With Zika Virus threatening El Salvador’s unborn population, Salvadorian women are trapped between the government’s anti-natalist advisory and the country’s conservative culture. With the strong influence of the Roman Catholic Church, violent machismo culture, and illegality of abortion in all cases, do these women really have the option of heeding the government’s warning?
In Cologne, Germany the year 2015 ended with an incident of mass sexual assaults, highlighting a need for greater international focus on formulating a working plan for the migrant crisis in Europe. Amidst the New Year’s Eve festivities, hundreds of men gathered in Cologne’s main train station; the congregation soon escalated into a chaotic frenzy in which several women were sexually assaulted. Ninety women came forth to report being attacked (Shubert). The horrific violation of women’s rights incited fear across Germany, and the public called for justice against the attackers. Additionally, the circumstance brought implications of Arab refugees threatening national security to the forefront of political discussion.