What Women Want: Respectful Care and an End to Obstetric Fistula in Uganda

The What Women Want campaign has provided EngenderHealth Uganda with an opportunity to get first-hand information about the women’s priority concerns regarding sexual and reproductive health and rights. From their responses, we’ve learned they fundamentally want their rights respected and to have healthy reproductive lives.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is Zooming in on Women’s Global Economic Empowerment

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has crafted their first-ever Gender Strategy—committing $170 million dollars to programming in Kenya, India, Uganda and Tanzania advancing women’s economic empowerment. Ms. caught up with Sarah Hendricks, the foundation’s Gender Equality Director, to discuss this concentrated approach—and how true financial independence allows women to move themselves and their communities forward.

Chilean Feminist Politician Michelle Bachelet Assumes Post as UN Human Rights Chief

Michelle Bachelet—the boundary-breaking former president of Chile, under-secretary general of the United Nations and executive director of UN Women—is now stepping into a new role in the world of global politics as the UN’s high commissioner for human rights. 

Creating Safe Spaces for Girls in Rural Niger

Seventy-six percent of girls in Niger are married before the age of 18.  Only 14 percent are enrolled in secondary school. Together, these two stark statistics shed immense light on the conditions shaping the lives of girls in the nation—and provide a blueprint for how to empower them.

Telling the Stories That Need Me: On Meeting and Making Máxima

Making a film about Máxima Acuña Atalaya—one of the most talked about and emblematic characters in Peru—made me realize why the stories I told truly mattered.

Inside the Feminist Campaign to Make Misogyny a Hate Crime in the UK

When surveyed, a poll by Nottingham Trent University found that 93.7 percent of respondents had experienced or street harassment. When the Nottingham police began accepting reports of misogynistic actions as hate crimes, the number of reports skyrocketed.

Women in Congress are Calling on the Trump Administration to Fight for Imprisoned Saudi Arabian Feminists

Over the last few months, the Saudi Arabian government has imprisoned about 15 prominent feminist activists, most of whom led the fight to end the country’s driving ban. On Wednesday, Reps. Lois Frankel and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen released a formal letter urging Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to fight for their release. 

How Women Changed the Fate of Cheran

Amidst unstable political conditions and an increase in gang-related crimes across the country, the women of Cheran staged an uprising.

Somos Ruidosas: Meet the Feminists Fighting for Gender Equality in the Latin American Music Industry

The feminine “ruidosa” means “noisy” in Spanish—and the feminist collective of the same name is earning its stripes by ringing the alarm about sexism in the Latinx music scene.

This Week in Women: Calling Out Sex Abuse in the Church and the Classroom

It’s hard to believe that sexual asceticism and celibacy rules have nothing to do with what’s going on in the Church—along with a perverted male toxicity whose outlet isn’t in machismo, but rather shame, deviance and exploitation.

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