Joya Taft-Dick
Joya Taft-Dick

Joya is originally from Vermont, but grew up moving around overseas as the daughter of UN World Food Program employee. She has spent the last 9 years working on, writing about, or studying human security, development and violence prevention, all with a focus on gender. Joya received her bachelors’ degree from Middlebury College, where she double-majored in Religion and French, and holds a MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, with a research focus on gender-based violence in conflict settings.

June 21, 2013

In Australia, Aboriginal Women Are 80 Times More Likely to Experience Violence

Violence against women isn’t something only happening “over there.” It's happening right here, and its happening all of the time.

May 4, 2013

Peace Corps Equity Act Would Rightly Give Corps Volunteers Access to Total Health Care, Including Abortions

The "Peace Corps Equity Act" would finally provide female Peace Corps Volunteers the full health care coverage that they deserve, which includes abortion.
April 30, 2013

Men Can Stop Rape: Engaging Men is Crucial to Ending Sexual Violence

Domestically and internationally, we need better at engage men and boys in discussions around violence and sexual assault, for all of our sakes.
April 19, 2013

How Social Media Can Help End Rape Across the Globe

The Women Under Siege project pioneers an effort to collect data on sexual violence in Syria in real-time using social media and crowd sourcing.
April 1, 2013

Immigration Reform 2013: What About the Growing Number Of Female Immigrants?

Women make up well over half of the immigrant population, and yet their different obstacles and circumstances aren't being reflected in immigration reform efforts.
March 19, 2013

10-Year Iraq War Anniversary: Honor Female Service Members, Veterans

Women veterans returning from the war in Iraq often do so with complicated baggage inspired by events both on and off the battlefield.

March 4, 2013

Kenya Elections 2013: 8 Rape Survivors Suing Government For Inaction

Several Kenyan rape survivors who were assaulted during the violent 2007 elections are suing the government for inaction.
Feb. 28, 2013

'Girl Rising' Movie Review: Selena Gomez and Meryl Streep Join Fight For Female Education

'Girl Rising,' which hits theaters March 7, tells the story of nine girls in nine different countries who dream of attending school, like 66 million other girls worldwide.
Feb. 20, 2013

World Day of Social Justice: Ending Income Inequality is Our Biggest Challenge

In 2007, the UN designated February 20 as "World Day of Social Justice," a day to promote social well-being and justice for all. How can these dreams be achieved in the U.S.?
Feb. 15, 2013

One Billion Rising Protests: Washington Becomes Focal Point Of Global Fight Against Women's Violence

The One Billion Rising protests show that the public is taking collective outrage at this global brutality, and turning it into constructive, reformative, positive energy.
Feb. 4, 2013

Syrian Civil War: Sexual Violence Against Men and Women is Widespread in Conflict

According to the International Rescue Committee, rape and other forms of sexual violence are pervasive in Syria, affecting both men and women. Some experts believe the government is to blame.