Iranian Women are Banned from Watching Volleyball: Take a Stand!

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Since 2012, Iranian women and girls have been barred from attending men’s volleyball tournaments. Though women have been protesting the ban for years, and some, like activist Ghoncheh Ghavami, have attempted to infiltrate the male-only spaces—facing year-long prison sentences for even trying to enter the stadium—little progress has been made. Frustrations over the ban are about more […]

Arab Women Defy STEM Stereotypes


This summer, I spent a week in the Persian Gulf state of Abu Dhabi, which is part of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). People in the West might know that the Gulf states have a high percentage of non-citizen migrant workers, and they might have heard of the oppressive conditions under which many of these […]

The Global Trade in Child Rape is Happening at Workplaces Everywhere


Last Thursday The Guardian reported on a United Nations publication, released in September, that described four U.N. staff fired for trading in images and/or videos of child sex abuse on their work computers. Journalists from Agence France-Presse to Al Arabiya followed this story and referenced that U.N. work computers were involved. The trade in child rape, aka child pornography, in the workplace is an […]

The Syrian Refugee Struggle No One’s Talking About


Yesterday’s New York Times ran a story about how migrants rushing to cross Europe, though resourceful and adaptable, are facing a new threat they can’t evade: winter. But there is another thing that the girls and women among the migrants cannot avoid, and that is their monthly menstruation. Few among us would grab extra underwear and sanitary pads […]

The Taliban’s Reign of Terror in Kunduz


President Obama announced this week that several thousand U.S. troops would remain on the ground in Afghanistan through the end of his term in 2017. The administration’s goal is to protect the nation’s fragile democracy from another takeover by the Taliban, a group that ruled viciously until 2001. Under Taliban control, women were not allowed to work, go […]

NEWSFLASH: U.S. Troops to Remain in Afghanistan


The Obama Administration declared Thursday that U.S. troops will remain on the ground in Afghanistan through the end of the president’s term in 2017. Below is a statement from the Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms., supporting the decision. The Feminist Majority Foundation supports President Obama’s decision to delay the drawdown of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. […]

Half-Full/Half-Empty: What the U.N. Has Done for Women and Girls


Ellen Chesler and Terry McGovern have co-edited a timely and important collection of analytical essays and personal reflections in their new volume, Women and Girls Rising. The volume tries—and largely succeeds—to offer a thoughtful reckoning of the influence of the U.N. Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1995. It is part of a series […]

7 Chicana Feminist Authors You Should Be Reading


I am a woman of color. If you are too, you probably understand my frustration when I say it was nearly impossible to find role models in the mainstream media as a child. I don’t know about you but, that doesn’t sit well with me. As a young Chicana/Xicana, I probably read fewer than a handful […]

Stand Up for Congo


Dr. Denis Mukwege, founder of Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, raged against his community, international NGOs, the government and Congolese men—all of whom in his view do nothing to prevent the atrocities and devastation still being perpetrated on women in Eastern Congo today. “Why is no one standing up to protect the women and children? Where […]

A True Hero

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The word “hero” is used far too often today. It seems as though we bandy the word around for actions that should be considered normal human behavior. In my travels to Congo with Jewish World Watch, however, I have had the honor to meet several of the real heroes in the world. Some of these […]