Johanna Higgs

Anthropologist and Founder of Project Monma

Johanna Higgs was born in Mt Isa in the desert of Australia but grew up in Perth, Western Australia. Johanna has an undergraduate degree in Anthropology and Politics and wrote her honor’s thesis about the child soldiers of the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda. She has a Masters degree in International Development and is currently working on her PhD in Anthropology about the child combatants of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) in Colombia. She has travelled through many parts of the world including the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, North America, Asia, the Pacific Islands and Europe. She has a passion for women’s rights and founded the organization Project Monma which advocates for women’s rights around the world.

Male Entitlement To Objectify Women Needs To Stop

I feel the discomfort wash over me. He's leering and it's aggressive and blatant. It's done in such an unashamed way that it is obvious he feels a sense of superiority over me, a sense that he is entitled to blatantly treat me as a sexual object.
14/11/2017 13:47 GMT

Sexual Harassment Must Be Criminalised

It is essential that everybody, everywhere places pressure on their governments to implement laws that make sexual harassment not only illegal, but socially unacceptable. We as a global community need to work together to make it unacceptable for men to degrade and sexually humiliate women for their own perverse enjoyment.
26/09/2017 18:06 BST

Tunisia Leads The Muslim World On Women's Rights

'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.'
19/09/2017 17:39 BST

Sexual Harassment In Morocco, When Will It Stop?

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.
28/08/2017 20:29 BST

Stop Telling Women What To Wear

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.
16/08/2017 16:20 BST

Why Women Don't Speak Out

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.
04/07/2017 12:55 BST

The Power Of Women

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.'
12/06/2017 13:18 BST

What Is The Problem With Women Having Rights?

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?
10/05/2017 17:26 BST

Stop The Silence Around Violence Against Women

We need to do something about it and we need to do something about it today. In no single person's moral universe, whether guided by religion or any other cultural value, should the violation and degradation of another's physical body or integrity be allowed.
27/04/2017 17:31 BST

Violence Against Women Is Not 'Cultural'

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.
09/04/2017 20:50 BST