What are we going to do with women?

Young students in Tonga

Women and girls are often seen as instruments for creating everything from economic development to a better climate. Guest columnist Julia Schalk thinks that we should stop putting all the world's problems on the shoulders of women and girls. Photo: Connor Ashleigh / AusAID (CC BY 2.0)

Of: Julia Schalk

There is nothing women and girls, as collectives and individuals, should not be able to do. Do we want economic development? Invest in women, they distribute income more long-term (children's education). Reduced carbon emissions? Give women contraception so they give birth to fewer children (reduced population growth). Peace? Include women in peace negotiations. Fewer teenage pregnancies? Sex education for girls so they learn […]

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October 11, 2019, Guest chronicle

The conversation is the key to neat and efficient assistance

Demonstration for abortion in Argentina

When RFSU chooses partners, they must have a feminist foundation. At the same time, it is not RFSU that will control their struggle, writes Julia Schalk. Here Argentines demonstrate for abortion. Photo: Dianela Jael Gahn (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Of: Julia Schalk

How can we provide assistance on the terms of the recipients and at the same time be driven by a commitment to change? For RFSU, long-term cooperation must be based on a common feminist will to change, but it is our partners who can best concretize what this means in practice. The key is the conversation, writes Julia Schalk.

May 6, 2019, Guest chronicle