The importance of gender in politics and policy-making came to the front this week—in the U.S. and around the world.
An Islamist in Mali is being tried by the International Criminal Court in a “groundbreaking case” for forcing hundreds of women into sexual slavery. Meanwhile, Trump is going the other direction.
Where domestic violence and violence against police intersect, India’s “acute national shame” over a muted response to rape and a staggering number of sexual assault complaints from immigrant detainees made headlines this week.
Once again, control of and concern for women’s sexuality played a central role in a major news story this week—but more as a political football than as an issue of true value in and of itself.
Donald Trump approved the largest U.S. military budget in history. Russia is ramping up their own arsenal and diplomats are disappearing. But around the world, women are still fighting for peace and security.
A delegation from Saudi Arabia was greeted by the president and White House staff for a meeting that didn’t include a single woman on either side. Vermont is now the only state that has never sent a woman to Congress. And in Russia, journalists joined a boycott after a government ethics commission ruled in favor of a high-ranking lawmaker accused of sexual harassment by three female reporters.
Women’s voices broke through on International Women’s Day. Let’s make the day after just as empowering.
The fight against violence goes on across the globe—and advocates are talking back to the Trump administration about women’s rights and human rights. Also inside: some questions on media diversity, and some ideas for how we can improve it.
It’s time to close the “boyfriend loophole,” bring women to peace tables in Syria and stop erasing women’s rights from human rights.
It’s only the fifth day of the year, and we’re starting strong.