Peace Heroes: Uganda’s Robinah Rubimbwa

“Senior figures who had refused to support us suddenly realized it was the women of Uganda who were genuinely committed to peace.”

Sanctioned Casualties of War

When Dr. Hania Morsi Fadl invited members of Sudan’s high society to celebrate the opening of the Khartoum Breast Care Centre in 2010, no one even responded.

NEWSFLASH: Feminist Leader Held as Part of Egypt’s Travel Ban

Egyptian law now prevents progressive NGO and nonprofit leaders from leaving the country, which is creating chaos in the country.

When the World Bank Bulldozed Her Community, She Fought Back

A World Bank project that rendered Bimbo Oshobe destitute turned her into a women’s rights and community leader.

What It’s Like to Be a Widow in Africa

Widows in many African cultures are subjected to dehumanizing cultural and ritual practices passed off as mourning rites.

Women Speak Up About the Customs That Encourage Early Marriage and Childbirth in Zimbabwe

I conducted in-depth interviews in Zimbabwe to find out more about persisting social norms on sexual and reproductive health and rights there and who upholds them.

Family Planning Transforms Lives in Kenya

Organizations like APHIA, Tunza, and Jhpiego have worked in urban slums communities to help women access quality health care information and services, including family planning.

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 […]

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

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 […]

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