The Global Trade in Child Rape is Happening at Workplaces Everywhere


Last Thursday The Guardian reported on a United Nations publication, released in September, that described four U.N. staff fired for trading in images and/or videos of child sex abuse on their work computers. Journalists from Agence France-Presse to Al Arabiya followed this story and referenced that U.N. work computers were involved. The trade in child rape, aka child pornography, in the workplace is an […]

The Syrian Refugee Struggle No One’s Talking About


Yesterday’s New York Times ran a story about how migrants rushing to cross Europe, though resourceful and adaptable, are facing a new threat they can’t evade: winter. But there is another thing that the girls and women among the migrants cannot avoid, and that is their monthly menstruation. Few among us would grab extra underwear and sanitary pads […]

Half-Full/Half-Empty: What the U.N. Has Done for Women and Girls


Ellen Chesler and Terry McGovern have co-edited a timely and important collection of analytical essays and personal reflections in their new volume, Women and Girls Rising. The volume tries—and largely succeeds—to offer a thoughtful reckoning of the influence of the U.N. Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1995. It is part of a series […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mai Bhago: The Woman Warrior Who Fought for Freedom

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This March, for Women’s History Month, the Ms. Blog is profiling Wonder Women who have made history—and those who are making history right now. Join us each day as we bring you the stories of iconic and soon-to-be-famous feminist change-makers. Women are warriors. We have always been warriors, and we will always be warriors. Today, many of […]

The Weight of a Falling Sky

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The following text (accompanied by photos and videos) is excerpted from “The Weight of a Falling Sky” in the Winter 2015 issue of Ms. In that article, acclaimed author Barbara Kingsolver investigates the impact of climate change on women globally—and the creative ways that women are lifting up their communities. To read more, become a member of the Ms. […]

Happy World Population Day! Sex Ed and Family Planning Means Healthier Women and Children


In 1989, the United Nations Development Programme named July 11 World Population Day—an annual reminder that issues around population lead to aggravated pollution, the overuse of natural resources, water shortages and poverty, among other things. Improving access to family planning education and services is intimately related to addressing overpopulation, but as we celebrate the 25th World […]

“Girl Rising” Makes the Case for Worldwide Girls’ Education

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Only 30 percent of the girls in the world attend secondary school. In developing countries, one in seven girls is married off before age 15, and worldwide girls as young as 11 are forced to work as prostitutes. These harrowing numbers are what drove director Richard Robbins and a team of former ABC News journalists […]

International Planned Parenthood Federation: Still Sexy at 60


On November 29, 1952, a handful of women set out to create a different kind of world. These women—from eight family planning organizations representing the Netherlands, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, West Germany, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States—believed that empowering women to control their own bodies was essential to creating healthy families and sustainable […]