The girl who came to the rural health center in Jocotán was only 13. I cannot forget her face. Her eyes were wide with terror and shame. Her voice trembled when she finally got up the nerve to speak, and then she collapsed, crying. She was pregnant. She had no idea how it had happened. It seems incredible, but nobody had ever explained to her how her body worked.
Zainab Salbi, the founder of Women for Women International, has dedicated her life to fighting for women’s rights worldwide. She talked to Ms. after receiving the prestigious Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal about her life’s work and what’s next.
“On the ashes of the battle against the physical territory of the Islamic State, they launched an unlikely political experiment in which women play a leading role in all political bodies. And all this while almost no one outside its borders was taking note.”
Hajer Mansoor and Medina Ali are both currently being held in the Isa Town Female Detention Centre. These are their stories—in their own words.
Ms. looks inside the growing effort to halt witch burnings in Papua New Guinea.
The theme for this year’s TEDWomen is “Bold + Brilliant,” setting the bar high for our curatorial team to search for the world’s best, brightest—and yes, most daring—leaders, pioneers, activists and entrepreneurs.
“No one is going to hear you in this place,” sneered one of the men, who introduced himself as ‘the torturer.’ “No one can protect you here, not the Human Rights Council or any other organization. You know we have a green light from Trump, right?”
Pro-Turkey militants reportedly killed nine unarmed Kurdish civilians this weekend—including Hevrin Khalaf, the Future Syria Party’s secretary-general.
It’s International Day of the Girl. Members of Congress should celebrate by passing the Keeping Girls in School Act.
On Friday, Clinton and Georgetown President John J. DeGioia presented awards to three women who are powerful voices for human rights in their international and local positions.