Saudi Arabian Women Can Now Drive: What Still Needs to be Done

By: Samantha Mintz-Agnello On Sunday, June 24, 2018, the ban was officially lifted in Saudi Arabia that prevented women from driving, which meant that now women can drive in every nation. A main reason that this ban was lifted is due to economic implications. Currently, there is a plan of social and economic reform in Saudi…

The Horror of Being Kidnapped: How the Nigerian Government Should Respond

By: Ilana Friedman April 14th, 2014 was a day of horror for the 250 girls who were seized from their school by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram. Boko Haram translates to “Western education is forbidden,” expressing hatred the group has for Western culture. Some girls, as young as eleven, have been able to…

Religious Conservatism on the Rise in Indonesian and Malaysian Elections

By: Cherui Chew It will soon be election season in various countries across Southeast Asia, but observers are hardly optimistic about the political development in the region due to the rise of populism and socially conservative trends. Two of the growing economies in Southeast Asia, Indonesia, and Malaysia, are both secular countries with a majority…

Faceless or Voiceless? Banning Burqas in Denmark

By: Eva Branson After years of on-and-off contemplation, the Danish coalition government (Conservative Party, the Liberal Alliance, and Liberal Party) and its support party, the Danish People’s Party (Dansk Folkeparti), is finally endorsing what people are calling “The Burqa Ban.” The bill includes a ban on all full-facial coverings, including niqabs and, as the name…