Gay Rights as Human Rights

The pitfalls and promises of global LGBTQ activism “Gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights,” Hillary Clinton said in 2011 to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. The relationship between LGBTQ activism and human rights has become the subject of both celebration and criticism. On the one hand, human rights initiatives…

The Crisis of Girls’ Education in West and Central Africa

Obstacles to securing the right to education amidst violence, gender expectations & colonial legacy In May 2015, an international conference in Oslo, Norway opened for endorsement the Safe Schools Declaration, an inter-governmental political commitment to strengthen education in times of conflict. By declaring the need to “promote and protect the right to education and to…

Modern Slavery in Mauritania

Slavery still exists. It is not a practice banished by history, locked within the “shameful episode” chapter of a textbook. It is a practice alive and well. And in some cases, it is thriving. One of the places most wounded by this disgraceful institution is the West-African country Mauritania, which CNN aptly dubbed “slavery’s last…

Exodus: Eritrean Refugees and the Journey to Asylum

The under-covered refugee crisis: Eritrea has been wrought with civil turmoil, producing many refugees eager to flee the oppressive conditions. Almost 10% of the population have left in the past few years, many seeking asylum in Europe or crowding into refugee camps. They face discrimination and threats of deportation from nations such as Israel. How…