Womens Rights
Afghan Parliament Votes to Silence Victims of Violence

Afghan Parliament Votes to Silence Victims of Violence

"It is a travesty this is happening. It will make it impossible to prosecute cases of violence against women."
Israel May Fund Abortions For Some Women

Israel May Fund Abortions For Some Women

The Israeli government may start funding abortions for women aged 20 to 33 if recommendations recently made by a Health Ministry committee are enacted. Israeli women under the age of 17 and over the ago of 40 already receive subsidized abortion services for personal reasons. Women also get almost automatic approval for an abortion if...
UN Reports: Women's Access to and Control of Land Protects Human Rights

UN Reports: Women’s Access to and Control of Land Protects Human Rights

Released today, the report Realizing Women's Rights to Land and Other Productive Resources shows how women's right to land is directly linked to food security, sustainable development, economic empowerment, and protection against HIV/AIDS.
Afghan Journalist Honored with Courage in Journalism Award

Afghan Journalist Honored with Courage in Journalism Award

"Every time I confront a threat in journalism, I feel some sort of satisfaction in my heart, and I recognize I am doing something very important that I am being threatened for."
US Ranked 23rd in Women's Equality in Global Gender Gap Index

US Ranked 23rd in Women’s Equality in Global Gender Gap Index

Eighty-six out of 133 countries improved their global gender gap between 2012 and 2013, with women's political participation experiencing the most progress.
Saudi Women Campaign Against Driving Ban

Saudi Women Campaign Against Driving Ban

Because of the ban, women must rely on male relatives or drivers to get around.
New Campaign Encourages Women to Participate in Afghanistan's Next Election

New Campaign Encourages Women to Participate in Afghanistan’s Next Election

A new campaign in Afghanistan urges women to vote - specifically, for candidates that support their rights and equality.
A Women in Academia Mini-Roundtable

A Women in Academia Mini-Roundtable

It's clear that women still struggle to find standing in academia. Two FMF interns tackle the issue right at the line where the personal becomes political.
Global Heroes Honored in L.A.

Global Heroes Honored in L.A.

An Afghan rapper. The founder of the first primary school for girls in a Kenyan village. A trailblazing member of Congress who fights to create an AIDS-free generation. An advocate for women’s and children’s rights and empowerment. Tonite in Los Angeles, the Feminist Majority Foundation (publisher of Ms.) will award these four women with its...
Female Teacher Murdered in Pakistan

Female Teacher Murdered in Pakistan

Earlier today, female teacher Shahnaz Nazli was shot by two men of unknown affiliation on her way to work at a girls school in the village of Shahkas. She died of her injuries in the hospital. The Khyber tribal district in northwest Pakistan is asking the government to implement greater security measures for women and...
India’s Tipping Point: Death of Rape Victim Sparks Global Outrage

India’s Tipping Point: Death of Rape Victim Sparks Global Outrage

The brutal gang-rape and death of a 23-year-old female medical student in India has prompted outrage and horror around the world. The physiotherapy student was tortured and raped by a group of six men on Dec. 16 armed with a metal bar on a private bus in New Delhi. She died from her injuries in a Singapore...
The Global War on Women

The Global War on Women

While everyone is consumed in the upcoming election and “women’s issues”, there is yet another disturbing threat at large—the global war on women. The global war I’m thinking of goes beyond reproductive rights to the basic necessity of living free of fear. Last week Malala Yousafzai’s shooting grabbed the world’s attention. Her...
Women Only: Saudi Arabia Further Segregates Society

Women Only: Saudi Arabia Further Segregates Society

The fight for Saudi women’s rights has been well-documented in the press, especially the high-profile protests women’s rights activists launched on the heels of the Arab Spring in hopes to win the right to drive in the Kingdom, the only place in the world where women are legally not permitted to get behind the wheel. This observation...
Women of Color, the Wage Gap and the Paycheck Fairness Act

Women of Color, the Wage Gap and the Paycheck Fairness Act

The average American woman earns only $0.77 to every full dollar that the average American man earns. What do statistics fail to capture about the lives of women of color? A Black woman in the US earns only $0.62 to every full dollar that a white man in the U.S earns. A Hispanic woman earns...
Mother’s Day: A Matter of Life & Death

Mother’s Day: A Matter of Life & Death

As a Bangladeshi woman, I could not have felt more fortunate when I decided to give birth in America. It was a natural choice for my American husband and I. After almost a decade working to ensure US foreign policy protects women’s reproductive health and rights, I was well-aware that every year, approximately 529,000 women and girls...
Should Catholic Bishops Have The Right To Control Your Life?

Should Catholic Bishops Have The Right To Control Your Life?

By Janet Hill, Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), National CLUW Vice President (United Steelworkers) Catholic bishops are pressuring the Obama administration to dilute the rule proposed by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to allow women access to birth control without paying out of pocket. There is a narrow exemption that allows religious...
Does China Have the Solution for the Population Crisis?  Not Even Close

Does China Have the Solution for the Population Crisis? Not Even Close

by Meghan Yee On October 31, the world population reached 7 billion. According to one Chinese demographer, however, if not for China’s one-child policy, the world population would have hit that number five years ago. China has the largest population on earth with 1.4 billion people. However, since 1979, the National Population and Family Planning...
The Women of "Women, War and Peace"

The Women of “Women, War and Peace”

  By Michele Kort The remarkable five-part PBS series Women, War and Peace concludes on tonight (Tuesday, November 8th) with War Redefined, the capstone piece that brings together the issues brought up in the previous films about conflicts in Afghanistan, Colombia, Liberia and Bosnia. Narrated by Geena Davis, the film touches on, among other things,...
The Staggering Facts of Seven Billion

The Staggering Facts of Seven Billion

We humans mark a milestone today—the world’s population reaches 7 billion.  When I was born there were about 2.2 billion people on earth.  When my assistant was born there were a little more than 5 billion people on earth.  It took just 12 years to go from 6 billion to 7.  As the population climbs...
Reflections on a Population Surging Beyond 7 Billion

Reflections on a Population Surging Beyond 7 Billion

6,998,460,833: the world’s current population, according to an estimate by Population Action International (PAI). In anticipation of October 31st, the day the world’s population is predicated to reach 7 billion, I’ve sat at my desk transfixed by PAI’s scrolling ticker, documenting the rapidly increasing population as it approaches a number troubling to reproductive rights activists,...