Mattia Panciroli (CC) On Tuesday, Sept. 26, Saudi Arabia announced via televised royal decree that it will finally allow women to drive, marking a watershed moment in the fight for women’s rights. The verdict gives Saudi Arabian women both the literal and metaphorical wheel: as they are handed the keys, they will reach an […]

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Expanding Female Access to the Job Market through Affordable Commute

Photo: Yasser Abusen (cc) Crook Fellow Ghida Ismail is spending her summer at the Harvard Kennedy School in the Evidence for Policy Design (EPOD) program in Boston, assisting the research project “Expanding Female Access to the Job Market through Affordable Commute.” She goes into detail on her work and experiences for us here: The World Economic Forum’s […]

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Economics & Trade Policy Global Policy Studies & International Security International Development LBJ School Rural Development

A Pro-Women Opportunity for U.S. Policymakers

Photo: USAID. This op-ed was first published on The Hill on March 8, 2017.  Authors: Catherine Weaver (ceweaver@austin.utexas.edu), Mary Vo (mary.vo@utexas.edu), Lina Nabulsi (lina.nabulsi@utexas.edu), and Cassie Gianni (cassie.gianni@utexas.edu) On International Women’s Day on March 8, U.S. Congress can celebrate women by signaling their intent to fully fund the new Global Food Security Act (GFSA). In June […]

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Economics & Trade Policy Global Policy Studies & International Security LBJ School Politics and Governance

Women at a Cultural Crossroads in Japan

Photo: Devin Stewart, Senior Fellow at Carnegie Council, featuring Prof. Mari Miura and Seiko Noda (fifth and sixth from the left) Since 2013, “womenomics” has been a buzzword in Japan’s recent policies to simultaneously stimulate the national economy and incorporate more women into the labor force. The Gender Equality Bureau Cabinet Office initially set out lofty […]

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Civil Rights Global Policy Studies & International Security Health & Social Policy LBJ School

Sexual Violence in Colombia and Around the World: The Invisible, Mute, and Exempt Crime

Photo Credit: Jose Huesca/EPA via The Guardian Second in a series by Marcelle Cohen (LBJ MGPS Student) covering her internship at La Allianza Iniciativa de Mujeres Colombianas por la Paz. Sexual violation, forced marriage, forced prostitution, sexual slavery, forced abortion, forced sterilization; the negation of reproductive rights to access anti-contraceptives or protection from sexually transmitted disease; genital […]

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Health & Social Policy International Development Philanthropy & Non-Profit Organizations Summer Internships

Better Nutrition and Women’s Empowerment through Small-Scale Farming

There is widespread belief that small-scale farming is the sustainable and equitable solution to solving the crises of hunger and poverty in developing countries. For an international development course last semester, I reviewed Roger Thurow’s The Last Hunger Season, a journalistic account of how small-scale farming improved the lives of four farmers in rural villages […]

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Economics & Trade Policy Global Policy Studies & International Security Health & Social Policy International Development LBJ School Summer Internships

Strengthening Women’s Economic Entrepreneurship in Mongolia

While Mongolia has made considerable progress on key gender-related indicators under the Millennium Development Goals,[1] significant gender disparities remain in labor markets and the business sector. Women are underrepresented in the country’s high-growth industries, in managerial positions, and have limited participation in formal entrepreneurial activities. From a cultural perspective, women are also still viewed as […]