Meryl Streep’s New Film Tackles “A Fate Worse Than Death”

In the new documentary Shout Gladi Gladi, narrated by multiple Academy Award-winner Meryl Streep, filmmakers Adam Friedman and Iain Kennedy focus their lens on the women of war-torn Sierra Leone and Malawi, who suffer from an affliction many in their communities describe as a fate worse than death: obstetric fistula. Obstetric fistula—which occurs during days-long obstructed labor—is a […]

Can the UN’s New Goals Really Change the World?

There’s good news and bad news about the ambitious Sustainable Development Agenda that world leaders adopted Sept. 25 at the United Nations. The 17 goals and 169 targets of the new agenda create social, environmental and economic priorities to achieve well-being for the planet and everybody on it. First, the good news. The Sustainable Development […]

Wheels of Change: Afghan Women Ride Bikes Despite Threats and Opposition

Even before the Taliban ruled in Afghanistan, women were banned from riding bicycles. Though they’re no longer officially banned, women’s cycling is still frowned upon in the conservative country. But there are groups of women winding their way through cultural taboo and beating a new path to women’s equality, and they’re being profiled in a new documentary […]

Introducing Your New #WCE: Ishita Malaviya, India’s First Woman Surfer

Ishita Malaviya always dreamt of becoming a surfer, but didn’t think there were any waves in India, her home country. But about eight years ago, she and her boyfriend, fellow surfer Tushar Pathiyan, stumbled upon an ashram in the small university town of Manipal that was packed full of surfers from California. “We were super excited to […]

Global Goals Promise Transformative Change for Women and Girls

History will be made next week when world leaders adopt the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. After three years of intense negotiations, governments, civil society groups and international agencies have crafted a universal vision for the future of the world’s people and planet. The 17 goals in the 2030 Agenda aim to address […]

Women in Saudi Arabia Register to Vote for the First Time

In 2011, Saudi Arabia’s late King Abdullah officially granted women the right to vote and run in elections starting in 2015. Now, that decree is taking effect and voter registration is beginning across the kingdom. On August 30, candidates will also begin to register; it’s estimated that around 70 women will do so. There is already […]

After the Quake: Why Haiti Needs New Narratives

In her latest book, Why Haiti Needs New Narratives: A Post-Quake Chronicle, feminist artist, anthropologist, activist and Ms. writer Gina Athena Ulysse digs deep into Haiti’s history, exposing the myths surrounding the country’s cultural identity while offering new, more nuanced stories. With the centennial observance of the United States’ occupation of Haiti this month, the Ms. Blog seized the opportunity to […]

Drone Successfully Delivers Abortion Pills in Poland

This past Saturday, a drone flying from Frankfurt, Germany safely delivered abortion-inducing pills to Słubice, Poland. The drone’s flight marks the first successful effort by Women on Waves and other pro-abortion groups based in Eastern Europe to provide abortion services in this way. Abortion is legal in Germany, but has been harshly restricted in Poland since 1993. […]

Justice: Must Be Made in Bangladesh

Fifteen years ago, Bangladesh was fast becoming a star in the eyes of the United Nations. The poor, hyper-populated Southeast Asian country was poised to meet—even surpass—the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals, serving as a model to the rest of the world that with the right investments, poverty could be eradicated. A booming ready-made export garment […]

Not Only Voiceless, But Choice-less: The Impregnated Victims of Boko Haram

The rescue of hundreds of Nigerian women and girls from terrorist group Boko Haram received more press coverage than the human rights of women and girls are generally allocated. But what wasn’t included in that coverage is how the U.S. is actively denying those same women and girls the medical care they desperately need.  Many of those rescued […]