Gender and Sexuality

Que Sea Ley

Que Sea Ley

Recent decades have seen social activism turn to law as a battleground for social change. While the rejection in Argentina of a bill to legalize abortion left many feeling cheated, the effects of the campaign, Que Sea Ley (English: Let It Be Law), transcended purely legal change.

Nanette, the end of stand-up?

Nanette, the end of stand-up?

“Nanette,” a Netflix comedy special, features Hannah Gadsby, a comedian who decides to give up comedy following a lifelong career, as she realizes that genuine connection between people emerged through stories and not jokes. Oftentimes the “punchline” of a joke leaves out much of the story — oftentimes, the more difficult parts that reside in stereotypes, satire, and mockery of the “other.”

Professional secrecy in abortion cases: the inhumane dilemma between prison and death

Professional secrecy in abortion cases: the inhumane dilemma between prison and death

The protection of professional secrecy in abortion cases is a fundamental guarantee for women to exercise their right to terminate a pregnancy. If doctors continue to violate professional secrecy and report on abortion cases, women will continue to be subjected to an inhumane dilemma, having to choose between prison or death.

Innovative approaches to the drug problem and imprisonment

Innovative approaches to the drug problem and imprisonment

The experiences of Uruguay, Costa Rica and Ecuador show that it is possible and useful to apply innovative approaches to drug-related incarceration. However, they also highlight the limits of these programs and their failure to prevent further criminal activity. 

Gender is Everyone’s Issue

Gender is Everyone’s Issue

I was one of the many young women who bristled at the idea – largely espoused by women in our parents’ generation – that I had to vote for Hillary Clinton because she was a woman. When former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright appeared at a Clinton rally, stating that there was “a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other,” I was outraged. There were so many issues more important to me than gender in this election – the U.S. war machine, health care, foreign policy, climate change, immigration. The list went on.

The Growing Political Power of Christian Groups in Colombia Is a Threat to Women and LGBTI People’s Rights

The Growing Political Power of Christian Groups in Colombia Is a Threat to Women and LGBTI People’s Rights

As a feminist raised in the United States, my political formation was informed by constant, exhausting battles with the religious right regarding women’s and LGBTI rights. Thus, when I moved to Colombia five years ago, it was refreshing to witness a more effective separation of Church and State in the political sphere