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 […]

In India or U.S., No Safe Haven from Gender Violence

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When you cry “rape,” who can hear you? Should it matter how you are heard? On reading American student RoseChasm’s terrified litanies of sexual harassment, rape and stalking during her experiences in a study abroad program in India, I was angry and outraged on her behalf, and empathetic based on my own experiences in India. […]

Sochi Watch: Fighting Homophobia With Smooches and Pooches

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There was a lot of excitement this week when what was thought to be an act of defiance came out of Russia: Two women athletes locked lips on the winners podium after winning a 4 x 400 meter relay in Moscow. Russian runners Kseniya Ryzhova and Tatyana Firova were believed to be taking a symbolic […]