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Dear World, Let’s Give Saudi Women Some Credit

TweetWell, look here, world. In a stunning move of independence replete of any help, force, or aid from the West, the first female law firm has opened in Saudi Arabia, two months after its founder and three other female lawyers were granted licenses to practice law in the nation. The law firm will focus on [...]
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Seeking transformative justice in the aftermath of the New Delhi rape case

Tweetby Ruth Messinger and Javid Syed On September 13th, ten months after the brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old Indian woman in New Delhi, the four men accused of the crime were found guilty and sentenced to death. Importantly, this case has garnered international attention and sparked meaningful dialogue among human rights activists, lawmakers and [...]
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The Miss America who could never be Miss India?

TweetIn a recent vitriolic article (here), Asha Rangappa, Associate Dean of the Yale Law School, suggests that Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2014, could never have been crowned Miss India, because of her decidedly brown skin. Indians, you see, prefer light skin. So far so good. Kind of. First Miss Rangappa presumes that Nina Davuluri looks [...]
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Hold the Jubilation: Delhi gang-rape and what it means for women’s place in society

TweetOn Friday September 13th 2013 when four men convicted of brutally raping a young woman in Delhi in December 2013, were sentenced to death by hanging, the announcement was met with widespread jubilation. In December (and indeed even now as an NYTimes article points out http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/14/world/asia/4-sentenced-to-death-in-rape-case-that-riveted-india.html?ref=global-home) many thought that death by hanging was too soft [...]
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Open Letter For A Mosaic Movement: Troubling The Water

TweetI woke up Sunday morning disoriented, angry and resolved. I found myself walking up Adam Clayton Powell heading to the Justice for Trayvon rally in Harlem on 125th Street. After hearing my comrades speak passionately, poignantly and powerfully, I felt moved to speak out, too. It was the first time I had spoken at a [...]
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