Yasmine Ergas

Yasmine Ergas is a sociologist and lawyer. After a period of study in Italy, she has been working and living in the United States. She is the director of the Gender and Public Policy specialization at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She is also associate director of the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia. Ergas has worked on gender and women’s rights issues as a policy analyst, scholar and adviser, consulting for such entities as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Unesco and Millennium Villages Project. She has written a lot about feminism and social policies. Her recent work has focused on the emergence of an international market in reproductive services, the transformations of ‘motherhood’ and the impacts of human rights programs and policies. She is currently engaged in a study on The Transnationalization of Everyday Life.




Starting from the latest news, Yasmine Ergas explains how the Texas Heartbeat Act creates a scorched earth around any woman who might attempt to, or has had, an abortion.

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Sex workers or victims? The debate on prostitution poses, in a new form, pivotal questions: sex - but also pregnancy and care work - can be considered works, and thus treated like any other object of exchange? And the old categories of contract and status are enough to regulate the novelties in terms of families, habits, society and so on? How can we draw a line between working and being?

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Michelle Obama endorses Hillary Clinton in a speech at the democratic national convention

For the first Women in Science Day GenPORT will release a series of video interviews with leading...