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.

Campaign to Elect a Woman as Secretary General to the United Nations Fails

Antonio Gutteres, former prime minister of Portugal and leader of the UN refugee agency, was elected UN Secretary General last week, a disappointing end to a formal campaign attempting to elect a woman as the next leader of the United Nations.

21 Schoolgirls Released After Negotiations with Boko Haram

Last week Boko Haram released 21 of the more than 200 schoolgirls they had kidnapped from a Christian boarding school in Chibok, Nigeria two and half years ago.

October 11th Marks International Day of the Girl

Today we celebrate International Day of the Girl, a 100% youth led movement fighting for social justice for the 1.1 billion girls around the world.

Polish Protests Stop Proposal to Ban All Abortions, But Activists Look Ahead

Poland’s conservative leadership indicated that it would no longer support a total abortion ban after thousands of women took to the streets Monday, boycotting school and work to protest the proposed law.

Iranian Women’s Rights Activist Sentenced

Iranian women’s rights activist Narges Mohammadi’s controversial 16 year prison sentence handed down last May was upheld this past week on appeal.

Polish Women Protest Government’s Consideration to Criminalize All Abortion

Women in Poland took to the streets dressed in all black today to protest the government’s consideration to criminalize abortion in all cases, including when the life of the woman is at risk.

LGBTQ Celebratory Festival Cancelled in Haiti

An Afro-Caribbean LGBTQ festival scheduled to occur in Haiti was cancelled this past Tuesday in response to eminent terror threats involving arson and death, as well as a ban by a governmental official.

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 .