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We document the systemic obstacles preventing women from accessing reliable health care, including maternal, newborn, and sexual and reproductive health care, and delineate the consequences of not prioritizing women’s safety and security, including gender-based violence. Through rigorous data reporting, we expose how investing in women’s health benefits communities, economies, and entire societies.

A Test With No Answer: Why Are American Doctors Performing Virginity Tests?

Across the United States, physicians, gynecologists, and family doctors report being asked to perform, or performing, “virginity tests.”

Ramona: A Story of Perseverance in Kensington

Ramona shares her story of recovery and escape from a past of violence and drug addiction in south Kensington, Philadelphia.

Doubts Still Linger on Kenyans’ Safety in Middle East

Stories of Kenyan women migrant workers pleading for help led the Kenya government to shut down thousands of unregulated recruiting agencies.

How domestic abusers weaponize the courts

After a breakup, litigation is often a way for harassers to force their victims to keep seeing them.

The Living Hell of Young Girls Enslaved in Bangladesh’s Brothels

Sold by traffickers, trapped for years and raped many times a day … this is the life of tens of thousands of underage girls in Bangladesh.

Trump’s Human Trafficking Record Is Fake News

The U.S. government has just released a highly anticipated human rights report that whitewashes the effects of its own policies.

Homes to Heal Trafficked Children

In Miami, a program designed for trafficked foster youth is showing promise.

Britain Is Making Sexual Harassment a Hate Crime

Five different times, Shana Grice reported her ex-boyfriend to the police in Sussex, England.

Maternity Care Crisis (Averted?)

Dad was speeding down I-95 past the Philadelphia Airport, his heavily pregnant wife moaning in the SUV. The drive was too far; the traffic too congested. Eventually, he pulled over and with the help of…

El Salvador Kills Women as the U.S. Shrugs

Washington helped start an epidemic of violence against women in Central America. Now it’s washing its hands of the problem.

How a Miami Judge Pioneered a New Way of Handling Minor Human Trafficking Cases

Judge Maria Sampedro-Iglesias established the GRACE Court, one of the first trauma-informed courts for juvenile survivors of human trafficking.

‘The Ones Nobody Misses’: Scope of Human Trafficking in Alabama Wider than Reported, Experts Say

Human trafficking is deeply misunderstood, and misconceptions allow traffickers to operate unnoticed—and often in plain sight.

Claira’s story: A ‘Broken, Normal’ Woman Preyed Upon by ‘Life’

More than 200 cases of sex or labor trafficking have been reported from Alabama to the national trafficking hotline since 2015.

Do Traffickers Kidnap Their Victims? The Myths and Realities of Human Trafficking

As awareness and understanding around human trafficking grows, so do its myths, filtered and fertilized through social media and misunderstandings.

Staying Connected: Moms Who Pump in Prison

While a woman’s right to pump her breast milk is legally protected in the United States, the privilege doesn’t extend to incarcerated moms.

When Will #MeToo Reach Places Like North Philly?

There are so many of barriers facing women in below-poverty-line neighborhoods, but one that is rarely talked about is the pervasive sexual harassment.

America Never Gave Afghan Women a Chance

Washington failed at the most promising path toward stability in Afghanistan: keeping the country’s women alive.

In Mosques Across Morocco, Women are Leading a Quiet Revolution

Trained and employed as clerics by the Moroccan government, hundreds of women are experts in Islamic law and tradition and wield power that allows them to promote and defend women’s rights.
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