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Instead of Returning Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls, Boko Haram Reportedly Abducted More Women and Girls

Instead of Returning Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls, Boko Haram Reportedly Abducted More Women and Girls

Despite Nigerian military officials last week announcing they had negotiated with militant group Boko Haram for the release of more than 200 schoolgirls who were kidnapped in April, it appears the girls have not yet been released - and residents say more women and girls have been kidnapped since.
Afghanistan’s New First Lady Advances Women’s Issues

Afghanistan’s New First Lady Advances Women’s Issues

Just a few days after moving to the presidential palace, Afghanistan’s new First Lady Rula Ghani said that she hopes to encourage greater respect for women.
Jay Leno Receives Mark Twain Prize, Salutes Mavis and Her Work for Women's Rights

Jay Leno Receives Mark Twain Prize, Salutes Mavis and Her Work for Women’s Rights

Former long-time host of "The Tonight Show" Jay Leno saluted his wife, Mavis, for her work on behalf of women's rights around the world when he was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor this weekend.
Hundreds of Schoolgirls Kidnapped by Boko Haram To Be Released Monday

Hundreds of Schoolgirls Kidnapped by Boko Haram To Be Released Monday

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and Nigeria's military are reportedly negotiating the release of the nearly 300 young women and girls who were abducted by Boko Haram more than six months ago, ostensibly bringing an end to six months of activist efforts calling for their return.
Over 80,000 Safety Violations Found At Bangladesh Garment Factories

Over 80,000 Safety Violations Found At Bangladesh Garment Factories

A recently completed inspection found more than 80,000 safety violations in Bangladeshi garment factories - where 85 percent of all workers are women.
Girl Activists Spoke Out at the United Nations on International Day of the Girl

Girl Activists Spoke Out at the United Nations on International Day of the Girl

The designated day was created to raise awareness that gender inequality is still alive and well, and is worse in developing countries.
Staff at Immigration Center Accused of Sexually Abusing Women Detainees

Staff at Immigration Center Accused of Sexually Abusing Women Detainees

Several civil rights organizations have filed a complaint against a privately run detention center in Texas, citing widespread allegations of sexual abuse and harassment.
UN Speaks Out Against Islamic State's Attacks on Women

UN Speaks Out Against Islamic State’s Attacks on Women

The United Nations last week condemned the brutal killings of women by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also know as ISIS.
Afghanistan and US Finalize Bilateral Security Agreement

Afghanistan and US Finalize Bilateral Security Agreement

In a nationally televised ceremony at the Presidential Palace just one day after President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai took office, Afghanistan signed a major security agreement with the United States.
Hope for Afghan Women as New President is Sworn In

Hope for Afghan Women as New President is Sworn In

Ashraf Ghani, who has has publicly and consistently stated his support for women's rights and women's participation in government, was sworn in as the new President of Afghanistan today at the Presidential Palace in Kabul.
Largest-Ever Global Study of Gender in Film Illuminates a Persistent Sexism Problem

Largest-Ever Global Study of Gender in Film Illuminates a Persistent Sexism Problem

The Institute's founder said the data never fails to shock her Hollywood peers, who largely haven't noticed the dearth of female representation - even at the level of crowd shots. According to Davis, women won't achieve parity on screen for another 700 years.
New President and National Unity Government Announced in Afghanistan

New President and National Unity Government Announced in Afghanistan

Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai is the next president of Afghanistan. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, his opponent, will serve as Afghanistan's new chief executive.
Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership Still Needs Improvements in Human and Workers Rights

Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership Still Needs Improvements in Human and Workers Rights

Legislators and activists are still concerned about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a proposed regional free trade agreement that addresses a broad range of issues and is currently being negotiated between the United States and 11 Pacific Rim nations.
UN Ambassador Says the World Needs a "Wake-Up Call" on Ebola Crisis

UN Ambassador Says the World Needs a “Wake-Up Call” on Ebola Crisis

"This should be a wake-up call for the international community. It’s the worst Ebola epidemic we’ve seen in history."
Wheels in Motion: Meet Afghanistan's First All-Woman Bicycling Team

Wheels in Motion: Meet Afghanistan’s First All-Woman Bicycling Team

Women in Afghanistan are rediscovering a vehicle of freedom that has galvanized social change since the turn of the 20th century: the bicycle.
Court Sentences Seven Men for Gang Rape in Afghanistan

Court Sentences Seven Men for Gang Rape in Afghanistan

The vicious public attack received national attention and sparked outrage among Afghan women leaders.
Ecuador Will Now Recognize Same-Sex Civil Unions

Ecuador Will Now Recognize Same-Sex Civil Unions

As of this upcoming September 15, same-sex couples in Ecuador will legally be able to register their civil unions.
Afghan Girls Compete in Bike Race to Raise Awareness About Violence Against Women

Afghan Girls Compete in Bike Race to Raise Awareness About Violence Against Women

Fifteen girls participated in the race to raise awareness about violence against women. Many others, including government and education leaders in the province, escorted them to the finish line.
Domestic Violence Victims May Now Qualify For Asylum in the US

Domestic Violence Victims May Now Qualify For Asylum in the US

The Justice Department's Board of Immigration Appeals ruled for the first time on Tuesday that a victim of domestic violence fit a specific criterion for asylum: persecution for membership in a particular social group.
More Investment in Women's Health Needed as Africa's Population Rises

More Investment in Women’s Health Needed as Africa’s Population Rises

Africa's population could reach four billion by 2100. As the population grows, more investment in maternal health and family planning resources will be needed to ensure women's health.