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International Womens Rights

Male Business Leaders Need to Support Women's Empowerment

Elizabeth Broderick | Posted 03.25.2015 | 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 03.13.2015 | 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 03.11.2015 | 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 03.09.2015 | 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 03.05.2015 | 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 02.12.2015 | 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.

LOOK: The Countries With The Worst Gender Gaps

Slate | Posted 10.11.2012 | Women

In Half the Sky, a documentary series and book, journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn offers a compelling narrative of women’s suffering. T...

Bursting the Bubble: When 'Half the Sky' Abuses Itself

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 12.02.2012 | Women
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Let's shift the discourse away from 'women vs. women', which sounds like a tawdry Las Vegas boxing match, and move it towards a much deeper conversation about what we need to do to get more women in leadership positions in both the public and private sector and eradicate poverty.

Assault on the Daughters of Swat Valley

Rukhsana Hasib | Posted 10.10.2012 | Impact
Rukhsana Hasib

The misery in the Swat Valley and the plight of thousands of women and children, who have lost husbands and fathers, gave birth to Swat Relief Initiative.

Global Summit of Women

Jeannie E. Javelosa | Posted 09.22.2012 | Impact
Jeannie E. Javelosa

Supporting and working for women's economic empowerment is key to shift the whole cycle of energy and power in our world today.

Saudi Women Take The Wheel

Sasha von Oldershausen | Posted 06.18.2012 | World

It’s a Saudi sit-in. Except these women aren’t occupying King Abdullah Street... they’re sitting in their cars. Women all over Saudi Arabia a...