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Clare Winterton is Vice President of Advocacy and Innovation at Global Fund for Women. Clare led the International Museum of Women (IMOW) for five years as its Executive Director. During her leadership, IMOW created seven exhibitions which inspired and activated over 2 million visitors, and held events and installations in 14 countries on five continents. She led IMOW’s merger with Global Fund for Women to create a bold new force for awareness and action on women’s human rights. Clare combines a deep commitment to social justice with a passion for culture, media and the arts and has been a regular contributor to the Huffington Post on the women’s rights and popular culture.
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Online Violence: Just Because It's Virtual Doesn't Make It Any Less Real

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 12:20 PM

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, two teens' private photos, taken by a boyfriend, are posted to Facebook without their consent. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, a young woman is covertly photographed and pursued online by a stalker who claims they have a "forbidden love." And in...

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5 Amazing Ways Women and Girls Are Breaking Gender Stereotypes Worldwide

(1) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 5:06 PM

The past week has been pretty epic for women breaking gender stereotypes -- from celebrations for Ada Lovelace Day, celebrating the world's first computer programmer, to Warner Bros.' long awaited announcement of a Wonder Woman movie in 2016.

Our Imagining Equality project has been keeping...

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Is Feminism the New Black?

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 12:34 PM

From Beyonce performing in front of a glowing "FEMINIST" sign at last week's MTV Video Music Awards, to Taylor Swift publicly declaring her own feminist awakening in an interview with The Guardian, could it be that embracing a feminist identity is the latest celebrity trend?

It's an exciting moment...

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When A Mother's Value Is Based On Her Body

(2) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 12:00 AM

What happens when a mother’s identity and value is based on her body alone?

She is seen as valuable only because her body can bear children, cook and clean, and provide intimacy for her spouse.

But what would happen if we associated a mother’s body with power?

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Why We Must Act When Women in Iraq Document Rape

(1) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 2:04 PM


Like many of you, I've been glued to the news from Iraq. As I read headlines of unspeakable crimes and sectarian violence, I notice there's something missing: the voices of Iraqi women. As with most conflicts, rape is used as a weapon of...

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Creativity Fuels Future of Women's Rights

(1) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 10:00 AM

In the past month -- as we celebrated Gloria Steinem's 80th birthday, marked International Women's Day and commemorated another women's history month -- we've found ourselves wondering what will drive and inspire a new global generation of feminists and a new wave of gains in women's rights around the world?...

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A Global Sisterhood of Motherhood

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2013 | 4:13 PM

Imagine how the world would change if we saw every mother as a sister. If we extended to every mother the same empathy, care and concern for her health and happiness that extend to our own sisters. This morning, as I sit here filled with joy at the arrival of...

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Making Mothers Visible: A Global Art Project

(1) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 11:05 AM

Over the last six months striking large-scale photographs of mothers have been popping up in cities all over the world -- from Lagos, Nigeria to Barcelona, Spain, and Baku, Azerbijan and San Francisco, USA. Displayed on the walls of market places, city squares, libraries and major buildings, these installations form...

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Are Mothers Powerful? A New Exhibition Holds Some Surprising Answers

(2) Comments | Posted September 5, 2012 | 12:56 PM

Are mothers powerful? In many ways it's a surprising question. We associate motherhood with love, nurturing, and domesticity -- with focusing inward, rather than outward. The idea of maternal power -- of mothers having major social clout, authority and influence -- can seem contradictory, almost alien.

In fact, in our...

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'Having it All?' A Global Manifesto for Working Moms

(3) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 6:20 PM

With the continued reverberations of Anne-Marie Slaughter's article "Why Women Still Can't Have It All" on why high-achieving American women still struggle to combine motherhood and work, it's time to look at the debate from a global perspective. Is "having it all" a global aspiration for working moms?...

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David Beckham and the Modern Face of Fatherhood

(9) Comments | Posted June 15, 2012 | 10:44 AM

A glance at the celebrity magazines shows us that a "new" face of modern fatherhood is emerging. Whether it's Ben Affleck taking daughters Violet and Seraphina to ballet class or Brad Pitt juggling his filming schedule to spend time with his kids, modern dads appear to be hands-on, engaged with...

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Jessica Simpson and the Acceptable 'Shape' of Modern Motherhood

(194) Comments | Posted May 2, 2012 | 6:43 PM

Today, as Jessica Simpson celebrates the birth of a healthy 9 lb, 13 oz baby, the media is already salivating about her post-baby weight-loss regime. There is speculation that she will enroll as a Weight Watchers ambassador and rumors about the identity of the de rigueur personal trainer who will...

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Why Is Miscarriage Still One of Motherhood's Greatest Taboos? Art Award Winner Humaira Abid Illuminates a Global Issue

(25) Comments | Posted April 2, 2012 | 4:54 PM

The International Museum of Women recently asked its global online audience to vote for its favorite piece of community art on the subject of motherhood. The finalists were selected from 600 global submissions, all designed to illuminate our understanding of what it means to be a mother today.

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Take a Pledge for Mothers Everywhere This International Women's Day

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2012 | 2:10 PM

Tomorrow, March 8, is International Women's Day. It's a day marked all over the world to celebrate the achievements, contributions and talents of women. It's a day to think about the past and remember the incredible women who came before us -- our mothers, grandmothers and great grandmothers. And it's...

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Mama to Be?

(9) Comments | Posted February 8, 2012 | 11:57 AM

Why do we become -- or refuse to become -- mothers?

A global exhibition portrays some startling realities

How many women in the world have an opportunity to decide if, how, and when to create a family? What are the reasons that women today are choosing -- or refusing to...

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What Does Beyoncé's Recent Birth Tell Us About How Much We Value Mothers?

(7) Comments | Posted January 24, 2012 | 10:00 AM

As we look at the prominent and adoring coverage of celebrity moms and babies -- such as the recent media excitement that surrounded the birth of Beyoncé's daughter Blue Ivy -- how can we doubt that motherhood, and the health and welfare of all mothers, is a cornerstone of our...

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