Women peacekeepers are being asked to increase the security for women civilians in conflict zones—yet women peacekeepers are being sexually harassed and assaulted by men in their own militaries. How can the U.N. Security Council stand by its call to troop contributing countries to increase the numbers of women peacekeepers they are deploying, when they can’t keep them safe?
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.
Texas does not provide access to comprehensive sexuality education that would allow young people to make informed choices about sex and their bodies. Then, they take away their ability to make informed choices by limiting access to sexual healthcare services. It is a one-two punch hurting the most vulnerable Texans.
Beginning on October 31, the United Nations will host the U.N. Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP 26) in Glasgow. The conference, which will last until November 12, aims to bring “parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.” But environmental activists say COP26 is lacking adequate representation of voices from the Global South and Indigenous communities.
As leaders from around the world gather in New York for the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly to discuss urgent problems, the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has a message for the United States: New abortion restrictions in Texas violate women’s fundamental rights.
In the wake of the fall of the Afghan government to the Taliban, many in the international community and media have said that efforts in Afghanistan to secure women’s rights and human rights were doomed to fail because of the traditions and culture in my country. This is absolutely the wrong lesson to take away from our experience in Afghanistan. Human rights and women’s rights are not “Western values.”
The Global Women’s Assembly for Climate Justice—a free, virtual, gender-inclusive public forum being held September 25–30, 2021—will assemble over 100 leaders from over 40 countries to encourage governments to increase climate action by examining the root causes of environmental and social injustice, adopting a climate justice framework and providing a diverse array of possible solutions to the climate crisis.
Indigenous women, Black women, women from low-income communities, women with disabilities and women from the Global South bear a significantly heavier burden from the impacts of climate change. So they must be included in the solution.
Remarkably, at last month’s Generation Equality Forum, $40 billion was committed to gender equality. Yet as I scrolled through social media, I realized hardly anyone was talking about the extraordinary commitment and what it meant for funding everything from feminist movements and grassroots groups, to government programs on care infrastructure, to the development of feminist technology, and much more.
At the UN Generation Equality Forum in Paris, stakeholders committed billions of dollars for the advancement of reproductive health and rights around the world. Panelists throughout the event shined light on where the fight for reproductive autonomy needs to go.