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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 »

New Report Indicates that Rape Kit Backlog Likely a National Crisis

| April 16, 2009

A study of crime labs in Los Angeles indicates that many sexual assault victims wait in vain for prosecution of rapists. The lead investigator for Human Rights Watch, Sarah Tofte, now wants to study backlogs at labs in cities across the country. More »

New U.S. Policy in AfPak: Looking for Mr. Moderate Taliban  by Shazia Z. Rafi

New U.S. Policy in AfPak: Looking for Mr. Moderate Taliban by Shazia Z. Rafi

| 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 »

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 »

Keeping Hold of Your Vision—the Making of Hounddog

| September 17, 2008

One of the dirty secrets of the film business is that it takes women directors a long time to get their films made. The Women, which opened recently, took Diane English 14 years to bring to the screen; other examples include Tamara Jenkins award-winning The Savagesand Kimberly Peirce's Stop-Loss, which took 10 years each. Writer/director Deborah Kampmeier joins this illustrious club with her own decade long trek to see her filmHounddog starring Dakota Fanning finally released in theatres. More »

Finally! The UN Gets One Right

Finally! The UN Gets One Right

| August 4, 2008

Last week, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously confirmed Secretary General BanKi-Moon’s appointment for\the post of UN high commissioner for human rights: the distinguished South African jurist Navanethem (“Navi”) Pillay. Women’s rights activists around the world can celebrate. More »

A Reflective NOW Looks to the Future

| July 25, 2008

Jehmu Greene, a legendary grass roots organizer, plans next to “look laser-like at organizing young women. More »

Sexual Violence as Occupational Hazard—In Iraq and at Home in the U.S.A.

| December 21, 2007

Jamie Leigh Jones was just 20 in 2005 when she took a leap of faith to work in Iraq for her employer, military contractor Kellogg, Brown & Root, then a subsidiary of Halliburton. She went on a mission she believed in. Shortly after her arrival in Iraq, however, Jones’ ambitions were dashed in an alleged gang rape by co-workers. More »