“A promise is a promise.”

From Ban Ki Moon’s statements at the International Women’s Day event at UN headquarters: “Look around at the women you are with. Think of those you cherish in your families and your communities. And understand that there is a statistical likelihood that many of them have suffered violence in their lifetime.” “This year on International…

“Me preocupa el silencio”/”Silence worries me”

Last week, I had the good fortune to see a presentation given by Ms. Josefina Vazquez Mota, who was the 2012 presidential candidate of the National Action Party in Mexico. Ms. Mota won her party’s primary election last February, winning grassroots support to beat Enrique Peña Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party. Despite an overhaul…

VAWA Victory

Today, the House passed the Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act. The Senate version was expected to fail, but the Senate VAWA bill won bipartisan support after a split among House Republicans based on their own version of the bill. President Obama expressed thanks for leaders of both parties, and stated that he…

The Stealth War on VAWA

The Violence Against Women Act will be put up for a vote once again tomorrow, after Congress failed to reauthorize it last year for the first time since 1994. House Republicans are now allowing for the Senate version to be put up for a vote, rather than pushing for the House bill , which left…

Flashback to San Antonio

I’d been waiting in the Starbucks with my project partner for an uncomfortable twenty minutes or so, driven to racially profiling customers and even asking one or two if they were the people with whom we were supposed to meet. After we anxiously exchanged ideas about what to do for a few more minutes, a…

Trying to get my op-ed published

  A Call to Action   It is not only me, a woman of Pakistani roots, but all rational human beings on the planet, that are praying for young Malala Yousufzai as she fights for her life in a hospital in the U.K. The young girl has captivated hearts and minds worldwide and created urgency within…

On being brave

All I have been able to think about since yesterday is the girl whose story has caught wildfire, Malala Yousufzai. The fourteen-year-old activist, who received Pakistan’s highest civilian honor for her work promoting girls’ education in the Swat Valley, was shot yesterday by the Taliban in the head and neck. They “claimed responsibility”, as if,…