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 […]

Meryl Streep’s New Film Tackles “A Fate Worse Than Death”

In the new documentary Shout Gladi Gladi, narrated by multiple Academy Award-winner Meryl Streep, filmmakers Adam Friedman and Iain Kennedy focus their lens on the women of war-torn Sierra Leone and Malawi, who suffer from an affliction many in their communities describe as a fate worse than death: obstetric fistula. Obstetric fistula—which occurs during days-long obstructed labor—is a […]

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

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 […]