World Watch

World Watch July 5, 2014

Taylor Crain
Written by Taylor Crain

Resurgence of the Western media’s morbid fascination with sexual assault in India has sensationalized the country’s “deeply embedded rape culture.” However, the US and its European brethren have yet to resolve domestic sexual assault, and their statistics are just as disturbing as nations further east—in some cases, they’re far worse. When the luxury of distance results in hypocrisy, a human rights crisis is reduced to a news headline, and an entire culture becomes recognizable only by its lowest common denominator.

The Americas

A 5-to-4 Supreme Court ruling this Monday states that corporations will not be required to provide contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act if doing so interferes with a religious prerogative. Dissenters of the decision, Justice Ginsberg among them, fear that the ruling has opened the doors to a myriad of discrimination.

So called “frat house culture” may be to blame for the gender disparity in the tech fields—as the recent Tinder lawsuit seems to indicate—but the under-representation of women in silicon valley goes far deeper than workplace misconduct.

Defining the use of “utmost resistance” in order to identify  “real” rape could spell out a nightmare for those who choose to come forward—and further discourage the pursuit of justice against the most under-reported crime in the world.

Your annual, invasive pelvic exam may be a thing of the past: new guidelines from the American College of Physicians describe the check-up staple as unnecessary for otherwise healthy women.

Europe

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The European Court of Human Rights upholds France’s full-face veil ban, claiming that the law “does not violate freedom of thought, conscious, or religion”

Africa

Former first lady of Somalia, Edna Adan, an activist who has dedicated her life to combating gender violence, finds a new optimism is Britain’s determination to crack down on female genital mutilation.

Despite months of effort and foreign assistance, 219 of the Nigerian schoolgirls held captive by Boko Haram remain unaccounted for.

Middle East

“The Middle East Revealed” features the work of photographers Boushra Almutawakel, Shadi Ghadirian, Rania Matar and Reem Al Faisal in a collection that showcases traditions and sanctuaries with non-western, female identities.

In the last decade, HIV infections in the Middle East and North Africa have increased by 52%, with marriage becoming the greatest risk factor for the region’s women.

Asia

Does wearing a bikini to the beach encourage sexual assault? With a series of primitive remarks, Goan cabinet minister Sudhin Dhavalikar asserts just that.

Japan, a country with increasing labor shortages and a large population of educated, underemployed women, is forced to examine a workplace culture dominated by male traditionalists.

About the author

Taylor Crain

Taylor Crain

Taylor Crain is a Chicago born writer and committed pedestrian earning her Fiction Writing BFA from Columbia College Chicago. When not hoofing it around town on foot, she allocates a significant amount of time to practicing melt-into-your-mat yoga and dancing to cardio videos which in no way make her look dorky. She aspires to one day learn to ride a bike.

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