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The Ground We Stand On

The Ground We Stand On

| June 11, 2010

In Zimbabwe, Kenya and other countries wrested from colonial powers, women must look to their own rich heritage for security and rights, argues the author, Kenyan feminist and scholar Achola O. Pala. More »

I’ve Seen First Hand What CEDAW Can Do

I’ve Seen First Hand What CEDAW Can Do

| May 27, 2010

The author, chief of the Africa Division of UNIFEM, explains the power of the UN treaty to eliminate discrimination against women—a potent tool that will only gain in strength with ratification by the United States. More »

Global Moms Bill: An Opening for the Administration to Keep Its Promises?

Global Moms Bill: An Opening for the Administration to Keep Its Promises?

| May 24, 2010

President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton have voiced concern for women’s safety and health around the world. Legislation introduced this month in the House calls for specific steps to meet that commitment in regard to mothers dying in childbirth. More »

Shining a Light Under the Veil

Shining a Light Under the Veil

| May 10, 2010

The author, whose interviews have been widely published, talks to playwright Mary Apick about the stories of women who spend their public lives shielded from our view. More »

Saving the Earth: What Science Can’t Accomplish

Saving the Earth: What Science Can’t Accomplish

| April 22, 2010

As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, the author describes how women have worked to break through the seemingly impervious bureaucracy at the UN to finally impress on world leaders that saving the earth depends on guaranteeing women equal rights and status. More »

Bactria Revisited: Does Alexander Have Lessons for Obama in Afghanistan?

Bactria Revisited: Does Alexander Have Lessons for Obama in Afghanistan?

| April 16, 2010

The Pakhtuns of Afghanistan and across the border in Pakistan haven’t always rejected influences from the West. The author suggests that Alexander the Great’s success in the 4th Century B.C. may hold a key to integrating Afghanistan into the international community—in a way that would help protect and empower women in the region. More »

Remembering Abeer: Anatomy of a War Crime

Remembering Abeer: Anatomy of a War Crime

| April 15, 2010

In 2006, WMC began a media campaign to ensure that the girl who fell victim to a heinous U.S. war crime in Iraq would not be forgotten. Here, the writer of previous WMC Exclusives about the case describes new information from a recent book by Time magazine’s Jim Frederick. More »

A Vibrant Encounter Space Online: The International Museum of Women

| March 31, 2010

The International Museum of Women is an innovative “new media” approach that utilizes women’s creative powers as a bridge for activism. More »

New Hope for Progress Among U.S. Delegates to UN Meeting

New Hope for Progress Among U.S. Delegates to UN Meeting

| March 12, 2010

Women have been stymied for years in efforts to achieve U.S. ratification of CEDAW, the UN treaty to eliminate discrimination against women. Now, meeting at the UN, U.S. women hope to regain influence in establishing rights for women around the world. More »

In Chile, Bachelet Steps Down

In Chile, Bachelet Steps Down

| March 10, 2010

Michelle Bachelet’s presidency comes to a tumultuous end less than two weeks after her country withstood an 8.8 magnitude earthquake. Here, the author assesses what her term in office has meant for women in Chile and what lies ahead. More »