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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...

Kadia, This Is for You...

Kumi Naidoo | Posted 05.08.2012 | World
Kumi Naidoo

We must accept that after decades of struggle led by the women movement, injustice perpetuated against women for no other reason than their gender remains.

Hillary's Women's Rights Problem

Vishnu Sridharan | Posted 03.13.2012 | Politics
Vishnu Sridharan

By stating in no uncertain terms that women deserve equal treatment because of their inalienable, integral and indivisible rights, Clinton will solidify her record as one of the most influential advocates for gender equality the world has ever seen.

Amanda Terkel

Global Family Planning Funding Threatened By GOP Budget Cuts | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.31.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Republicans continue to push for sweeping cuts amidst federal budget talks, women's rights advocates worry the threat to internation...

International Women's Day: 5 Ways To Help Empower Women

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

2011 marks the 100-year anniversary of International Women's Day. The annual holiday has roots in the American Women's Suffrage Movement and is now ce...

Fighting For Girls' Rights With God's Help: A Conversation With Aicha Ech-Channa

Katherine Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

Winner of the $1 million Opus Prize in 2009, Aicha Ech-Channa has worked for five decades to help unmarried women with children in Casablanca, Morocco.

What's Wrong With "Women's Rights," and Why the US Should Ratify CEDAW Anyway

Darren Rosenblum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Darren Rosenblum

Improving women's status in society, as CEDAW instructs, will not single-handedly eliminate gender inequality. To do that, we need to take men and other sexes into account.

International Women's Day - Remembering Afghan Women

Katherine Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Katherine Brown

International Women's Day has held special meaning for me ever since 2004, when I celebrated it with women in Kabul. Looking back, 2004 was a far more positive time than today.

Prince Abdul Ali Seraj on the Status of Women in Afghanistan (Part 1)

Kathleen Wells, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kathleen Wells, J.D.

Prince Abdul Ali Seraj accepted the candidacy for President of Afghanistan only to later abandon his bid to favor of Karzai. This endorsement reportedly resulted from Karzai's pledge to help Ali's constituents.

Why this man will be celebrating women on March 8

Morgan Warners | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Morgan Warners

Not all of us think of ourselves as feminists, because so many have worked so hard to make it a dirty word. But think of it this way: we all have wom...

A Wall That Has Not Yet Fallen

Janet Grillo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janet Grillo

We are experiencing a valuable moment of acute public attention to atrocities against women. The time has come to advance the cause of justice for those who are born with two X chromosomes.

Iran Is the World's First Pink Revolution

Diane Francis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Diane Francis

Iranian women are standing shoulder to shoulder in a way never before seen in a society that mistreats them so severely.

Arab Women Beginning To Crack The Glass Ceiling

Diane Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Diane Tucker

Noor Al-Fayez is the new deputy minister for women's education in Saudi Arabia, a country where women are still not allowed to drive a car.

On International Women's Day, Let's Make a Powerful Noise

Sheila C. Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sheila C. Johnson

One factor that is common to poverty everywhere is the inequality of women and girls. As we prepare to celebrate International Women's Day, consider the state of the world's women.

Jordanian Government Rejects Jordan Valley Women' Radio

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Women from the Jordan valley produce programming from their community. We are able to do what appears to be an illegal act in a totally legal way.

US Women Also Have Human Rights Issues

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marianne Mollmann

The Obama administration and the US Senate should make ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women a priority.

The Iran Game

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

Iranian men and women unapologetically enjoy each other's company, and, even as intimidation and penalties loom, they're quite public about their desire to live uninvaded lives.