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Tunisia Leads The Muslim World On Women's Rights

Johanna Higgs | Posted 19.09.2017 | UK
Johanna Higgs

'Education,' she says. 'It was also the way in which I was raised, we are now supposed to be very open minded in Tunisia. I have also travelled and when you go to other countries and you see women in a bad situation, you ask why? But it is also because I dream of things, I want to have the same things as men.'

Sexual Harassment In Morocco, When Will It Stop?

Johanna Higgs | Posted 29.08.2017 | UK
Johanna Higgs

As Morocco appears to be rocked by the latest sex attack, where six men sexually assaulted a young woman on a public bus in Casablanca, in the middle of the day, in front of other passengers, I was not overly surprised.

Stop Telling Women What To Wear

Johanna Higgs | Posted 16.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Johanna Higgs

A discussion over sexual harassment, of course, led to a discussion on clothing. These men were alluding to the very offensive suggestion that men are unable to stop themselves from sexually harassing women, because of the clothes that women wear.

The Young Woman Standing Up To Violence In Thailand

Johanna Higgs | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK
Johanna Higgs

My work on raising awareness about violence against women and girls around the world with my foundation Project Monma has this time brought me to Thai...

Why Women Don't Speak Out

Johanna Higgs | Posted 04.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Johanna Higgs

Sexual harassment needs to stop. Leering, degrading comments and unwanted touching, women don't like it. If you harass a woman, it's your fault. Nobody made you do it, you are in control of your own behavior. It's not what she's wearing, it's not how many sexual partners she's had, it's you. Respect others in the street or the workplace as you yourself would like to be respected. Most of all, respect a woman's right to speak out.

The Power Of Women

Johanna Higgs | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK
Johanna Higgs

Standing on the frontline with ISIS in Northern Iraq, I stood flanked by a group of female Peshmerga soldiers. Just over the mountain behind the small Peshmerga army base, we could see a cloud of smoke shooting up into the air. The women pointed excitedly and shouted, 'they're bombing ISIS.'

Stop Shaming Women

Johanna Higgs | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK
Johanna Higgs

Sexual freedom. Something that men often claim for themselves. Something that is defined as a male right, male privilege. Men should be promiscuous,...

What Is The Problem With Women Having Rights?

Johanna Higgs | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK
Johanna Higgs

Women should have the right to walk down the street free of harassment, to not be hit by their husbands and to not be blamed for being sexually objectified by men. Women and girls should have the right to education, to not be controlled by male members of their family and to have the same rights to sexual freedom, as men allow themselves. What is the problem with this?

Don't Forget About The Women In War

Johanna Higgs | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK
Johanna Higgs

As the brutal chemical bombings in Syria dominate the news headlines, the general consensus amongst the media seems to be one of horror. As it should ...

Violence Against Women Is Not 'Cultural'

Johanna Higgs | Posted 09.04.2017 | UK
Johanna Higgs

Violence can never and should never, be justified under the banner of culture. Men do not allow violence to be perpetrated against them, or to be justified or excused as culture, and neither should women. Any act that causes physical or psychological harm and creates an environment where one does not have access to the same rights and opportunities as others, must be condemned.

The Nightmare Of Living With Violence: Women In Namibia

Johanna Higgs | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK
Johanna Higgs

'Ah these South African men like to hit their wives,' laughs one Namibian man in the costal city of Swakopumund, Namibia. We're watching a South Afric...

Sexual Harassment In Iraqi Kurdistan: A Problem For All Girls

Johanna Higgs | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK
Johanna Higgs

I'm in Iraqi Kurdistan. It's my third time here. Each time I come, it's to learn more about the different forms of violence and discrimination facing women and girls in the region as part of my work with my women's rights organization Project Monma.

Surviving Violence In The Sahara: The Women Of Mauritania

Johanna Higgs | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK Politics
Johanna Higgs

Slavery. Perhaps one of the worst phenomenon's occurring on this earth at this time. No freedom to make choices in your life. No ability to protec...

The Girls Of The Congo: Living Amongst Violence, Slavery And Witchcraft

Johanna Higgs | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK Politics
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Fear of sorcery also often prevents women and girls from speaking out about violence. 'They believe that if they accuse someone of violence than they will go to a marabout, a local witchdoctor, and they will do a spell against them,' says Kouyakaba. Girls therefore often choose to remain silent about violence they have experienced.