In a unique response to displacement organized by Patricia Guerrera, The City of Women has evolved to be a community of strong women activists.
Property rights serve as protection for women in Columbia where typically a house is owned by their husband and then inherited by their sons. The main purpose in organizing the City of Women was to create homes owned by women.
Beautiful houses built by women once homeless and without their own property, now serves as an example for rebuilding efforts in Columbia after the Civil War that displaced millions of people.
The current crisis in Afghanistan has jeopardized girls’ education and future. Developments of the past month suggest that the Taliban does not intend to retain women’s rights, contrary to what was promised to the people of Afghanistan, as women have been removed from government positions and boys were invited to start school (rather than both girls and boys). There has been no statement saying that girls would be prohibited from receiving education, however, and universities have opened for both men and women.
Though girls living in Afghanistan have written about their fears and uncertainty of the future, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, has commented on the situation saying that women will should be able to attend school as it is not Islamic to ban education for women.
The future remains undecided for girls in Afghanistan, and they continue to endure rapid changes to their world.
Something I haven’t thought about was how different genders have been affected by COVID-19, rather I assumed there wasn’t a huge difference.
Prior to the pandemic, we lived in a world where women had battled gender inequality in the workplace for years, though with countless setbacks, it had seemed that a trend of increasing opportunity and accessibility for all that identify as non-male was emerging.
However, the challenges that all people faced around the world during COVID, have had, and are likely to lead to, further disproportionate complications for minorities and women.