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Recognizing the Barriers to Family Planning on World Contraception Day

Today is World Contraception Day, a time when the international community comes together to recognize the barriers and cultural impediments that restrict access to family planning.

LGBTQ Apps Banned in Indonesia Creating Further Setbacks for the Community

This past Wednesday, Indonesia further restricted LGBTQ rights when officials enacted a ban on Grindr, Blued and BoyAhoy, along with 80 other gay dating apps.

Tanzania Expands on Their Anti-LGBTQI Agenda

This past week, the Tanzanian government and the Deputy for Health, Community Development and Gender issued a threat condemning all LGBTQI equity groups in the country.

Burkini Ban Suspended by a Top French Court

A top French court today suspended the controversial burkini ban in a test case brought by a human rights group against a small beach town near Nice.

Update on American University of Afghanistan Attack

On Wednesday armed militants stormed the grounds housing the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, killing at least 14 people and wounding more than 35 others during the ten hour long siege.

Attack Underway at American University of Afghanistan

The American University of Afghanistan in Kabul is currently under attack, reportedly by the Taliban.

Afghan Women are Paving the Way for Future Athletes

This week, Afghanistan’s Kimia Yusufi competed against the best of the best in the 100-meter track heat at the 2016 Summer Olympics. She was one of three athletes, and the only woman, representing Afghanistan in Rio.

New Boko Haram Video Reignites International Concern over Reproductive Health of Rape Victims

On Sunday, Boko Haram released a video reporting the alleged status of hundreds of girls held hostage by the militant group, including the over 250 schoolgirls that were abducted in 2014.

India’s Only Newspaper Run Entirely by Women Goes Digital

India’s only newspaper produced exclusively by women, Khabar Lahariya (New Waves), continues to break down barriers by going digital, posting video reports and instant updates on WhatsApp and Facebook.

US Policy on Abortion for Women and Girls Raped in Conflict at Odds with International Law

On the 67th anniversary of the adoption of the 1949 Geneva Conventions, a series of treaties concerning the rights and protections of noncombatants, prisoners, and those injured during armed conflict, the United States continues to overlook one of its most important protections: the right of the “wounded and sick” to non-discriminatory medical care .

Feminist Leaders Marched the Olympic Torch through Brazil

The 2016 Olympic Summer Games began with the traditional parading of the torch throughout the country, including in Fortaleza, where two leaders of Brazil’s feminist movement led the march through the northeastern city.

Canada Forms Commission to Investigate Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women

Carolyn Bennett, Canada’s Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, announced new details concerning a highly-anticipated national inquiry into the disproportionate rate of murders and abductions of indigenous women in Canada.

Ibtihaj Muhammad Is the First American to Compete in the Olympics Wearing a Hijab

This summer Ibtihaj Muhammad is the first American to compete in the Olympics while sporting the hijab, a headscarf some Muslim women choose to wear.

Peru Fails to Prosecute Former President for Mass Forced Sterilizations

Peru’s public prosecutor Marcelia Gutiérrez declined to prosecute former president Alberto Fujimori and his health ministers for the forced sterilization of hundreds of thousands of people in the late 1990s.

Thousands of Yazidis Remain Enslaved Two Years after Capture

Today is the second anniversary of the violent attack on the Yazidis of Sinjar by ISIS fighters, resulting in the death, kidnapping, or enslavement of an estimated 10,000 Yazidis.

Olympic Refugee Team Shines Spotlight on Global Crisis

The Summer Olympic Games are set to launch in Rio de Janeiro on Friday, and for the first time ever there will be a team composed entirely of refugees, shining a light on the global refugee crisis and providing hope for displaced people.

Retaliation Gang Rape in India amid Widespread Sexual Violence

A 21-year-old student in India is recovering after she was abducted, drugged and raped by five men, two of whom are currently out on bail awaiting trial for gang raping the same woman in 2013.

2016 International AIDS Conference Focuses on Access to Treatment

South Africa is hosting the 2016 International AIDS Conference this week, bringing together policy makers, healthcare professionals and persons living with HIV to evaluate the current state of the pandemic and plot a course for moving forward.

Pakistani Feminist Killed by Brother

A Pakistani celebrity, Qandeel Baloch, was violently strangled to death by her brother last week, in what he referred to as an “honor killing.”

Investing in Teenage Girls on World Population Day

The theme of this year’s World Population Day, a United Nations initiative to focus attention on the urgency of population issues, is “Investing in Teenage Girls.”