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International Womens Rights

In Defense of Maria Jose Carrascosa: Rights Are No Rights Unless Protected and Defended

Quenby Wilcox | Posted 08.12.2015 | Politics
Quenby Wilcox

Why is the growing illegal incarceration of women for discriminatory reasons not accorded the same consideration as the illegal incarceration of men for discriminatory reasons by the international human rights community?

It's Time to End Violence Against Women

Mandy Moore | Posted 06.10.2015 | Impact
Mandy Moore

This is an issue that affects all of us and the only way we will succeed is by including boys and men in our conversation about how to end gender-based violence. Gender-based violence is a silent epidemic that has male victims, too.

Germany Wins the Title of 'Bordello of Europe': Why Doesn't Angela Merkel Care?

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Taina Bien-Aime

In 2002, Germany decriminalized prostitution, reportedly due to pressure by the sex trade lobby and a few brothel managers who petitioned the government. This law effectively rendered the prostitution industry a legitimate business. Today, this experiment is failing.

Two-Thousand, Two-Hundred and Eighty Days. Period.

Lori Sokol | Posted 06.01.2015 | Impact
Lori Sokol

For approximately 6.25 years of every woman's life, equaling 2,280 days, she has her period. And this incurs significant financial costs. With 70 percent of women using tampons, for example, she will go through an average of 9,120 tampons in her lifetime, adding up to over $1,700.00.

A World of Violence

Eduardo Galeano | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics
Eduardo Galeano

In 1919 Rosa Luxemburg, the revolutionary, was murdered in Berlin. Her killers bludgeoned her with rifle blows and tossed her into the waters of a canal. Along the way, she lost a shoe.

Male Business Leaders Need to Support Women's Empowerment

Elizabeth Broderick | Posted 05.25.2015 | Impact
Elizabeth Broderick

The Women's Empowerment Principles, a joint initiative of the UN Global Compact and UN Women, are premised on the fact that women's full participation in economic life is essential to build strong economies and establish more stable and just societies.

What I Learned From Teaching the Children of War

Azizullah Royesh | Posted 05.13.2015 | Education
Azizullah Royesh

My work in the refugee camps and later in Afghanistan made me realize the challenges were graver than I had initially thought. The school needed to counter the legacies of wartime, such as the culture of violence, hatred and pessimism, through civic-oriented approaches.

How Millennial Feminists Have Revolutionized International Women's Day

Ann Shoket | Posted 05.10.2015 | Women
Ann Shoket

In the last year, young women have moved so quickly past the question of whether or not you're a feminist to the conclusion that yes, we should all be feminists.

Closing the Gender Gap: Time to End Inequality in the Law

Neal Baer, M.D. | Posted 05.09.2015 | Impact
Neal Baer, M.D.

Making equal rights a reality is essential to all our economies, to the health of our friends and families and our communities.

Still Lagging After All These Years

Martha Burk | Posted 04.26.2015 | Politics
Martha Burk

March 8 is International Women's Day, so it's time to check in on where the good old U.S. of A. stands in relation to the rest of the world when it comes to gender equality. Spoiler alert: We're not number one.

A New Day in Afghanistan

The George W. Bush Institute | Posted 04.14.2015 | Impact
The George W. Bush Institute

"I come to you in peace." Those were the opening words spoken by Mrs. Rula Ghani, the First Lady of Afghanistan, as she joined Mrs. Laura Bush for a meeting of the U.S.-Afghan Women's Council Wednesday, February 11, at the Bush Institute.

16 People Who Made a Big Difference in 2014

Ari Nessel | Posted 02.21.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Mobility for physically and mentally challenged people in Northern Uganda. Widespread humane education in Australia. Community gardens for all in Chico, California.

Seeds Mean Freedom: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 09.26.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In 2013, I began giving a seed grant every single day of the year to a social change visionary with a practical plan to make their community and the w...

3 Survivors Reveal The Brutal Reality Of Female Genital Mutilation

Cosmopolitan Magazine | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact

During the summer months, while many families take vacations or usher their children off to camp, thousands of girls here in the U.S. are being sent o...

Without Economic Opportunities, Ukraine's Women May Turn to Putin

Marcia Greenberg | Posted 06.07.2014 | Women
Marcia Greenberg

Were more decision-makers to see and listen to average Ukrainian women, they would hear a consistent complaint: After years of corruption, women want a fair system with economic opportunity.

Creativity Fuels Future of Women's Rights

Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro | Posted 04.02.2014 | Impact
Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro

Our merger recognizes that creativity, innovation and story-telling are crucial to imagining and achieving a new future for the world's women.

International Women's Day -- How Empowering One Impacts Many

Vicki Escarra | Posted 05.06.2014 | Impact
Vicki Escarra

These are the stories that help us believe that the world is changing, that we as a global community are coming together to provide the support needed to succeed.

A Woman Among Warlords: An Interview With Malalai Joya

Suzanne Persard | Posted 10.25.2013 | World
Suzanne Persard

Despite the atrocities of the Taliban, a twelve-year war, and struggles against gender-based violence, Joya spoke with me about why she refuses to relinquish her fight for a free Afghanistan.

Surprising Name-Change Law Upheld

Posted 05.31.2013 | Weddings

While the debate on the merits of changing your last name after marriage rages in the U.S., a Japanese court has taken a serious stand on the issue. ...

The Viral Rage Against Rape

Jensine Larsen | Posted 05.11.2013 | Impact
Jensine Larsen

Let's not debase her as solely a simplistic, sensationalist survivor of rape -- but lift her up as a dynamic change agent and outspoken liberator of our future.

Dr. Nafis Sadik Talks Women's Rights

Leah Griesmann | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics
Leah Griesmann

Dr. Nafis Sadik, the first female head of a major United Nations program (UN Population Fund 1987-2000), is the subject of a new biography, Champion o...

Why Water Can't Wait

Hannah Weintraub | Posted 04.16.2013 | Teen
Hannah Weintraub

Thousands of miles away in countries across the globe, millions of girls do not have the luxury to ignore their chores like I do. Instead, their families rely on these girls to spend hours of their days collecting water from faraway or unreliable sources.

Eleven Words

Melanne Verveer | Posted 02.09.2013 | World
Melanne Verveer

As we commemorate International Human Rights Day today, I can't help but recall the moment 17 years ago when then-First Lady Hillary Clinton proclaimed, "Women's rights are human rights and human rights are women's rights."

WATCH: Has U.S. Presence In Afghanistan Worsened The Situation Of Women?

Posted 10.16.2012 | World

Violence against women in Afghanistan may have lessened since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, but the situation is far from peaceful for the millions...

Combating Gender-Based Violence as a U.S. Policy Priority

Mark P. Lagon | Posted 12.11.2012 | Politics
Mark P. Lagon

Victims of the various forms of sexual and gender-based violence -- including rape, human trafficking, female genital mutilation, and domestic abuse -- are frequently prevented by societal constraints from seeking safety or justice.