Stepping into Change: Migrant Women Workers in Thailand

February 12, 2013

The Global Gender Program supported the making of a short documentary produced by MAP Foundation. The 13-minute film highlights the conditions faced by Burmese migrant women workers in Thailand and the Women's Exchange program that has helped them.

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Power Dynamics and Sexual Relationships between Professors and Students at an Urban University in Benin

January 15, 2014

by Amanda Eller

This paper adds to the discussion of transactional sex relationships in Africa by examining the distinction between transactional sex and sexual harassment in the context of professor-student relationships and their inherent power dynamics. By exploring the ways in which female university students in urban Benin toe the line between empowered agent and victim, I show how the power differential between professor and student obstructs the professor’s ability to objectively determine consent, and examine why, in spite of this differential, male professors are frequently perceived as the victims of these relationships. Ethnographic data was gathered through participant observation on a public university campus in Benin, and in-depth interviews and focus groups with 34 students and 5 professors from that university. Findings suggest that the problem of sexual harassment on campus will be difficult to address so long as transactional sex relationships between professors and students are permitted to continue.
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Cream of the Crop: How Women are Emerging as Entrepreneurial Leaders in Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America

October 15, 2013

by Marlene Stearns

This collection of case studies compares the strategies used by ten women in eight sub-Saharan African and Latin American countries to successfully start an agri-business, finance growth, develop new sales, manage employees, manage familial responsibilities while running a business, and achieve industry leadership positions. Whereas many institutions have documented the challenges faced by women entrepreneurs and farmers in low-income countries, little research has documented the strategies women business owners have successfully employed to surmount the obstacles to doing business in the traditionally, male managed, agriculture and agribusiness sectors. This collection of case studies aims to address that gap.
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Gender Inclusion for Social Resilience: A Key Factor in Disaster Reduction, Relief, and Recovery

December 01, 2012

by Milad Pournik, Jaeeun Chung, and Barbara Miller

This report offers a brief review of the concept of social resilience, especially in relation to natural disasters and with specific attention to women and girls as victims of disasters and active participants in disaster prevention and response. It next provides a summary of a conference that took place at the George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs on October 11, 2012, marking the United Nations International Day for Disaster Reduction and its 2012 theme, Women & Girls: The inVisible Source of Resilience. Last, it summarizes how social resilience can create more secure societies in a changing world.
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