Month: July 2011

Purses Over Policy? Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Makes Headlines

Hina Rabbani Khar was just appointed Pakistan’s first female foreign minister, but by reading the headlines you would be forgiven for thinking she had just become the country’s latest fashion export. Khar went over to India this week, marking the first official state visit between the two countries since the 2008 terrorist bombings in Mumbai, …

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A Beating for a Phone: Women Struggle to Access Mobile Technology

People are always shocked to learn how widespread and easily available mobile technology is in “developing nations” like Bangladesh, Kenya, and Afghanistan. When my husband visited my city of birth, Dhaka last year he could not believe how many people had cell phones in a country where more than half of the population cannot access …

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