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Rajkumar Singh August 2, 2019
Women represent nearly half the world’s population yet confront inequities that include dowry requirements, female infanticide and sex-elected abortions as well as with health, poverty, education and domestic violence. Women should understand that globalization favors self-reliant and self-regulated economic enterprises, suggests Rajkumar Singh, a professor of political science. Securing human...
Maya Oppenheim May 15, 2019
Voters select candidates for many reasons including economic and security issues. Women make up the majority of registered voters in many nations, yet large numbers support candidates who display misogynistic streaks. Far-right candidates are gaining traction. “From the parliamentary gains of far-right populist parties in Europe to those authoritarian demagogues that have gained power at the...
Elle Hunt March 12, 2019
Raising children is a long-term endeavor, and parents resist raising children in a disaster-prone setting. As researchers warn about the risks of climate change and journalists document extreme storms, wildfires and floods, people are increasingly wary about bringing children into this world and critical of politicians who take no action. Young adults once hesitated to speak out about such...
October 12, 2018
No country is immune from boorish behavior by some powerful elites. The #MeToo movement began in the United States, with accusations and investigations against film directors, journalists, corporate and political leaders, a Supreme Court nominee and more – and may be spreading to India with an accusation of a Bollywood actress. An Asian Age opinion essay poses questions that apply to the movement...
Chris Lau July 12, 2018
Hong Kong’s top court ruled in favor of LGBTI rights in early July, “requiring immigration authorities to grant same-sex partners spousal visas previously available only to heterosexual couples.” The decision was unanimous and will give the city a boost in welcoming skilled foreign workers. Marriage in Hong Kong is still confined to between a man and a woman, but the special administrative region...
September 29, 2017
On September 26 Saudi Arabia announced an end to its longstanding ban on female drivers. As the lone country in the world “to have such a stricture … [the law has become] a symbol of the ultraconservative kingdom’s repression of women.” As the Economist observes, “For many Saudi women, the change is long overdue.” Saudi Arabia adheres to strict interpretations of sharia law and tribal customs....
Ralph Jennings May 31, 2017
Taiwan’s Constitutional Court declared that same-sex marriage is part of the “people’s right to equality” in May and became the first place in Asia to legalize the practice. The island has a history of practicing progressive values, with the LGBT movement forming more than two decades ago as politicians attempted to build a more pluralistic society. “Taiwanese LGBT groups are wondering now who...