Women Belong at the Center of the Environmental Justice Movement

When women are included in the climate planning process, not only do they bring in a unique perspective, but are also more likely to take part in solutions. When diverse perspectives are engaged in climate action, stronger solutions are more likely.

Fueling Sustainable Development for Women and Girls with Clean Cookstoves

Increasing access to clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels can deliver dramatic gender impacts, while also improving health, protecting the environment, and enhancing livelihoods

Solving the Global Reproductive Care Crisis Means Solving the Funding Crisis

The current shortfall facing groups like UNFPA is the result of a shift in donor funding priorities and an overall decrease in funding for development programs. There is no quick fix for that.

I’m Still Asking: Where’s The Family Planning?

As thousands of advocates, policymakers and global leaders wrap up a week of discussion at the Women Deliver conference on how to transform our world, I can’t help but keep asking: WTFP?!

5 Key Takeaways on Ending Child Marriage from the Women Deliver Conference

Mabel van Orange, chair of Girls Not Brides, said at this conference: “A world that has child marriage will never be a world where girls and boys are equal, a world where women are equal to men.” Here’s five ways we can build a world where they are.

On the Rape and Murder of a 6-Year-Old Afghan Girl in Iran

The rape and murder last month of 6-year-old Afghan refugee girl Setayesh Qoreishi is endemic to the long history of neglect, abuse, discrimination and human rights violations that Afghans have suffered in Iran for decades. Setayesh was born to an Afghan refugee family living in the Varamin suburb of Tehran. On April 9, she disappeared […]

Endless Aftershocks

April 28 marks the one-year anniversary of the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal. The article below, which first appeared in the Spring 2016 issue of Ms., outlines the ongoing devastation facing the nation’s women. Subscribe to Ms. today to read more global news with a feminist lens. Five-year-old Shirisha, once the Tamang family chatterbox, barely speaks now. […]

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 […]

Sexism and “Hysteria” in Brazilian Politics

In a recent article published in a major Brazilian magazine, IstoÉ (This is), President Dilma Rousseff was depicted as having lost the emotional and cognitive capacity to run the country, with a front page close-up portrait of her contorted face and allegations that she had had “successive nervous explosions,” and was “showing a complete disconnection […]

How Canada Finally Axed Its Federal Tampon Tax

As American activists embark on a journey to end the so-called “tampon tax,” they’ll want to look to activists in countries that have successfully lifted similar taxes in recent times. Canada happens to be one of those nations. According to canadianmentruators.ca, Canadians collectively spent $519,976,963 on menstrual products in 2014 (before tax). With a 5 […]