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Getting Enlightened About Prostitution

Susan Smalley, Ph.D. | Posted 04.02.2015 | Impact
Susan Smalley, Ph.D.

2015 marked the 25th anniversary of the movie Pretty Woman starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. It was a movie I loved at the time because I real...

I Was Attacked On Easter Sunday

Lori Sokol | Posted 03.26.2015 | Impact
Lori Sokol

This was just one of the countless stories read by women, about women, who would not be alive if not for the support of Donor Direct Action (DDA), an organization which has been providing decades-long support for women.

Legal Equality for Women and Men Is the First Step to a Better World

Yasmeen Hassan | Posted 03.09.2015 | Impact
Yasmeen Hassan

However, governments should not wait for brave victims of unjust laws to come forward, and they should not wait for individual campaigns against each and every sex discriminatory law. They should do the right thing and proactively remove all sex discriminatory laws.

Countries Are Banning Rapists From Marrying Their Victims To Avoid Punishment: Report

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.23.2015 | Impact

More countries are aiming to end sexual violence against women, as gender equality continues to become a priority around the world. In a new report...

10 Ridiculously Sexist and Dangerous Laws From Around the World

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics
Soraya Chemaly

Once in a while in the U.S. we hear about a bill or a law that seems like it must be a joke. These examples might seem silly and inconsequential, but even so, at their core, they speak to very discriminatory ideas about gender, authority and rights that manifest themselves in much more dangerous ways all over the world.

When Girls Are Part of the Solution Everyone Benefits

Lauren Hersh | Posted 05.07.2014 | Impact
Lauren Hersh

Our journey began in March 2013 with the creation of Project Impact, an arts-based leadership workshop for teen trafficking survivors. We spent three months working with the 15-18 year-old residents of JCCA's Gateways

Listening to Survivors: Europe Trend Towards Positive Change

Lauren Hersh | Posted 02.12.2014 | World
Lauren Hersh

Europe is finally starting to listen to survivors. A new trend is emerging -- criminalizing the buyers, traffickers and pimps that fuel the inherently violent commercial sex industry, while decriminalizing and providing services and exit options to people in prostitution.

Joss Whedon Gives The Perfect Answer To A Very Frustrating Question

Posted 10.28.2013 | Women

"Why do you always write these strong women characters?" That's the question that reporters ask "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" creator and "The Avenger...

The Failed Prostitution Experiment

Lauren Hersh | Posted 09.18.2013 | Impact
Lauren Hersh

When governments fail to tackle the demand side of the commercial sex industry, they not only fail to protect people in prostitution, they also financially benefit through the increased tax income generated from the exploitation of people.

NYC Girls Challenge Weiner Campaign: Stop Slut-Shaming

Lauren Hersh | Posted 08.02.2013 | Impact
Lauren Hersh

You see, we've always dreamed that one day, when we left our high school hallways, we'd be free of certain painful things like standardized tests, Chaucer, and...slut-shaming. You brought us back to a heartbreaking, frustrating reality.

How Exactly Should Women Defend Themselves From Domestic Abuse?

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 09.04.2013 | World
Soraya Chemaly

What has to happen in order for us to be culturally sensitive to women's universal human rights to live without legally and normatively sanctioned violence against us?

New York's Sex Trafficking Law Needs to Change: It's Time to Listen to the Real Experts

Lauren Hersh | Posted 08.11.2013 | New York
Lauren Hersh

Sex traffickers prey on the vulnerable for financial gain. They provide girls and women with the "love" they are yearning for and through coercion and manipulation force them to make them money through prostitution.

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.

Underground Trade Part Four: One Town in Thailand (and human trafficking)

Phillip Martin | Posted 11.19.2014 | Impact
Phillip Martin

The beach town's famed nightlife was already in full swing. Pattaya is a "Wild West" of bars, massage parlors, brothels and strip clubs. I watched as inebriated men wandered up and down the red-light district with its neon-sketched bars to the left and right.

Underground Trade Part Three: The Business of Trafficking

Phillip Martin | Posted 04.13.2013 | Impact
Phillip Martin

Why would someone fly 8,500 miles and spend $4,000 dollars to pony up to a bar in Pattaya, Thailand? "If they go into Pattaya, it's not because Pattaya has nice beaches," said Somerville, MA., Police Chief Thomas Pasquarello. "It's because it has sex tourism."

Obama Strengthens Federal Law Protecting Girls Against Female Genital Mutilation

Yasmeen Hassan | Posted 03.05.2013 | Impact
Yasmeen Hassan

Twenty years ago, the traditional practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) was considered culturally engrained, particularly in Africa. Today, the 'Transport for Female Genital Mutilation' bill passed as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, just signed by President Obama

Malala's Impact: When Girls Are Treated Like Adults

Yasmeen Hassan | Posted 11.12.2012 | Impact
Yasmeen Hassan

By virtue of their gender, girls are both poignant symbols and easy targets. Their potential is exploited and limited, in different ways, in nearly all societies.

Agent of Change of the Month -- Baby Veronica

Rachel P. Goldstein | Posted 07.03.2012 | Good News
Rachel P. Goldstein

Since Thursday, my life has once again shifted in colossal ways. That evening, eight months of planning came to fruition with the Agent of Change prod...

Can I Be Healthy if Someone Else Isn't?

Ashley Koff | Posted 07.01.2012 | Impact
Ashley Koff

I learned that, for women and girls around the world, they don't have control over their health. What I also learned is that everything I do to optimize my health relates directly, is in fact, inextricably linked, to the health of the world's women and girls.

Brazilian Minister Calls For Amazon Sex Tour Investigation

AP | JULIANA BARBASSA | Posted 09.10.2011 | World

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil is investigating allegations that an American fishing tour operator was using expeditions in the Amazon to cover up the ...

"So Many Girls! So Little Time!": Behind the Facade of Sex Tourism

Chelsea-Lyn Rudder | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Chelsea-Lyn Rudder

Big Apple Oriental Tours, an international sex tourism agency, brazenly flaunts its services on the Internet.

New Study: Women Making a Difference Through Philanthropy

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marcia G. Yerman

The new study, Women Give 2010, is the first of its kind to compare philanthropic giving "between men and women across all income levels based on a nationally representative sample."

Media Outlets Need to Take a Look in the Mirror

Jehmu Greene | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jehmu Greene

The absence of female experts and commentators in the media sends a silent but powerful message: Women are less qualified than their male peers to provide information on the news.

A Report From "Women in the World: Stories and Solutions" Summit - Part 2

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marcia G. Yerman

Gloria Steinem has stressed the importance of women sharing their personal stories as a way to add their voices to the human record. This was the strength of The Daily Beast's three-day event.