Where Writers Aren’t Free

Five decades of military rule in Myanmar have kept it politically isolated, economically undeveloped and, in terms of freedom of expression, very unfree. That may be about to change. In last November’s election, the National League for Democracy party (NLD), headed by populist leader and writer Aung San Suu Kyi, won nearly 80 percent of seats. […]

Tackling Sexual Health and Reproductive Rights at the U.N.

Negotiations for a sustainable global development agenda came to a close in 2015 at the United Nations. Despite political and economic differences, countries rallied to support the resulting Sustainable Development Goals of 2030 (SDGs). On paper, Agenda 2030 offers significant gains for women and girls—provided the 17 goals and 169 targets are fully implemented. During […]

Sister to Sister: Why a Group of Nuns are Going Undercover as Sex Workers

For the last five years, more 1,000 nuns have been going undercover as sex workers to help women trafficked into prostitution and sex slavery. And while you’ve probably never heard of them, the sisters of Talitha Kum—a reference to the Gospel of Mark meaning, “Maiden, I say to you, arise” in Aramaic—are worthy of your attention. The sisters run prevention […]

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. […]