A Closer Look at Women’s Issues


Mylie Velasquez (Editor)

Series: Women’s Issues
BISAC: SOC028000

This book covers a wide range of women’s issues, including their health, education, safety and security. Chapter 1 looks at improving the rights and status of women and girls worldwide. Chapter 2 examines whether and how U.S. trade preference programs protect or promote women’s rights and economic interests. Chapter 3 reports on child marriage and the devastating impact it has on girls. Women’s meaningful participation and leadership in political and civil life and empowering them to play key roles in decision-making and peace processes are discussed in Chapters 4 and 5. Chapters 6 and 7 examine the nature and extent of women’s involvement in violent extremism and peacemaking in contemporary Afghanistan. Chapter 8 provides background and data on key issues regarding women in the MENA region and describes selected ways in which Congress has engaged on issues such as women’s legal rights, economic participation, and political representation; the humanitarian impact of conflict and displacement on women; women’s inclusion in conflict resolution and peace processes; violence against women; and women’s roles in perpetuating and combatting violent extremism.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Global Women’s Issues: Background and Selected U.S. Efforts
(Luisa Blanchfield, Rhoda Margesson and Tiaji Salaam-Blyther)

Chapter 2. International Trade: Observations on Whether Women’s Rights and Economic Interests Are Protected or Promoted by U.S. Trade Preference Programs
(United States Government Accountability Office)

Chapter 3. Protecting Girls: Global Efforts to End Child Marriage
(Committee on Foreign Relations)

Chapter 4. Women in Conflict: Advancing Women’s Role in Peace and Security
(Committee on Foreign Relations)

Chapter 5. Empowering Women and Girls and Promoting International Security
(Committee on Oversight and Reform)

Chapter 6. Afghan Women’s Views on Violent Extremism and Aspirations to a Peacemaking Role
(Haseeb Humayoon and Mustafa Basij-Rasikh)

Chapter 7. Afghan Women and Girls: Status and Congressional Action
(Clayton Thomas and Sarah R. Collins)

Chapter 8. Women in the Middle East and North Africa: Issues for Congress
(Zoe Danon and Sarah R. Collins)


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