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Blogs by Rebecca O’Keeffe

Violence Against Women in the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Lifeline

Rebecca O’Keeffe The podcast Essential Voices with Wilmer Valderrama recently released an episode called ‘Lifelines’ which discussed sexual and domestic violence and the particular effect COVID has had on this issue. The episode featured essential worker Solange Ramkissoon; actor and advocate Gabrielle Union; and gender-based violence expert Lina AbiRafeh.  Solange Ramkissoon described her work as … Continue reading “Violence Against Women in the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Lifeline”

Gender (in)Equality: Going for Gold?

Rebecca O’Keeffe The International Olympic Committee has declared these Olympic Winter Games to be the “most gender-balanced” to date with women constituting 45% of athletes. These Beijing games will feature the highest number of women’s events, four new mixed-gender events, and full gender balance will be achieved for the first time in several events thanks to changes … Continue reading “Gender (in)Equality: Going for Gold?”

12th Anniversary of the Haitian Earthquake: The Need for a Gendered Approach to Recovery

Rebecca O’ Keeffe Yesterday, January 12th, marked twelve years since the devastating Haitian earthquake where it is estimated over 250,000 people lost their lives, about 300,000 people were injured, and 1.5 million people were displaced. In fact, one-third of the population were affected by the earthquake—one of the deadliest on record. A country already fragile, … Continue reading “12th Anniversary of the Haitian Earthquake: The Need for a Gendered Approach to Recovery”

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