Critical Half

A Bi-Annual Journal

Since 2003, Critical Half, the bi-annual academic journal of Women for Women International, has presented various perspectives on economic, social, and political issues as they relate to women in international development and conflict and post-conflict societies. The journal aims to raise awareness and spark debate among a variety of audiences about the importance of women's participation in development and reconstruction, and to discuss the unique contributions that women can make to these processes.

Issue 9: Organizing Toward Social Change

This issue of Critical Half explores the ways women’s organizing—locally and globally—drives social change, and offers creative strategies for advancing the Global Women’s Movement. The articles featured in this issue represent the diversity of groups and individuals participating in the Movement, underscoring the unique way it embraces and incor­porates varied perspectives. Contributors include Afshan Jafar, Kristiano Raccanello, Jayant Anand, Patricia Arroyo Martínez, Dr. Yingyi Ma, Dr. J. Shantz, Abby Gondek, Dr. Amanda Gouws, Claire R. Thomas, and Seida Saric, Director of Women for Women International in Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Issue 8: Gender-Based Violence

This issue discusses the advencement of women's NGO's. Articles discuss the ways that narratives can provide context and insight into gender-based violence that occurs during conflict, how sharing their stories can embolden women to become agents of change, and the contribution that women’s narratives can make to peace-building efforts. Contributors include Emiko Noma, Erica K. Sewell, Elisabeth Porter, Dushyanthi Hoole, and Honorata Kizende—a graduate of Women for Women International’s program in the DR Congo who has joined our staff as a trainer and continues to share her story in order to help other women begin their journey from victim to survivor to active citizen.


Issue 7: The Power of Women's Narratives

This issue discusses the power of women’s narratives to promote justice and peace in their lives, families and communities. Articles discuss the ways that narratives can provide context and insight into gender-based violence that occurs during conflict, how sharing their stories can embolden women to become agents of change, and the contribution that women’s narratives can make to peace-building efforts. Contributors include Emiko Noma, Erica K. Sewell, Elisabeth Porter, Dushyanthi Hoole, and Honorata Kizende—a graduate of Women for Women International’s program in the DR Congo who has joined our staff as a trainer and continues to share her story in order to help other women begin their journey from victim to survivor to active citizen.


Issue 6: The Importance of Men to the Women's Rights Movement

This issue focuses on how men can be engaged to support and promote women’s rights and thus help to establish gender equitable societies. Articles discuss men’s fears of and hopes about “women’s empowerment”; factors and incentives that influence men’s receptiveness to economic, social, and political programs for women; and proven strategies to create partnerships with men and positively transform gender relations. Contributors include Michael Flood, Elizabeth Powley, Elizabeth Pearson, Okumba Miruka, Alicia Simoni, Shukria Dini, and Patricia T. Morris, Women for Women International’s Director of Programs.


Issue 5: Support for Women in Conflict Societies

This issue focuses on psychosocial support for women in conflict and post-conflict societies. Articles highlight the psychological and social difficulties encountered by conflict-affected women, and discuss ways to design effective psychosocial programs that facilitate healing and encourage women’s active participation in the reconstruction of their communities. Contributors include David Hutton, Patricia Omidian, Kenneth E. Miller, Livia Iskandar-Dharmawan, Khairani Arifin, Cristel Amiss, Anne Neale, Barbara Weyermann, Arlene Audergon, and Women for Women International – Nigeria Director Ngozi Eze.


Issue 4: Social Exclusion

This issue focuses on social exclusion, and discusses how gender-based exclusion is magnified for women in conflict and post-conflict societies. Articles address the economic, political, and social aspects of exclusion and discuss some of the ways in which women create their own opportunities for inclusion. Contributors include Alex Otieno, Sarab Abu-Rabia-Queder, Pamela A. De Voe, C.J. Larkin, Jackie Kirk, Rebecca Winthrop, Flor Edilma Osorio Pérez, Olga Lucía Castillo Ospina, Tammy Smith, and Women for Women International – Democratic Republic of the Congo Director Judithe Registre.


Issue 3: Gender and Constitution Building

This issue focuses on gender and constitution-building, and the impact they have on each other. Articles examine issues such as how to enshrine women's rights in constitutions, what constitutes equality, and provide specific case studies in Afghanistan and Uganda. Contributors include Jolynn Shoemaker, Ilja A. Luciak, Rebecca Linder, Horia Mosadiq, Cara Dilts, Rashida Manjoo, and Women for Women International Regional Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa Manal Omar.


Issue 2: Gender and Microcredit

This issue focuses on gender and microcredit, and the impact they have on each other. Articles examine topics such as microcredit and Muslim women, the possibilities and limitations of microcredit, and microcredit's potential to create social change. Contributors include Kiran Asher and Veena Sampathkumar, B. Lynne Milgram, Nanci Lee, Caroline Shenaz Hossein, Haifa Abu Ghazaleh, and Women for Women International – Bosnia and Herzegovina Director Seida Saric.


Issue 1: Religion and Its Impact on Women

This issue focuses on religion and the impact it has on women in the development process, with special attention to topics such as religion and globalization, women’s status in religion, and religion and national identity. Contributors include Hoda Rouhana, Abdulaziz Sachedina, Charlotte Spinks, Rose Uchem, Sumona Vohra, and Women for Women International President and CEO Zainab Salbi and Women for Women International – Afghanistan Director Lina Abirafeh.

 
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