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Will Development Financing Finally Level the Playing Field for Women and Girls?

Françoise Girard | Posted 07.13.2015 | World
Françoise Girard

Many governments still do not see the need to allocate or increase resources for efforts that would strengthen health systems to reduce maternal mortality, address violence against women, ensure access to sexual and reproductive health care, and end child marriage. In fact, these areas should be priorities if we are to achieve sustainable development for generations to come.

Game of Thrones vs. Real Life: 5 Ways Fact Is Worse Than Fiction

Anna Neistat | Posted 04.21.2016 | World
Anna Neistat

The long-awaited fifth season of Game of Thrones begins on Sunday 12 April. Broadcast in 170 countries, the show shocks viewers and generates controversy with graphic violence, especially against women. Yet many aspects of real life around the world today are worse than the mythical Westeros.

First Responders: Women's Organizations Fighting Against Gender-Based Violence in Iraq

Vanessa Thevathasan | Posted 12.03.2014 | World
Vanessa Thevathasan

The conflict has not only shone a light against the persecution of women, it has provided greater understanding of the essential work civil society is playing in safeguarding women and protecting their human rights. Without them, women would be left open to the untold horror of ISIL.

The Horror of Honor Killing: In America and Around the World

MeiMei Fox | Posted 11.16.2014 | Impact
MeiMei Fox

Around the world, honor violence is a far greater issue. The UN estimates that over 5,000 such murders occur annually -- and that number only includes the few honor killings that officials ever find out about.

Building a Brighter Future for Girls Everywhere

Patrick Davies | Posted 10.04.2014 | Impact
Patrick Davies

Too many girls around the world reach adolescence and find their future is already mapped out. They never have a chance to finish school or get a job, or an opportunity to travel and experience life. It's time to give these girls the chance to write their own future.

First Instagram Documentary Lets Girls Rally Against Female Genital Mutilation, Child Marriage

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 07.24.2014 | Impact

What's being called the first Insta-documentary is galvanizing international efforts against some of the darkest human rights abuses girls face every ...

Force or Choice? American Muslim Marriages (PHOTOS)

Engy Abdelkader | Posted 08.31.2014 | Religion
Engy Abdelkader

American Muslims from across the country share their stories of love and marriage as a matter of choice -- as it should be. They are reflective of the more mainstream American-Muslim experience while also representing a model to be emulated by others.

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.

Leaving Teen Girls to the Taliban

Nina Burleigh | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Nina Burleigh

One way to help Malala and the girls she represents is for other Muslims to consistently object to barbarism from the mosques and minarets of Europe, the U.S., the Middle East and elsewhere.

Mark Day of the Girl by Allowing Yemeni Girls a Childhood

Rothna Begum | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Rothna Begum

Child marriage makes headlines when a young girl dies after her wedding night. Yet we rarely hear the stories of thousands of other girls who marry as children and live to suffer the consequences.

Ramadan Reflection Day 29: Four Women I Met and The Prayer They Asked Us To Make

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 10.06.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Four different women I met during Ramadan asked me to pray for them and to ask others as well. In these last hours of Ramadan, I would ask that you all join me and keep them in your thoughts and prayers as well.

Giving Girls a Chance at a Real Future With Real Choices

Jennifer Redner | Posted 07.20.2013 | Impact
Jennifer Redner

As a key player in shaping global development priorities -- priorities that include education, health care, food security, economic empowerment and ending violence against women and girls -- the United States has an important role in ending early and forced marriage worldwide.

Child and Forced Marriage in South Sudan

Matthew Rullo | Posted 05.07.2013 | World
Matthew Rullo

As we celebrate International Women's Day on March 8th, governments around the world should honor girls by giving them the tools they need to grow into the healthy, educated, economically independent women they have the potential to be.

Why The Arab World Needs A New Wave Of Feminism -- And Who Could Lead It

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 04.27.2013 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Choosing to share their bed with Islamist misogynists, feminists are betraying their Muslim sisters. At the same time, they forgo historic feminist ideals based on absolute values and guarantees provided by international protocols.

Selling Children Is Against Islam

Ani Zonneveld | Posted 03.27.2013 | Religion
Ani Zonneveld

It is time for lay-leaders, clerics and religious judges who flagrantly contradict the Quran to be by-passed as irrelevant and pariahs of our society. They should instead be forced to answer: Why are they defending an oppressive pre-Islamic culture?

Forced Marriage Between Elderly Man And Teen Girl Prompts Outrage

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 01.08.2013 | World

The contentious marriage between a teenage girl and a man more than four times her age has renewed debate in Saudi Arabia about the country's open acc...

WATCH: Is Arranged Marriage Forced Marriage?

Posted 05.31.2012 | Weddings

Is arranged marriage a stifling, outdated practice or is it just a more family-oriented way of finding love? On Wednesday, CNN examined the pros an...

Sharia In West Out Of Step With Reformers

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 10.13.2011 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Attempts to introduce sharia family law into Western societies run against the tide of reforms spearheaded by female activists in the Muslim world.

Land of the Unconquerable: A Textured Portrait of Afghan Women

Stephenie Foster | Posted 10.08.2011 | Books
Stephenie Foster

The voices of young Afghans and women reflect the reality of what faces them as a country and the determination to make changes than benefit all Afghans. As we continue to debate our role in Afghanistan, it's those young people that I hear, and this book strengthens their voice.

What We Can Learn From Arranged Marriages

Kristen Houghton | Posted 08.29.2011 | Women
Kristen Houghton

Last year, I met a young Indian couple on their honeymoon. When I asked how long the bride and her husband had known each other before they were married, the answer was unexpected.

Pakistan's Institutionalized Discrimination Against Religious Minorities

Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza

Pakistan must implement legislation to ensure freedom of religion for all. What the country currently lacks is not a legal framework but genuine political will.

In Saudi Arabia, a Women's Ministry Might Be a Small Step Towards Women's Rights

Sabria Jawhar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sabria Jawhar

The idea of a Ministry of Women's Affairs in Saudi Arabia comes at the right time. Let us hope it's given a mandate to make a positive change in the role of Saudi woman, rather than merely satisfy Saudi Arabia's critics.

Several Types of Slavery Linked to Congo's Mining Industry

Free The Slaves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Free The Slaves

It's vital that people in slavery are engaged in developing their own solutions. They tell us that boycotting slave-tainted and conflict-tainted products will only make their lives worse.

sold into slavery

Katharine Quarmby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Katharine Quarmby

The chilling story of a young disabled woman, who was sold for £8000 in a sham marriage to a Chinese man hoping to enter the United Kingdom, is unfor...

Ending Childhood Marriage Will Save Lives

Madeline Wheeler | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Madeline Wheeler

While it is widely recognized that adolescent marriage violates human rights, often depriving girls of further education, most people don't recognize that it is a health hazard.