NAM Radio: Rape and the International Monetary Fund

NAM Radio: Rape and the International Monetary Fund

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The scandal surrounding the alleged rape by former International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn against an African maid working at his New York Hotel may have faded from the headlines, but the case and the controversy continue to simmer.

At issue is not only whether a maid -- a subordinate -- was sexually assaulted by a very powerful man, but also who the guardian of truth is when power, race, and gender are at play. There is also the not-so-tiny irony of the IMF's role in all this and the parallels many observers have noticed between what the former IMF head might have done to a citizen of the developing world, and what the IMF itself is accused of doing to many citizens of the developing world.

Executive Director of Ripples to Waves, a program on social entrepreneurship, gender and development at Stanford University and former President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women Kavita Ramdas spoke with New America Now Host Shirin Sadeghi about the issues surrounding rape and the IMF.


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