Women in Saudi Arabia Register to Vote for the First Time


In 2011, Saudi Arabia’s late King Abdullah officially granted women the right to vote and run in elections starting in 2015. Now, that decree is taking effect and voter registration is beginning across the kingdom. On August 30, candidates will also begin to register; it’s estimated that around 70 women will do so. There is already […]

After the Quake: Why Haiti Needs New Narratives

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In her latest book, Why Haiti Needs New Narratives: A Post-Quake Chronicle, feminist artist, anthropologist, activist and Ms. writer Gina Athena Ulysse digs deep into Haiti’s history, exposing the myths surrounding the country’s cultural identity while offering new, more nuanced stories. With the centennial observance of the United States’ occupation of Haiti this month, the Ms. Blog seized the opportunity to […]

Drone Successfully Delivers Abortion Pills in Poland

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This past Saturday, a drone flying from Frankfurt, Germany safely delivered abortion-inducing pills to Słubice, Poland. The drone’s flight marks the first successful effort by Women on Waves and other pro-abortion groups based in Eastern Europe to provide abortion services in this way. Abortion is legal in Germany, but has been harshly restricted in Poland since 1993. […]

Justice: Must Be Made in Bangladesh


Fifteen years ago, Bangladesh was fast becoming a star in the eyes of the United Nations. The poor, hyper-populated Southeast Asian country was poised to meet—even surpass—the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals, serving as a model to the rest of the world that with the right investments, poverty could be eradicated. A booming ready-made export garment […]

Not Only Voiceless, But Choice-less: The Impregnated Victims of Boko Haram

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The rescue of hundreds of Nigerian women and girls from terrorist group Boko Haram received more press coverage than the human rights of women and girls are generally allocated. But what wasn’t included in that coverage is how the U.S. is actively denying those same women and girls the medical care they desperately need.  Many of those rescued […]

A Harrowing Reminder of the Anti-Abortion Climate in Chile


Early in 2015, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet announced a goal for her presidency: to end the country’s total ban on abortion. Currently, women in Chile can face up to five years in prison for undergoing the procedure—with no exceptions for rape, incest or the life of the mother—unless the abortion is “accidental.” Given the legal climate, […]

A Survivor of Marriage-By-Abduction Speaks Out


In the Winter 2015 issue of Ms. we introduced readers to an Ethiopian-made film titled Difret, produced in part by Angelina Jolie. The film tells the true story of an Ethiopian girl who, after being victimized in the 1990s by the local discriminatory practice of telefa, or marriage-by-abduction, killed the man who had abducted and raped her. The […]

Do Women in Muslim Countries Have More Reproductive Freedom than American Women?


When the U.S. House of Representatives voted recently to pass a law that would tighten restrictions on abortions performed after 20 weeks, it followed the lead of state legislators across the country. But U.S. legislators are bucking global trends to increase women’s rights and access to reproductive care. Every day in the U.S., restrictions are […]

Afghanistan’s Women: Safe Enough to Thrive


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


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 […]