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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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