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We chronicle the courageous and cutting-edge work of groups and women leaders in the fight for women’s rights, equity, justice, and positive change around the globe, and identify the forces working against them. Our reporting seeks to include and elevate women leaders, underscoring their agency and changing the way that leading women are portrayed and the narrative about their roles.

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.

Trump’s Anti-Trafficking Argument for a Border Wall

Trump’s Administration has not only mischaracterized the issue of trafficking in America but also recently introduced changes that have made the situation worse for victims.

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.

A Long Women’s March through Congress

It was a year of quiet, but major, progress for women’s issues in the U.S. government—and 2019 promises even more.

Women Want to Put Yemen Back Together Again

Men caused the world’s worst humanitarian disaster, but it’s become clear they can’t fix it.

Why Trump’s Immigration Policy Will Hurt All Americans

Throughout U.S. history, politicians have demonized immigrants at the expense of society as a whole. In a bid to whip up his base in the closing days before the midterm elections, President Donald Trump announced…

Iraq is Tempting Fate By Punishing Women

Iraq isn’t just flouting international law by collectively punishing the wives of Islamic State fighters—it’s inviting a return to war.

Justice for Survivors of ISIS: The Plight of Yazidi Women

ISIS fighters committed genocide and rape against members of Iraq’s minority Yazidi faith, but here we ask, did Yazidi women suffer the most?

The Truth About the Wives of ISIS

Now that the Islamic State has lost its militant grip on Iraq, what will become of the women being punished for their husbands' crimes?

One Small Step For Feminist Foreign Policy

This weekend’s meeting of female foreign ministers will be a historic achievement—and not nearly enough for the world’s women.

One Year Ago, Tunisia Passed A Groundbreaking Law To Protect Women. Has It Worked?

A year on, activists are still struggling to change the broader culture.

Colombia Was Just Starting To Deliver Justice To Women. Will A New President Get In The Way?

With the election of a new president, Colombia threw the future of its peace deal into uncertainty.

Want To Wipe Out Terror In Somalia? Turn To Women

Because women need to shape policy and legislation to secure protection and advancement of women and girls.

Trolling The Patriarchy With Photos Of Battered Women – One Woman’s Quest To Change Russia’s Domestic Violence Laws

For Russian women's rights activist Alena Popova, battling the patriarchy is a full-time job.

The Dangers of Forcing Gender Equality in Afghanistan

The idea of supporting measures that expand gender equality seems like an easy call. But, as one Afghan woman's story shows, bolstering the ranks of women in security forces in a country like Afghanistan is…

Turkish Women Rising

Turkish women risk peril in demanding their rights. One particular group refused to keep quiet, catapulting the fight for women’s rights into the spotlight.
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