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Is the New York Times Endorsing Legalization of Prostitution?

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 05.16.2016 | World
Taina Bien-Aime

Our culture's current lack of understanding of women as full human beings must evolve into a conviction that indivisible rights include freedom from unfettered male sexual access, from female genital mutilation to child marriage; from reproductive health to sexual violence; from sexual harassment to prostitution. Achieving equality depends on it.

The Myth of Equality in the U.S. Workplace

JoAnn Kamuf Ward | Posted 02.01.2017 | Women
JoAnn Kamuf Ward

Women in the United States have strived for, and achieved, equality in many areas, and have some freedoms that are unparalleled in many countries around the world. However, despite the United States' array of legal protections, women continue to face barriers to equality and the full enjoyment of their human rights.

Will the Reinstatement of the Death Penalty in Turkey Prevent Violence Against Women?

Aylin Unver Noi | Posted 04.26.2015 | World
Aylin Unver Noi

This catastrophic event indicated to us once more that enacting rules or making reforms cannot by themselves help to empower women and prevent violence. The government of Turkey should focus much more on internalization of the reforms (like those it pioneered once upon a time) to prevent them from being merely cosmetic.

As The Indispensable Nation, The U.S. Must Lead In Eliminating Violence Against Women

Kelsey L. Campbell | Posted 01.25.2015 | Impact
Kelsey L. Campbell

The U.S. is the only Western and industrialized democracy not to have ratified CEDAW, joining the likes of Iran, South Sudan, and Somalia as holdouts regarding the global norms for women's equality.

Mary Did Not Have a Great "Day of the Girl Child"

Rebecca Tinsley | Posted 12.23.2014 | Women
Rebecca Tinsley

The International Day of the Girl Child is on a par with the worthy treaties some world leaders sign and then fail to implement. 190 governments have ratified the Convention on the Rights of Children.

The Women of Afghanistan Must Not Be Forgotten

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 12.01.2014 | World
Ida Lichter, M.D.

A marauding misogynist Taliban in the style of Islamic State is not a fantasy, and the Security Council could envision such an outcome with a resolution that would surely garner a wide consensus of support.

Nordic Women's Conference-Gains for Women are Going Backward due to Failure of National and International Leadership

Ann Wright | Posted 11.29.2014 | Women
Ann Wright

As conservative agendas of governments around the world decrease the opportunities for women, it is vitally important that women work in solidarity with those still struggling for basic human rights as well as with those facing a roll-back of gains made.

To Prove American Commitment to Women's Equality, Congress Should Ratify CEDAW

Kelsey L. Campbell | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Kelsey L. Campbell

This is a no brainer public policy; there is no reason that the United States of America should not ratify this treaty as the world leader on national security and a defender of human rights.

United Nations No Defender of Muslim Women's Rights

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 03.10.2014 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Although the UN does important humanitarian work, it is overgrown with the weeds of a dysfunctional bureaucracy and spineless leadership, and has become a watering hole for states that are prepared to sanction sex discrimination and extremist ideology without fear of serious challenge by the world body.

Myanmar's Economy Needs Human Rights Reforms

Matthew Smith | Posted 01.27.2014 | World
Matthew Smith

When the Myanmar "gold rush" finally reaches Chin State, the "economy first" advocates would do well to consider that no amount of economic reform can fix what are fundamentally human rights problems.

Drug Policies and Women's Rights on UN Agenda

Eka Iakobishvili | Posted 12.17.2013 | World
Eka Iakobishvili

Women are disproportionately facing prison for non-violent drug offenses, often as a result of poverty and social marginalization.

CEDAW Committee: Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against All Women

Grace Poore | Posted 03.11.2013 | Queer Voices
Grace Poore

Seeking justice for violations of their rights is difficult, since LBT people often suffer from violence and discrimination at the hands of the very authorities that are supposed to protect them.

Moving Beyond Words: The Case for a Global Implementation Plan to End Violence Against Women and Girls

Yasmeen Hassan | Posted 05.08.2013 | Impact
Yasmeen Hassan

Standards are in place to end violence and discrimination against women and girls. Governments must not be allowed to backtrack on their pledges.

Silence Isn't Conservative: Speaking Up for Women's Rights

Hibaaq Osman | Posted 05.05.2013 | World
Hibaaq Osman

Another NGO, "Concerned Women for America", is the largest public policy women's organization in the United States who lobbies for integrating biblical principles into all levels of public policy. Are these really examples of moving forward?

What CSW and the Academy Awards Have in Common

Cheryl Saban Ph.D. | Posted 04.27.2013 | Impact
Cheryl Saban Ph.D.

Whether you were in the comfort of your own homes last night, or dressed to the nines for one of the entertainment business's most honored traditions, just look around at the women and girls in your midst today, and be grateful they are safe.

The Valentine's Day Gift That Will Empower Women Everywhere

Don Kraus | Posted 04.12.2013 | Impact
Don Kraus

This year I came up with the best Valentine's Day gift ever for my wife and daughter. It's inexpensive and, unlike a bouquet of flowers, should last b...

Foreign Policy Platforms - Two World Views

Don Kraus | Posted 11.07.2012 | Politics
Don Kraus

Bill Clinton's masterful speech to nominate Barack Obama summed up the philosophical difference between Democrats and Republicans saying, "We believe that 'We're all in this together' is a far better philosophy than 'You're on your own'.''

Obama, Don't Take Female Vote for Granted -- Earn It!!!

Laura Finley | Posted 06.09.2012 | Politics
Laura Finley

Mr. Obama, please take seriously the needs of women and do not presume that the female vote is yours for the taking.

I'm Ready for a War For Women

Caitlin Kraft Buchman | Posted 05.08.2012 | Politics
Caitlin Kraft Buchman

Let's end discrimination against women, officially, in the United States of America.

Joshua Hersh

Clinton Promotes Women's Rights Treaty That U.S. Has Not Joined | Joshua Hersh | Posted 11.20.2011 | World

NEW YORK -- On the eve of high-level meetings for the United Nations' general assembly, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attended an event on Monday...

From Paris to Panama: Why Women Must Speak Out Against Violence in the Workplace and at Home

Nell Merlino | Posted 08.16.2011 | Women
Nell Merlino

This message -- that women in the workplace must stand up for themselves -- is one that Christine Lagarde has been trying to express during her campaign to head the IMF.

The Unfinished Business of Making the World's Women Citizens

Allida Black | Posted 05.29.2011 | Politics
Allida Black

In 2011, the U.S. House of Representatives and other foreign governing bodies still toy with legislation essential to women's identities. If women can be president, why can't they be citizens?

Exclusive: U.S. Global Women's Issues Ambassador On Human Rights

Rahim Kanani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Rahim Kanani

Ambassador Melanne Verveer coordinates foreign policy issues and activities relating to the political, economic and social advancement of women around the world.

Wow! What a Party for International Women's Day!

Lenora M. Lapidus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lenora M. Lapidus

Yesterday, the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day, was quite a celebration! The day was marked by events, rallies, marches over bridge...

Getting Your Man to Commit

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

While roses and tubs of those Trader Joe's cookies are awesome, there is nothing more sexy than a man who is so self-assured that he'll work to shift the gender-power equation.