“I lost everything in one day,” Layla, who fled Saudi Arabia, says a few months later outside a refugee settlement in Germany. Her voice trembles with still-raw fear. “But only one thing mattered: For the first time, I was free.”
“The fear for us is not new. We have always been scared.”
Participants and speakers at the UN Women U.S. National Committee Los Angeles chapter’s General Assembly were asked one question when the event began: When was the first time you felt displaced?
“When the peace talks were declared after the ceasefires, we asked the question: Where are the women? Because we knew that, as activists, we had existed—and, had we not been around, the war would have been much worse.”
Despite signing the bipartisan Women, Peace, and Security Act to “increase women’s participation in negotiation and mediation processes”—by the looks of Trump’s Monday meeting with leaders from Pakistan, it seems he has completely ignored an act he himself signed into law.
“People say the U.S. Congress is dysfunctional,” Eleanor Smeal, Feminist Majority Foundation president and publisher of Ms., points out, “but not for a moment would we think of turning over the country to terrorists—and neither would the Afghans.”
The need for women’s leadership is ever more pressing when it comes to the climate crisis. Here’s why they should step up—and how you can help.
In this fight, women everywhere lose. But those unable to access the health care they need—including safe abortion services—are paying the highest price.
There is no medical necessity to menstruate every month. In fact, some health experts believe we may be healthier without them.
Nearly 80 organizations in a broad and diverse coalition have released a proactive policy agenda to advance sexual and reproductive health in the U.S. and around the world.