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  • Comments on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2018 - What are your thoughts on progress made for rights of women in the United States and on the International front? This year, International Women’s Day came at a pivotal moment, with a wave of women’s activism , from the #MeToo movement to #TimesUp and beyond, exposing the structures that have allowed women’s oppression to flourish. ...
  • A TIME OF GIVING - Giving back to others should happen all year around, but there is something special happening at this time of the year that reminds us of that act of unselfishness. To help others have a better life is something we can all do whether it is giving our time to help someone in need or giving resources ...
  • Florida, a Hotspot for Child Marriage? - I came across this flash plea from the Human Rights Watch and felt compelled to post it along with one of my images.   Children can legally marry in Florida. There is, in fact, no minimum age for these marriages when the child marrying is pregnant or has a baby and a judge authorizes it. From ...
  • PROGRESS TOWARDS ENDING FGM IN SAMBURU, KENYA (Female Genital Mutilation) - I just returned from Kenya, Africa. While there, I visited several Maasai villages to photograph and interview the women.   One of the villages that I visited in Samburu has an active project to educate young girls in the health issues of the practice of female genital mutilation, which has been a cultural practice for many ...
  • WOMEN’S RIGHTS IN CUBA - I just returned from a photographic trip to Cuba. It is very evident that rebuilding of structures in Havana is taking place. I observed a great deal of reconstruction. Having said that, Havana has a long way to go to upgrade it’s infrastructure. Many decades have passed since the buildings have been attended to. I had ...
  • Intersectional Feminism and the Women’s March on Washington - The following blog has been written by Camille Kim, a contributor to Our Sister’s Keeper, and a student of social justice at George Washington University, in D.C.  The writing expresses her opinions and observations after participating in the Women’s March in D.C. As an introduction, I am providing a definition of Intersectional Feminism (Marie Plakos) “Intersectional ...
  • EARLY MARRIAGES IN THE UNITED STATES - In one of his first acts as President, Trump signed an executive order that will restrict women’s health and threaten their lives. As Trump continues his attack on our core rights values, we need your help now on another vital women’s rights issue. Did you know 14-year-olds can legally marry in New York State? And that from ...
  • The Story of Leo Thi Chai - Photographing in the northern part of Vietnam, Hanoi and San La regions, I was able to meet Vietnamese women, many belonging to the Black Thai and Hmong cultures.My impressions of the women were that they epitomize the meaning of strength and beauty.   Let me give an example. While in Son La I met a woman ...
  • A WOMAN OF STRENGTH AND BEAUTY - I have just returned from Vietnam traveling with the medical NGO, Mobility Outreach International. Their current mission in Vietnam is to treat patients with club foot/feet, many of which are children. In the past the organization was also involved in providing prosthetic devices for amputees. One of the visits we made on this trip was ...
  • SEXUALLY CHARGED WORDS DO MATTER - I have been working to bring awareness of abuses against women and girls to the forefront of discussion and action through my project Our Sister’s Keeper.  I was shocked to see a video tape of a current presidential candidate so blatantly verbally abusing women through the most sexist remarks. I asked a friend, Camille Kim, ...