Serving in the Peace Corps in the Central African Republic is part of what inspired me to work in the reproductive health field. My service exposed me to the realities of gender violence, and left me even more committed to working for women's rights and empowerment.
Far too often, global decisions about poverty and developing countries are made without accounting for the needs of women and girls. So what's the solution?
When a woman has the chance to work and earn her own money, the outcome is outstanding. Not only will that woman lift herself and her family out of poverty, but her pride and confidence will skyrocket.
Where do I search for my identity in such contrasting realities? How can I dare to dream when I feel insecure every time I have to step out of my house?
The ongoing debate over the "Age of Man" is a healthy one, but I am more concerned about what we are actually doing to mitigate and cope with the Anthropocene. And, here again, I come back to the importance of empowering women.
We all have goals and we all have fears about achieving them, but it's how we handle those fears that determine whether or not -- and how quickly -- we get there.
Since I launched oursistacircle.com, my social networking site for lesbians of color, in 2009, I have witnessed many black-lesbian-owned businesses fail or struggle to survive because of the lack of support in our own community.
Rape has always been about power, not about sex, despite the myriad misunderstandings about the crime itself and the shaming of the victims. So I say we give up our privacy in the fight for justice, for education: in the quest to take back some of the power we have lost by being attacked.
I totally love Brooke Elliott. She is perfect just the way she is and she makes me feel comfortable in my own body and with my own weight.
The colonial relationship was reasonably straightforward. The empire dictated terms to the colony, and the colonial administration carried out the orders. The neo-colonial relationship is somewhat more complicated.
The issue with the current Republican Party is not a superficial messaging problem, nor is it about a particular policy position such as immigration or gay marriage. It's about the larger product itself. The concept of the party is murky and the murky messaging follows.
In this interview, Bulbul Bahuguna, M.D., a Chicago-based psychiatrist and author, explains the multifaceted nature of sexual abuse and the importance of female empowerment in healing.
My daughter will grow up lucky, healthy, empowered. But the world she'll live in depends on the decisions we make now about how to empower the rest of the world's women.
For the women of today, it's not enough to enter the world of men. But, it's time to change the parameters of that world, time to reshape the way it can function for women.
In The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy Gail taught us that "there is no place like home." However, it was only by first running away that she could truly va...