The question should not be, "Why must we pay attention to women's economic empowerment?" Instead, the question should be, "How can we afford to not pay attention to women's economic empowerment?"
Heartiest congratulations on your recent election and historic win; a phenomenon that reaffirmed our democratic beliefs! Obviously, several things in India need to change; and if there is one person who has the courage, dedication and vision to put our country on the path to greatness, my hope is that that person is you.
It is not to say that there aren't many demanding and also harmful expectations equally projected upon men. Stereotypes hurt everyone, but men have not had to face quite the same inequality as their female counterparts.
When I hear that girls are stolen from their school, I lose sleep. When I read about children being ripped from their families and trafficked for sex, I am haunted. But my true pain comes from knowing the countless people who remain bystanders.
So what is behind this painstakingly slow progress on maternal health in Kenya, especially in light of the enlightened approach to many development issues, including infant mortality?
Their transformative power is tied to the fact that when these brave women seek justice, they don't seek revenge. There lies women's potential for greatness and our source of tangible hope.
"I don't understand. I'd feel better if you wore a reflector." It's because you're 6'4" and 220 pounds and a man. You think about getting hit by a car. I think about being attacked. I think about it every time I step out of the door to run alone... whether at 3:30 a.m. or 3:30 p.m.
In today's society women are more independent whether it be having a career, being a single parent or obtaining a higher education. The shift towards equality allows women to take charge of their life decisions as they pave their way towards the future.
My name is Kuro. Like many new graduates, I had no idea what to do with my life after college. I felt lost, so I packed a backpack and set off alone to try and find myself on the other side of the world.
When trust is breached, those even slightly involved with the targeted fabricator panic and recoil. The fight or flight response kicks in: Does one stay silent and hide; or support and defend?
If you have the privilege of being born a black woman, it is my belief, that it is a part of your divine mission to liberate yourself from all external and internalized oppression and thereby liberate the world.
If I told you that lawyers were on the frontlines of the fight against HIV in Africa, would you believe me? And what if I told you that legal profes...
I remember where I was when NPR reported the news on the radio. I was stunned, pulled out of whatever I had been doing and into a new time, an uncertainty. Something had shifted.
I'll put it simply: in the United States, women control the majority of the money, but there's a philanthropy gender gap: funding for women's issues still falls short.
Boko Haram's kidnapping of Muslim school girls in Nigeria has turned the education of Muslim girls into an internationally debated question. I come from Afghanistan, the first country where Muslim girls' education was turned into a global cause célèbre in 2001.
A basic human function like menstruation should no longer be a justification for denying women and girls with disabilities their basic human rights. It should no longer be a barrier to education, to independent reproductive choices and bodily integrity, or to freedom from inhuman and degrading treatment.