I'm telling you, the shaving and the periods and the sometimes-annoying breasts are one thing but deciding what kind of woman you'll end up criticizing me for being? That's, for lack of a better word, difficult.
In rural Kenya, many girls cannot afford sanitary products. I am also struck by how menstruation is stigmatized in so many different countries. To mark Menstrual Hygiene Day on May 28, I join hundreds around the world to break the silence and stigma around menstrual hygiene management.
A shocking new ad campaign in Chile is telling women if they want to have an abortion, they should consider falling from the top of a staircase. That's because right now in Chile, it's illegal to end a pregnancy regardless of the circumstances.
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.
Worldwide, preterm birth is the primary cause of death among children under five, often happening in the first month of life. Fifteen million babies are born early every year, with most of those births occurring in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
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.
Most of us were taught as children not to say certain words. But some of those words are really powerful and we need to take back that power.
My time in Girl Scouts has not come without its challenges. As a young adult, I was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, an inherited connective tissue disorder. After 36 surgeries, I rely on a wheelchair -- but this has never stopped me.
An institutionalized, transparent and coordinated approach to human rights monitoring and implementation, that takes into account a human rights-centered macroeconomic and financial policy, is urgently needed.
Under this legislation, women whose lives are in danger would be prohibited from receiving a safe and legal abortion after 20 weeks -- even when their doctor determines it is medically necessary. Doctors could face up to five years in jail for acting to prevent serious and potentially lifelong harm to their patient. In addition, the bill would enact senseless barriers for rape victims.
Last week, Boston Globe columnist Shirley Leung proposed that yes, women can, in fact, have it all. Just as soon as men get pregnant.
When Huda answered ISIL's knock on the door, she found men outside her home. Toting guns, they asked her why her son was in school instead of fighting alongside them. Women also came to Huda's home in Mosul, Iraq on behalf of ISIL.
In 2015, people wore jeans that fit like leggings and tucked them into boots. And some of these boots didn't go above the ankle.
Nearly six months ago, 16 women died - and scores more were hospitalized - after undergoing sterilization procedures in Chhattisgarh, India. Myriad factors contributed to this tragedy, including unsanitary conditions, potentially tainted drugs, clinic staff that was both overworked and under-qualified, and apathy from the health system as well as doctors and nurses.
In a world of difficult choices, access to sexual and reproductive health is the one bet we can count on for the dignity and improvement of women's lives and for our collective future.
"Women's issues can wait--there are more pressing issues at hand." That's the mentality I sometimes come across in my work as Ambassador for Global Women's Issues--and it could not be more wrong.