Woman Working on a Dive Bomber

In a World in Which ‘Everyday Sexism’ Remains Rife, Progress on Gender Discrimination Will Require Quotas

In a world in which ‘everyday sexism’ remains rife, gender discrimination presents special challenges. This article describes a report which argues that in many fields – notably political representation – progress will require the implementation of quotas: a controversial recommendation which presents both political and legal dilemmas.
Nekbakhat, aged 50, had to flee her home with her husband and five children in the middle of the night when the flood came in August 2010. 
"Before the flood I was happy here. The water came in the middle of the night. It was difficult to escape in the dark. We were holding onto each other and crying."

"It is good now that we have clean water here again. Since we came back we had to go to the next village to get water, so now it is a little easier. The hygiene training has also been good, and it means that now there is no disease in the village".
"The problem now is that we cannot grow rice or wheat to eat, not even fodder for the animals".

Nekbakhat's village is one of hundreds that are being helped to recover from the disaster by the NGO Mercy Corps, with the support of funding from the British government's Department for International Development.Mercy Corps have installed clean water pumps and basic sanitation in the village, to help meet people's basic needs as they return home after the flood waters subside.

Help Me Understand! Dr. J Ann Tickner on Gender in International Relations

Dr. J Ann Tickner, Professor Emerita of International Relations at the University of Southern California and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at American University spoke with HippoReads on her motivations behind studying Feminism in IR, discusses the field of Feminism in IR and its importance, and summarizes the field’s achievements and challenges today.