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Global Gender Gap Report: Some Gains in Africa

Global Gender Gap Report: Some Gains in Africa

| November 18, 2009

In its country-by-country index comparing the status of men and women, the World Economic Forum finds that Nordic countries remain highest on the equity scale. Here, the co-founder of the Council of Women World Leaders explains the study and its importance to women and girls. More »

Finally, a UN Women’s Agency with Muscle

| November 10, 2009

Recently the UN announced approval of a new agency for women—an event that followed years of complex organizing by individuals and advocacy groups around the world. Here, one of the principle coordinators of that ongoing effort explains what it means for women, and the work that still remains to ensure its success. More »

At the UN, Criminalizing Rape as a Weapon

At the UN, Criminalizing Rape as a Weapon

| November 3, 2009

In the last week of October, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made headlines and sparked anger in travels to Israel and Pakistan. Her role some weeks earlier was less controversial yet critically important, as she led UN diplomats forward in an action that could ease the suffering of countless women and girls living in conflict zones around the world. More »

The Inflection Point for the World’s Girls and Women

The Inflection Point for the World’s Girls and Women

| October 21, 2009

The author is attending a global seminar this week in Salzburg, “Smart Change: Investing in Women and Girls, Leveraging Philanthropy for Global Impact,” to produce an international agenda for action. She argues that, in terms of gender, the world has reached an “inflection point,” when old patterns collapse and new ones emerge. More »

Gender Discrimination in Filmmaking—Bollywood Style

| October 13, 2009

Moviemaking styles may vary between Hollywood and Bollywood, but women working in the Indian commercial film industry have as difficult a time as their counterparts in the United States getting good roles and investment in their films. Director Zoya Akhtar takes a satiric look in Luck by Chance. More »

Afghanistan: Will Obama Listen to the Women?

Afghanistan: Will Obama Listen to the Women?

| October 8, 2009

Eight years ago on October 7, the United States sent troops into Afghanistan. Having just returned from there, the author, co-founder with Medea Benjamin of CODEPINK, brings an open letter to President Obama from prominent Afghan women and their supporters from Pakistan, India and the United States—asking that he send no more troops and work quickly toward a political solution. More »

Sakena Yacoobi’s Vision for Afghanistan

| October 1, 2009

For over a decade, Sakena Yacoobi has worked for the welfare of her nation, particularly the girls and women of Afghanistan. The West can help with infrastructure, she says. But solutions for a better future must be forged with respect to a culture that is thousands of years old. More »

In Defense of the French Health System: Having a Baby in Paris

| September 29, 2009

As the U.S. Senate struggles to produce health-care reform legislation that can win the votes of 60 members, cost issues rise to the forefront of the debate. Poet Carolyn Forché’s experience suggests that universal access to health care is not only the right thing to do morally but financially as well. More »

September 12th—The Long Day After

September 12th—The Long Day After

| September 14, 2009

The author, a Pakistan-born New Yorker, connects our collective sorrow on 9/11 to what terrorism and its aftermath continue to take away. More »

Military Coup Reverses Honduran Women’s Gains in Human Rights

Military Coup Reverses Honduran Women’s Gains in Human Rights

| August 28, 2009

In Honduras, the first military coup of the 21st Century is having a devastating effect on human rights, according to the author, a producer at FIRE (Feminist International Radio Endeavour), which was represented in an international delegation visiting the country this month. More »