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'If You Build It, They Will Come': The Survivor Clinic Tackles Sex Trafficking in New York City

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 07.14.2015 | World
Taina Bien-Aime

Born in Russia and raised in Chicago, Dr. Geynisman founded the Survivor Clinic in July 2013 to serve women who have survived or are surviving gender violence, including sexual violence and female genital mutilation.

Moving Beyond 20 Years of 'One in Three'

Mary Ellsberg | Posted 06.08.2015 | Impact
Mary Ellsberg

You may have heard the World Health Organization's harrowing statistic: one in three women around the world will be beaten or raped during her lifetime, most often by someone she knows -- either an intimate partner or family member.

Why Women Entrepreneurs Matter

Lori Sokol | Posted 02.22.2015 | Impact
Lori Sokol

Upon first glance, you would think we would never have anything in common. As a child she attended a private, prestigious girls' school in Greenwich, CT, whereas I walked a mile each day to a public school from my home in the Brooklyn Housing Projects

5 Ways We're Making Progress In Curbing Violence Against Women

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 11.26.2014 | Impact

While the work is far from over, the world has made some strides in prioritizing women's rights and safety this year. International Day for the El...

Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict: Turning Commitment into Action

Catherine Russell | Posted 08.23.2014 | Impact
Catherine Russell

Preventing sexual violence in armed conflict is a matter of international peace and security. Sexual violence fuels conflict, forces people to flee their homes and countries and is often linked to cyclical violence and other human rights abuses.

Empowering Women, Ending Violence

Catherine Russell | Posted 08.11.2014 | Impact
Catherine Russell

The ultimate task for our generation is to make women and men equal partners in building peace, security and prosperity. This is a question not just of individual rights but also of international security. After all, history shows that a society can only reach its potential when women are allowed to reach theirs.

Trailing Spouse vs. Accompanying Spouse: Semantics or Principle?

Quenby Wilcox | Posted 06.17.2014 | Women
Quenby Wilcox

As long as expat homemakers are treated as nothing more than "extra baggage" in an international relocation, I will continue to refer to these unsung heroes as "trailing spouses."

Women of Consequence Convene

Kamala Lopez | Posted 06.30.2013 | Women
Kamala Lopez

The next wave of the women's movement is about to break. Across the public sphere, women are awakening, becoming reenergized, taking stock and speaking up. Nowhere was this more apparent than at the inaugural YaleWomen Global Conference: Vision, Values, Voices.

From the Voices of Survivors

Kristy Crabtree | Posted 04.23.2013 | World
Kristy Crabtree

They asked for acknowledgement of this prevalence of domestic violence and a way to break out of the culture of silence that surrounds it. When this type of violence is not socially condemned and acceptable to protest, how can women stop suffering in silence?

'Access to Internet Is Life,' Say Women Around the World

Jensine Larsen | Posted 03.17.2013 | Impact
Jensine Larsen

For women globally, the Internet has become a lifeline to information, opportunities and newfound power. New data in a report released this week, called "Women and the Web," reveals how we can bridge the digital divide for women and unlock a massive wave of human potential.

Giving the Gift That Always Gives Back

Ritu Sharma | Posted 01.19.2013 | Impact
Ritu Sharma

Right now I'm packing my bags to head to the other side of the world in Sri Lanka. Just like I've done before in Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Burkina Faso, I'm living side by side with just one of the many millions of women around the world that manage to survive on a $1 a day.

Holding Up Half the Sky: Understanding the Struggles and Triumphs of Women Worldwide

Maro Chermayeff | Posted 12.01.2012 | Impact
Maro Chermayeff

Working in documentary film has always been an adventure, a pleasure, and a rollercoaster ride -- but rarely does a project come along that changes one's entire worldview. Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide has truly been a life-changing endeavor and an honor.

Dear G20 Leaders

Veronica Cho | Posted 07.21.2012 | Impact
Veronica Cho

I found it curious that there were no men on the team, to which the women explained to me that the men in their communities were silenced by fear and denial. To these women, however, fear and denial was not an option. As one of the women put it, "If I don't do it, who will?"

An Alternative Approach to the G20 Summit

Tara Pichardo-Angadi | Posted 07.15.2012 | Impact
Tara Pichardo-Angadi

We should get to the point where being a woman or a girl is a non-issue as regards rights and access to health, education and jobs. This is still not the case in too many countries.

The G(irls)20 Summit: A Girl, Mexico and the Presidency of the G20

Magdaly Santillanez | Posted 07.03.2012 | Impact
Magdaly Santillanez

Ordinary people, like you or me, can make a change, but in order to do so, civil society needs to be more aware, united, and coordinated so that they can affect our communities in the most effect way until we understand that the change must come from governments and us.

G(irls)20 Summit-Empowering Girls and Women Is Key to Economic Growth

Claire Charness | Posted 07.02.2012 | Impact
Claire Charness

If you help a young girl or woman find the confidence and the belief in her, she will break barriers in the future, both in an economic and political environment and in all areas of her life.

Would Marital 'Report Cards' Prevent Divorce?

D. A. Wolf | Posted 10.22.2011 | Divorce
D. A. Wolf

Men and women. Our need for each other. Our obvious differences. Is there anything more fascinating? But when we marry and things go wrong, how many o...

Punishing the Hungry Will Not Shrink the Deficit

Ritu Sharma | Posted 06.04.2011 | Politics
Ritu Sharma

The choice Congress faces is between letting the hungry go even hungrier and putting aside a few pennies towards the federal deficit. From where I sit, the choice is not even up for debate.

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.

Diane von Furstenberg: Activist and Icon

Jess Blanch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Jess Blanch

Despite being immortalized as "glamazon," von Furstenberg has always been somewhat of a poster girl for women's liberation, famously saying she wanted "to lead a man's life in a women's body."

The Definition Of Rape, My Rage And Hindu Goddess Wisdom

Saumya Arya Haas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Saumya Arya Haas

What rape is and what rape isn't, can be precarious in our individual minds. As societies, we struggle to do right. It's hard to stand in the daylight and call it what it is

Women Leadership: Voters Launch A Power Surge Of Women

The Christian Science Monitor | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Over the past decade, almost every region of the world has seen exponentially more political seats -- legislative and executive -- go to women. Icelan...

Whether Women are more Generous than Men, and Whether it Matters

Kelly Kleiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Kelly Kleiman

What makes this more than a parlor game demonstrating female superiority is the extent to which it reveals the role of empathy in giving.

Billions for Charity, But Not One Cent for Taxes!

Kelly Kleiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kelly Kleiman

Even the best-intentioned best-directed private donations are a way for moneyed people to work their will on the public, while the rest of us have nothing but the vote.

Haitian Women: Rea Dol vs. the Republic of NGOs

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

Take a walk for ten years in Rea Dol's shoes and you might learn something about the imperialist attitude of NGOs in Haiti. "They would not help me before the quake. Why would I bother to ask them now?"