Why the Next U.N. Secretary-General Must Be a Woman and a Feminist

The United Nations—an institution dedicated to global peace, security and justice—has often felt like an all-boys club. Since 1946, eight men have occupied the hallowed position of secretary-general of the U.N. From Norway’s Trygve Lie to Korea’s Ban Ki-moon—the current secretary-general who will step down at the end of 2016—these men have played a central […]

Deepening Global Income Inequality Leaves Women Stuck Paying the Tab

According to a new report from Oxfam International, just 62 individuals now own as much as the poorest half of the world’s population (roughly 3.5 billion people) with one group paying the highest price for global income inequality: women. Released ahead of World Economic Forum‘s (WEF) 46th annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, which runs Jan. 20 […]

In Cologne, German Women’s Bodies Should Not Be Used to Promote Racism

Following planned attacks on women on New Year’s Eve in Cologne, Germany, more than 500 reports have been made, 40 percent involving sexual assault. In other German cities such as Hamburg, Stuttgart and Düsseldorf, similar cases were also filed. In Cologne, the police have arrested 21 suspects so far, most of whom have been identified as men from […]

Three Years After a Horrific Rape, is Delhi Safer for Women?

Dec. 16 marked three years since 23-year old student Jyoti Singh was brutally attacked by a group of men while doing nothing more than riding a bus at night. Now, the case is back in the spotlight, as the youngest perpetrator convicted of the heinous crime was just released from jail, sparking an outcry from advocates […]

Want World Peace? Bring Women to the Table

Today marks the end of the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender-Based Violence, a global campaign by feminist activists to not only raise awareness and action to end gender violence, but also, importantly, to create an understanding that gender-based violence is a human rights abuse. This is an important rhetorical strategy, given historical reluctance […]

Australia Launches 3-Tick System to Get More Women On-Screen and Behind the Scenes

Reprinted with permission from Women & Hollywood Only 15 percent of features backed by Screen Australia, that country’s state film fund, are directed by female filmmakers. Just 23 percent are written by women, and a mere 32 percent are produced by women. These are numbers that a new $5 million strategy aims to improve. The three-year plan will […]

16 Global Heroes Battling Violence Against Women and Girls

Reprinted with permission from Safe magazine. To read the full stories of each hero, click here. What makes a hero? Someone who walks toward a problem, not away from it. Someone who puts others before themselves even if doing so puts themselves at risk. Someone who translates their own pain or hardship into solutions and salve for others. […]

Women and the Refugee Crisis: An Update from Lebanon

Reprinted with permission from Global Fund for Women “The situation in the [Shatila refugee] camp is just absolutely terrible. We have a lot of problems—health problems, environmental problems, security problems…The woman is the one suffering the most, and the children.” — Nada Al Ajouz With the past month’s deadly attacks in Paris, Beirut and Baghdad, […]

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

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 […]