Afghanistan’s Women: Safe Enough to Thrive

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By Catherine Powell, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon and Hannah Chartoff At a White House press conference in March, U.S. President Barack Obama, standing beside Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, announced that he would delay the schedule for U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. Rather than bringing 4,300 troops back home by the end of this year—nearly half the force […]

10-Year-Old Paraguayan Girl Denied an Abortion

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On April 21, a 10-year-old girl and her mother walked into the Trinidad Maternity and Children’s Hospital in Asunción, Paraguay. The girl (whose name has been withheld) complained of sharp pains in her stomach, which appeared visibly swollen. Worried her daughter might have a tumor, the girl’s mother asked doctors to examine her. What they […]

To Veil or Not to Veil: The Twisted Logic of Canada’s Prime Minister

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Fear-mongering about the alleged threats of the Muslim faith took a decidedly Canadian turn last month when Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper declared in Parliament that covering one’s face with a niqab (a headscarf that covers every part of a woman’s face but her eyes) is “rooted in a culture that is anti-women.” Using pro-equality rhetoric to […]

Every City Needs a Trans Awareness Campaign Like this One

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Vancouver is consistently named one of the most livable cities in the world, and its Park Board recently launched a program that’s making it even more appealing. Hillcrest Community Centre, built during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, became host this week to a series of posters raising awareness about the trans community and issues facing […]

Sexual Violence Against Congolese Infants Is on the Rise

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A version of this article previously appeared on the Panzi Foundation website. When I first began working to combat mass atrocities in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), I was a recovering academic. I had left a PhD program at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies with an MA, all-but-dissertation, driven by […]

Aileen Mioko Smith: Anti-Nuclear Feminist

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This March, for Women’s History Month, the Ms. Blog is profiling Wonder Women who have made history—and those who are making history right now. Join us each day as we bring you the stories of iconic and soon-to-be-famous feminist change-makers. My mother was part of Women Strike For Peace in the early 1960s and, along with thousands […]

10 Badass Sikh Women in History

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Oftentimes, women’s contributions are overlooked because, for the most part, it is men who write history. In India, women of the Sikh faith have fought, ruled, taught and served for centuries. They have managed organizations, guided communities and led revolts. These accomplishments are admirable in their own right, and they are even more impressive when […]

Masha Hamilton: Amplifying the Voices of Afghan Women

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This March, for Women’s History Month, the Ms. Blog is profiling Wonder Women who have made history—and those who are making history right now. Join us each day as we bring you the stories of iconic and soon-to-be-famous feminist change-makers. In the words of Masha Hamilton—journalist, novelist, social activist and founder of the Afghan Women’s Writing Project—“to […]

Aurora Cáceres: Fighting for Women’s Sexual and Intellectual Liberation

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This March, for Women’s History Month, the Ms. Blog is profiling Wonder Women who have made history—and those who are making history right now. Join us each day as we bring you the stories of iconic and soon-to-be-famous feminist change-makers. Zoila Aurora Cáceres Moreno was a Peruvian feminist writer who dove deep into sensitive topics such as […]

Mai Bhago: The Woman Warrior Who Fought for Freedom

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This March, for Women’s History Month, the Ms. Blog is profiling Wonder Women who have made history—and those who are making history right now. Join us each day as we bring you the stories of iconic and soon-to-be-famous feminist change-makers. Women are warriors. We have always been warriors, and we will always be warriors. Today, many of […]