In the realm of public polices, data is a great diagnostician. Much like x-rays and blood tests, data helps to identify where the problems lie and to uncover their causes. Without such information, how can we possibly treat our social ills? Today is the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOTB), a global annual landmark dedicated to increasing … [Read more...] about Data for Equality
As we have struggled to navigate the current crisis, we have heard the coronavirus referred to as a “great equalizer”. These claims, however, were swiftly rebuked. While the virus can indeed affect any one of us, we know that individuals with preexisting medical conditions are extremely vulnerable. And pre-existing social and economic inequalities can be just as devastating. … [Read more...] about No great equalizer
Nov-25. International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. “You are useless and stupid; you never do anything right.” “If you leave the house again without my permission, you will really be sorry”. Violence against women starts with words. And while words do not produce the same kinds of visible marks as physical violence, their effects can be just as damaging. … [Read more...] about How can it be love if it sounds so hateful?
October 1st - International Day of Older Persons. Let’s be honest, growing older is hard. And it is particularly hard for women who are least visible at this stage of life. Nearly 25% of the world’s women are age 50 and older and they account for more than half of the population 60 and older. Yet we know very little about what happens to them after age 49: their sexual … [Read more...] about The strange case of women who disappear at age 49
MAY 8TH, MOTHER´S DAY. I know that I am not alone in carrying with me daily a sense of unease about how much time I am away from my child and what effect that will have on him. Mothers’ stress about limited quality time with their children and their children’s wellbeing is a common thread of the conversations between mothers. And for single mothers, this stress is even more … [Read more...] about When I grow up I want to be like my mom