24 Years On: Never Forgetting the Montreal Massacre

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I live with 14 women I have never met. Each holiday season, I grade final exams, choose my Christmas tree, shovel my driveway and wrap my gifts, all the while remembering what happened on December 6, 1989. On that day in Montreal, 14 young women were in school studying to be engineers. They were doing […]

Why the U.S. Is Investing in Afghan Girls’ Education

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At Georgetown University today, Secretary of State John Kerry, former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton and former First Lady Laura Bush all gave support to “Advancing Afghan Women.” Here are some of Kerry’s remarks: … We all know that creating opportunities for women is not just the right thing to do. It’s also a strategic […]

Kakenya Ntaiya Needs Your Votes!

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Kakenya Ntaiya, like most young girls in her Kenyan village, was forced to undergo female genital mutilation at a young age. Many girls in Africa undergo this gruesome centuries-old practice and are then promptly married off. For most, it means the end of not only their childhood, but their education as well. But 14-year-old Kakenya […]

Forgotten in the Fallout: Women and Fukushima

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Fukushima. It was a hot day in July, and I was standing in the middle of the road adjusting my camera in view of the Daichii reactor No. 2 when my friend Sonny delivered the news. International wires were buzzing with talk of Fukushima as the Japanese government revealed knowledge of a disaster far worse […]

No Woman, No Drive

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It’s not news to most that Saudi Arabia is notorious for taking basic human rights away from its female population. It currently forbids them from traveling abroad, opening a bank account and even from working without permission from a male relative. Another way the Saudi government attempts to keep women locked in the Stone Age […]

On This International Day of the Girl, Remember Afghanistan

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As Nicholas Kristof stated, “Talent is universal; opportunity is not.” On every corner of the earth, there are millions of talented children who are denied getting an education due to war, poverty, harmful traditions and lack of resources.  I was one of those children. I could not go to school for five years. I know […]

Six Reasons To Be Wary of Death Sentence for Delhi Rapists

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In New Delhi last December, Jyoti Singh Pandey, a physiotherapy student out to a late movie with a friend, boarded a bus in which she and her friend were attacked by a group of men. Brutally gang-raped, Pandey succumbed to her injuries a few days later. The case evoked unprecedented resonance among many groups, especially […]

Policewoman Murdered in Afghanistan; Others Threatened

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UPDATE: Five men have been arrested in connection with the shooting death of Lt. Negar. No other details have been made public at this point. Sub-inspector Lt. Negar of the police criminal investigation department in Helmand, a troubled and conservative southern province of Afghanistan, died in the hospital Monday morning after being shot by an […]

Indian Politicians Set Bait for Women’s Vote

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“Why don’t they have general elections every year, even every six months ?” That’s Mohana being cheeky as she listens to the day’s news items being read out to her by a member of a nongovernmental organization in Bangalore, in south India. The women sitting with her, all slum dwellers and mostly illiterate—whose surnames represent […]

We Need a Woman To Guide U.S. Global AIDS Programs

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A decision is imminent about who will be the next head of U.S.-funded AIDS programs around the world—known as PEPFAR,  the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. That person will be the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and ambassador at large—and the time is right for that person to be a woman. Women are at the […]