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Afghanistan’s First Female Orchestra

Named after a Persian literature goddess of music, the orchestra’s founder, Ahmed Naser Sarmast, hopes they can help revive Afghanistan’s rich musical tradition that has been muted after decades of war.

Protesters March on White House to Demand an End to Trump Global Gag

On International Women’s Day, the Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), in partnership with dozens of other organizations, marched on the White House to demand an end to President Trump’s expanded Global Gag Rule.

Abortion Ship Detained By Guatemalan Government

Women on Waves brings women who are up to ten weeks pregnant on board the boat and carries them 12 miles into international water where they take the abortion pills mifepristone and misoprostol, which are more than 90 percent effective for women early in pregnancy.

Expanded Global Gag Rule Already Threatening Lives

Since Donald Trump reinstated and expanded the Global Gag Rule his first week in the White House, public health non-governmental organizations (NGO), international governments, and even USAID have been scrambling to pick up the pieces and figure out exactly how far reaching this executive order goes.

Afghanistan Sees Increase in Conflict Related Civilian Casualties

According to the UNAMA annual report on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict, civilian casualties in Afghanistan increased by 3.7% last year, comprising 11,418 conflict-related civilian casualties with 3,498 killed and 7,920 injured. Since 2009 the conflict in Afghanistan has claimed the lives of 24,841 civilians and injured 45,347.

Executive Order Barring Muslims and Refugees from Entering the U.S. Sparks Outrage

Last week, President Trump issued an executive order entitled “Protecting the Nation From Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals” banning the entry of people from seven Muslim-majority countries into the Unites States.

Tillerson Senate Confirmation Vote Expected Soon

Tillerson’s confirmation vote to be Secretary of State, the nation’s highest ranking foreign diplomat, falls at a time of international and national dispute over the actions taken by President Trump during his first week in office.

Trump Reinstates and Expands the Global Gag Rule

In one of his first acts as President, Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday to reinstate and expand the Global Gag Rule, which restricts women’s abortion access worldwide.

Russia Passes Bill Decriminalizing Forms of Domestic Abuse

The bill, which is referred to as the “slapping law” downplays the “battery within families” charge to an administrative offense rather than a criminal one.

Survey of Afghan People Reveals Hesitations and Signs of Hope

The Asia Foundation, a nonprofit international development organization, has released its 12th annual Afghan opinion survey entitled Afghanistan in 2016: A Survey of the Afghan People.

Trump’s Request for Global Gender Equity Program Details Leaves Many Fearing for their Future

This week the Trump transition team requested documents from the State Department outlining the details of their programs aimed at promoting gender equality, sending shock-waves through the Department and advocacy communities over fears that the programs might be cut.

Afghanistan Women’s Advancement: Progress Report

Despite the persistent Taliban terrorist attacks, Afghanistan is a nation that continues to make considerable progress.

Civilians Attempt to Flee Amid Mass Casualties in Aleppo

Civilians in eastern Aleppo are attempting to evacuate today as militants allied with the Syrian government continually threaten the agreed upon ceasefire that would allow for innocents to flee the bombarded rebel-held neighborhoods.

On World AIDS Day, Leaders Are Called Upon to Recommit to Making an Impact

Globally, there are approximately 36.7 million people living with HIV/AIDS, though only 18.2 million were accessing antiretroviral therapy.

Women in France Protest the Gender Wage Gap

Women in France intend to leave work on Monday at 4:34 pm in protest of the gender wage gap that persists in many workplaces.

Gay Men in Uganda Accuse Police of Committing Torturous Examinations

Several gay men in Uganda have reported that police forced them to undergo painful anal examinations during investigations into charges of homosexuality, which is illegal in the country.

El Salvador Considers Bill to Loosen Abortion Criminalization

A bill has been put up for debate before El Salvador’s legislature that would decriminalize abortion in some circumstances: when the life of the mother is at risk, when the pregnancy is a result of rape, human trafficking or statutory rape, or when the fetus will not survive after birth.

Women in Iceland Protest the Gender Wage Gap

Women in Iceland walked out of work at 2:38 pm on Monday to protest the gender wage gap that persists in the country.

U.N. Selects Wonder Woman over Real Women Candidates in the Name of Empowerment

In a world where real women are breaking barriers and shattering glass ceilings, the United Nations has fallen short, choosing a comic book character as its Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls.

Child Bride Faces Execution in Iran for Allegedly Killing Abusive Husband

Zeinab Sekaanvand, an Iranian-Kurdish woman charged with killing her husband, is incarcerated in Iran and awaiting her execution by hanging.