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Afghanistan Now Has 260 Female Judges

During the Taliban regime that fell sixteen years ago, there were no female judges.

Persecution of Gay Men in Chechnya Escalates

Reports are coming out of Chechnya that a large group of gay men are being held by the government in concentration camps and have been subjected to violent interrogations.

American University of Afghanistan Has Reopened Following Terrorist Attack

The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) in Kabul has recently reopened after being close for seven months following a terror attack that left at least thirteen dead including seven students and one professor.

Gay Men in Chechnya Targeted by Police

The spokesperson for Kadyrov stated that the accusations made by the Novaya Gazeta were “absolute lies” and went on to claim that “you cannot detain and persecute people who simply do not exist in the republic.”

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.