Covenants without the sword: International humanitarian law (IHL) and sexual violence

by LISA SHARLACH, PhD **Trigger warning: this blog speaks about sexual violence against women. How do we stop sexual violence in civil war?  My goal is not to offer a comparative assessment of various tactics to stop war rape.  Instead, I look at the ineffectiveness of one particular tactic – law, both domestic and international.  … Continue reading Covenants without the sword: International humanitarian law (IHL) and sexual violence

Be a Real Man: Toxic Masculinity

What does it mean to “be a man”?  The traditional response would involve being dominant, physically strong, and emotionally closed off.  Some might see someone who is tough and intimidating, who never cries in front of others, and say that he is a “real man.”  Men in our society are pressured to fit perfectly into … Continue reading Be a Real Man: Toxic Masculinity

Crisis in Myanmar: Ethnic Cleansing of the Rohingya

**This is a repost. Please make plans to join us for a lecture and discussion with Dr. Wakar Uddin on Monday, Nov 13 at 630pm, in the Edge of Chaos. Trigger warning: this blog references graphic physical and sexual violence. Please do not read if easily affected by these topics.   “Now is the worst … Continue reading Crisis in Myanmar: Ethnic Cleansing of the Rohingya

It’s Not Just Irma and Harvey: Deadly Floods Affect Millions Around the World

These past few weeks have been a very vulnerable time for our global community. Media has been predominately focusing on the countries and victims affected by Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Jose, however nature’s violent outcry stormed communities all over the world- not just the hurricanes in the West. Powerful monsoons struck South Asia, affecting more … Continue reading It’s Not Just Irma and Harvey: Deadly Floods Affect Millions Around the World

The Reality of Climate Change and its Effects on Human Rights and the Refugee Crisis

What is climate change? To understand climate change, we must first know what climate is and how it is different from the weather. Weather is what we see change on a day to day basis. We can see and feel the changes in weather: sunny one day, rainy the next, and back to sunny again. Weather also … Continue reading The Reality of Climate Change and its Effects on Human Rights and the Refugee Crisis

The Arc of History Bends towards Justice

On Sunday, January 15, 2017–the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr–Ajanet Rountree and I filed into the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL, a day before the nation officially recognized Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The historic location held a special church service commemorating King and his contemporaries, reinforcing the role Birmingham … Continue reading The Arc of History Bends towards Justice