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Morituri te Salutant: On a “Surge” in Afghanistan

| December 8, 2009

The author, an expert on parliamentary diplomacy, says we must focus today on a strengthened political process to successfully end international military engagement in Afghanistan—and that process must respect the rights of women. More »

Fort Hood Tragedy: What Muslim Women Really Think

| December 3, 2009

With the murders at Fort Hood, New York’s Muslim community, however unjustly, was on the defensive. The author explains how Muslim women are reacting. More »

A Few Acres and a Cow (or Two): Up from Poverty in East Africa

A Few Acres and a Cow (or Two): Up from Poverty in East Africa

| November 25, 2009

Backed by Gates Foundation funding, women dairy farmers in Uganda are working collectively to care for their families, their livestock, their crops and the earth. More »

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 »