The state of women

June 6, 2011

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Hotel housekeepers wait outside the Manhattan Supreme Court, where Dominique Strauss-Kahn plead not-guilty to sexual assault.

Earlier today, former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted rape and sexual assault. The attorney for the hotel worker who’s accused him says she just wants justice.

The arrest of Strauss-Kahn in May thrust a spotlight on the culture of the institution he ran, the IMF.  According to news reports, many women at the IMF say they feel vulnerable to sexual harassment.

Kavita Ramdas is the former president and CEO of the Global Fund for Women.  She’s currently an advisor to the organization and a visiting scholar at Stanford Univeristy. Kavita recently wrote an article, "The IMF: Violating Women since 1945", in Foreign Policy in Focus about the impact of the IMF's monetary policies on women.

She joins us to discuss current transgressions on women’s rights happening around the world, from barriers to women’s health care in Indiana to virginity checks on Egyptian women protesters.