Legislating against and criminalizing the burqa is not, as many critics argue, going to achieve gender parity in Western societies. Rather, banning the burqa is going to bully Muslim women into abandoning their cultural traditions, religious obligations, and political expressions.
I knew we were on to something. For much of 2013, our team at Provide explored ideas about how we could move people on the issue of abortion in deepl...
As we celebrate Women's History Month in March, events are planned on campuses across the nation to reflect on the achievements of women. Most importa...
Congress needs to hear from us, to know that as American citizens we support our government's efforts to halt violence against women. It is imperative that we write, email, tweet, call or visit our members of Congress and urge them to sign on.
My concern is the rush to defend these actions. My concern is the lack of recognition that there is, in fact, a problem. My concern is the dominating reluctance to speak out.
"After our divorce, my husband denied that he was the father of our children and publicly denounced me as an adulteress. This is an extremely serious allegation in Afghanistan."
Education is the key for young girls all over the world to grow up and do great things. In the words of Alice Walker, "The most common way people give up their power is by thinking that they don't have any."
"Our society is a very traditional one, where not only men are against women, but women are even against themselves. Illiteracy is an extremely important factor, as is the lack of a legal system that can adequately deal with discrimination and exclusion."
We have all faced and will face different types of adversity during our lifetime, but we can learn from each other. In honor of International Women's Day, look to the women who have gotten us here and those who have continued on the fight for courage.
"For the first time ever in Germany we have a debate about the relationship between the sexes and especially concerning the workplace, all those things that happen daily and people just say: 'Oh, don't take it seriously, it is not so bad after all.'"
Just as women had to raise their voices to get the right to vote; the right to participate in sports and the right to hold elected office, bringing about gender equality in the workplace requires women -- and men -- raising their voices too.
At just 32 years of age, Farkhunda Zahra Naderi is a Member of the Afghan Parliament, elected to represent Kabul. After starting her education in Kabu...
You mean 1920s-era women were not all church-going sweet belles with bonnets and daisies?
There are very few moments in the history of a nation that manage to bring together people from all paths of life to demand radical change. The 2012 Delhi gang rape is certainly one.
Advocates have long argued that the mistreatment of sex workers is a byproduct of endemic stigma and criminalization, which expose workers to discrimination, violence, structural poverty, and the increased threat of sexual assault and sexually transmitted disease. Though many sex workers do struggle with economic or social hardship, activists say the trade's underlying moral problem lies not with the profession, but with the society that systematically condemns it.
The question remains, how do we encourage more men to be advocates for the women in their lives?