Violence Against Women

Anushay’s Point: Rape Culture Rampant In South Asia

The controversy around the British documentary, India’s Daughter, which interviews the alleged rapists from the infamous 2012 gang-rape of a female student on a New Delhi bus, continues to rage. I spoke with CNN’s Carol Costello last week about why India is banning this documentary, and I stressed that journalism here is not the crime, …

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Knowing Why We Celebrate International Women’s Day

*This post of mine was also published on The Huffington Post.* Women’s History Month is underway, and next week we celebrate International Women’s Day, but how many of us actually know what this day is all about? International Women’s Day began in the early 1900’s during a time when American women were becoming more vocal …

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Anushay’s Point: Generalizing Muslims Needs To End

It was great returning to PBS’ To The Contrary last week to talk about the Vatican and women, female rangers, and Former UN official May Rihani’s new book in which she says Islam, the west, and other cultures are more similar than many realize. I could not agree with Ms. Rihani more, and I took …

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Feminists Rocked 2014

*This post of mine was also published on The Huffington Post & ClickIttefaq.* As the year wraps up and our social media news feeds become filled with lists ranging from the past year’s highlights to the coming year’s resolutions, my favorites catalogue just how hard 2014 rocked for feminists. “It’s clear 2014 was a historic one for feminism,” …

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Zero Tolerance: Responding To UVA’s Rape On Campus On PBS

Saying it has been a difficult few weeks for anyone associated with the University of Virginia, as alum, students, faculty or sexual assault victims, would be an understatement. After the explosive investigative report in Rolling Stone magazine, my beloved alma mater became the face of the campus sexual assault in America. Who is to blame? …

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Beyond The Lights: How Pop Culture Exploits Women

The new film by Gina Prince-Byethwood, acclaimed director of Love and Basketball, explores how young women are hyper-sexualized, packaged and sold by the music industry. It’s a beautiful love story that tackles heavy themes of feminism, sexism and ageism. I had the amazing honor of watching an advanced screening at the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of …

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Anushay’s Point On Women’s Health: No Uterus, No Opinion

Is there anything I love more than discussing feminism with intelligent women? The answer would be no. It was so great to be on HuffPost Live from New York City talking about all the major women’s stories of the week with the always fabulous Caroline Modrassey-Tehrani. We discussed the importance of new legislation in California …

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Anushay’s Point: More Must Be Done To Stop Rape As Weapon Of War

Last week on PBS, we talked about a host of issues including sexual violence during war, the ethics of surrogacy and how we can effectively tackle child abuse. Often when we talk about rape as a weapon of war, we approach the issue as an inevitable product of conflict. We must change this attitude. As Angelina …

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