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UW-Madison professors from the Languages and Cultures of Asia Department and Gender and Women’s Studies Department presented their research on women’s rights and gender in Middle Eastern countries.

U.S. should learn from other countries’ gender rights, UW professors say

When it comes to issues of women’s rights and gender, Americans may have a lot to learn from their counterparts in North Africa, Turkey and South Asia, according to three UW-Madison professors. The professors—Funda Derin of the UW-Madison Languages and Cultures of Asia department, along with Aili Tripp and Christine Garlough of the UW-Madison Department of Gender and Women’s Studies—presented their research on worldwide gender issues Monday as part of the Wisconsin Union Directorate’s Global Connections program.


Student organizations create outlets for expression of Indian culture on campus

While in an Uber driving across Madison, Ashish Shenoy, a graduate student at UW-Madison from Bangalore, was surprised when his driver asked if he’d heard of Diwali night, an event Shenoy organizes. Shenoy is the president of the Indian Graduate Student Association, which facilitates many events that students and community members—both of Indian heritage and not—cherish.

Sex Out Loud educated attendees on World AIDS Day about issues queer people of color face when obtaining preventative HIV medication.

Sex Out Loud discusses stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS during World AIDS Day

UW-Madison student organization Sex Out Loud led a discussion at the Memorial Union Council Room to raise awareness on HIV/AIDS during World AIDS Day Thursday. The group showed a video on PrEP, a preventative HIV medicine for those who have an increased risk for exposure to HIV/AIDS. Sex Out Loud is a peer-led resource on campus that promotes sexual health through sex education and activism. Events Coordinator Char’Lee King said her involvement with the organization was heavily influenced by her upbringing in an African-American community that did not talk about topics related to sex. “Sex Out Loud incorporated pleasure which is a great part of sex ed,” King said.


‘Hijabi for a Day’ aims to end stigma, provide new perspectives

For many Muslims on campus, wearing a hijab comes with a number of daily challenges. On Wednesday, 45 non-Muslim participants wore hijabs to try and get a sense of the Hijabi experience. Wisconsin Union Directorate Global Connections Director Swetha Saseedhar, along with Muslim Student Association members Noor Hammad and Iffa Bhuiyan, said the goal of the event was to normalize the hijab on UW-Madison’s predominantly white campus.


UW students request free tampons, pads in meeting with provost

Three students met with UW-Madison Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf Wednesday to request the school offer free feminine hygiene products in Bascom Hall restrooms. Jordan Madden, the President of UW’s Accessible Reproductive Healthcare Initiative, along with Associated Students of Madison Vice Chair Mariam Coker and ASM Coordinating Council member Mara Matovich, used the meeting to stress the benefits of providing free and accessible menstrual products in campus bathrooms. “I’ve encountered so many people on this campus ... that think that tampons and menstrual products should be just as accessible, if not more so, than condoms, toiletries and many of the other items that people have available at their disposal,” Madden told the Daily Cardinal. Earlier this year, Brown University became one of the first colleges in the country to provide free tampons and pads in their bathrooms.

Maria (Masha) Alyokhina and Alexandra (Sasha) Bogino, members of feminist punk collective Pussy Riot, talked about their experience as political prisoners while being activists in Russia.

Pussy Riot gives ‘voice to the voiceless’ through progressive activism

Members of the Russian feminist punk collective Pussy Riot came to UW-Madison Thursday to discuss their experiences as political prisoners and alternative media producers. The event, sponsored by Wisconsin Union Directorate Performing Arts and WUD Distinguished Lecture Series, featured Maria “Masha” Alyokhina and Alexandra “Sasha” Bogino, both of whom are current members of the collective.

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