Missing the Mark: Gender Equality and Women’s Rights at the G20

The G20 simply cannot afford to leave women off the agenda and rely on the markets alone to resolve inequality.

The Uncertain Future of U.S. Global Leadership for Women and Girls

Trump’s budget is bad for development, multilateralism and—most especially—for women and girls.

What Tillerson Could Mean for US. Foreign Policy and Women’s Empowerment Programs

Rex Tillerson’s hearing presented an incomplete picture as to what we might expect—but certainly some cause for optimism.

Why Young Egyptian Women are Wishing They’d Been Born Decades Ago

“I wish I had been born in my grandmother’s time.” Those words continue to haunt me weeks after my visit to Egypt, where I participated in a U.S. State Department-sponsored professional exchange program for civil society groups working on women’s rights. These 10 words were spoken to me by Mona, a 22-year-old woman living in […]

The Obama Administration Just Took a Big Step to Support Girls Worldwide

Last week, Secretary of State John Kerry did something unprecedented in U.S. foreign policy: He announced a new, multiagency strategy designed not to secure American trade or security interests or stem the tide of extremism, but purely to empower the world’s adolescent girls—250 million of whom live in poverty, 62 million of whom are out of school […]

Want World Peace? Bring Women to the Table

Today marks the end of the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender-Based Violence, a global campaign by feminist activists to not only raise awareness and action to end gender violence, but also, importantly, to create an understanding that gender-based violence is a human rights abuse. This is an important rhetorical strategy, given historical reluctance […]

A Year Later, the World’s Girls are Still Waiting

Seven hundred million women alive today were married as children. Robbed of their childhood, marital vows for girls typically mean an end to education, early childbearing that puts their still-developing bodies at risk, a life of servitude, increased exposure to violence and abuse and limited opportunities to make choices about their own future. Child marriage […]

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