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The Death of Abeer in Iraq—What We Know Now

The Death of Abeer in Iraq—What We Know Now

| May 19, 2009

Four U.S. soldiers have been tried and convicted in military court for the March 12, 2006 assault and murder of Abeer al-Janabi and her family. Now, in the federal court trial of the last man accused, former Pvt. 1st Class Steven Green, information has surfaced that explains more fully what happened that day. This is the first of a two-part report on the Paducah, Kentucky trial. More »

In Iceland, Our Long-Sought Victory in Battling Human Trafficking

In Iceland, Our Long-Sought Victory in Battling Human Trafficking

| April 21, 2009

On April 17, the last day before Iceland’s parliament adjourned to prepare for elections on April 25, members passed a bill criminalizing the act of buying individuals for purposes of prostitution. Patterned on the Swedish law that addresses the demand fueling the commercial sex industry, the action was hailed as an historic moment in the international struggle against human trafficking. Via Equality Now, here is a dispatch describing the campaign from Gudrún Jónsdóttir, spokeswoman for Stigamot, a women's rights organization in Iceland. More »

Democracy and Pandora’s Box: Family Laws in Afghanistan

| April 20, 2009

For women in Afghanistan, the promise of democracy seems not to include equality, nor protection from the potential of domestic violence. Here, the secretary general of Parliamentarians for Global Action explains the politics behind the proposed oppressive law regulating Shia marriages. More »

Afghan Women to Obama: We Must Be at the Table!

| April 2, 2009

The author, a global affairs professor who has worked extensively in Afghanistan, talks to Dr. Masooda Jalal, a political leader and the subject of a new documentary. Her message: women must be involved in peace making; the Taliban and warlords are “only powerful because we allow them to be.” More »

New U.S. Policy in AfPak: Looking for Mr. Moderate Taliban

New U.S. Policy in AfPak: Looking for Mr. Moderate Taliban

| March 16, 2009

To those who advocate making peace with certain elements of the Taliban, the author, who has worked to secure human rights with Pakistani legislators across the ideological spectrum, argues against any prospective deal that sacrifices women’s empowerment. More »

Why We Must Still Remember

| March 13, 2009

Beginning in 2006, the Women’s Media Center began a series of articles to alert the public about violence against women involving U.S. soldiers in Iraq. Helen Zia, a WMC board member, explains why we must continue to demand justice. More »

Of Slumdog and Loveleen

Of Slumdog and Loveleen

| February 17, 2009

The author, a filmmaker herself, considers what the woman with the title of “co-director” contributed to the remarkable success of a leading contender for both best director and best picture at this year’s Oscars—and what the controversy means for women filmmakers. More »

Turning the Tide against the Taliban: What Works

Turning the Tide against the Taliban: What Works

| February 3, 2009

The Obama Administration must empower the Pakistani people, who have already shown that they’re ready and able to stand up against the forces oppressing women and girls in the valley of Swat and elsewhere. Here, the secretary-general of Parliamentarians for Global Action, tells us how. More »

Turning Pain to Power

| February 2, 2009

Women and girls in eastern Congo suffer sexual atrocities that are tactics of war in the region. Playwright Eve Ensler has joined with Dr. Denis Mukwege to ask us to imagine the unimaginable, to empathize and join together to end the terror. More »

A War on Pakistan’s Schoolgirls

| January 27, 2009

In a remarkably beautiful area of Pakistan, the Taliban is making a nightmare of girls’ lives. The author, a Pakistani lawyer and staff member of Equality Now, tells us how the Obama Administration can avoid the mistakes of its predecessor. More »