Ms. Global: Women and Girls Left Vulnerable in Afghanistan; Two Natural Disasters Hitting Haiti; Moldova’s New Female Prime Minister

The U.S. ranks as the 19th most dangerous country for women, 11th in maternal mortality, 30th in closing the gender pay gap, 75th in women’s political representation, and painfully lacks paid family leave and equal access to health care. But Ms. has always understood: Feminist movements around the world hold answers to some of the U.S.’s most intractable problems. Ms. Global is taking note of feminists worldwide.

What Is Rightfully Hers: Women’s Land and Property Rights in East Africa

Between 70 and 90 percent of all wealth in Africa is generated through land; however, less than 10 percent of the continent is owned by women.

The International Center for Research on Women’s course, “Securing Your Family’s Future,” teaches adult men the importance of women’s access to, use of, ownership of, control of and decision-making around land. 

Why Vaccine Equity is a Feminist Issue

Currently, 81 percent of vaccine doses have gone to wealthier countries, while less than 3 percent have gone to low-income ones. On our current course, most low-income countries will have to wait until 2023 for widespread access.

That whole time, the economic, education, health and social devastation to women and girls will get worse and more entrenched.

Can the U.S. Meet the Humanitarian Challenges of Its Own Making?

With humanitarian crises in Afghanistan, Haiti and at the border, the U.S. must reassess what kind of lasting policy changes would prepare us to protect refugees and other vulnerable people in need around the world.

There must be more measures that allow for temporary and permanent protection within the country, more deliberate and sustained efforts to promote good government and economic opportunity internationally and a commitment to address the regional ebb and flow of migration to the U.S.

Feminist Leaders Implore Biden-Harris Administration: Don’t Abandon Afghan Women and Girls

In a letter signed by almost 100 signatories, feminist leaders and advocates are urging the Biden-Harris administration “not to agree to a deal that includes recognition and support of a Taliban regime” and that “any deal by the United States that would include recognition and support of the Taliban regime would be a reversal of U.S. commitments that were made …” and would undermine the administration’s commitments to human rights globally.