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Why Does the U.S. Rank 22nd Globally on Women’s Wellbeing?

The U.S. ranks 22nd out of 153 countries in terms of women’s wellbeing, according to a new global index prepared by Georgetown University’s Institute …

Gender

Remembering women killed fighting for human rights in 2017

To mark International Women Human Rights Defenders’ Day, we pay tribute to some of the women killed this year because of their activism<p>More than half of the women cited in AWID’s 2017 tribute to female activists were murdered for defending their rights. Among the women killed are those who fought …

Latin America

'We, Too, Are Survivors.' 223 Women in National Security Sign Open Letter on Sexual Harassment

More than 200 women who work on national security for the U.S. signed an open letter saying that they have survived sexual harassment and assault or …

Government

U.N. plan strengthens women's role in climate action

<b>* Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.</b><p>Climate policies must not be gender-blind, as …

Climate

Sweden’s Proponent of ‘Feminist Foreign Policy,’ Shaped by Abuse

STOCKHOLM — More than three decades ago, in a town in Sweden, a man grabbed his girlfriend by the hair and threw her against a wardrobe door with such force that a clump of hair came off in his hand.<p>She was in her early 20s, a rising activist in the Social Democratic Party. Later, when she broke …

Sweden

Federal law enforcement has a woman problem

Police agencies are the most male-dominated part of the federal government — and that undermines their mission.<p>Despite expanding rapidly over the past two decades, federal law enforcement agencies remain almost as male-dominated as they were during the Clinton administration, according to a new …

Law Enforcement

Sexism on America’s Front Lines

Six top national security pros sound off about an adversary closer to home: piggish men.<p><i>Subscribe to The Global POLITICO on Apple Podcasts here. | Subscribe via Stitcher here.</i><p>Laura Rosenberger remembers telling a senior State Department official that she was going on a beach vacation. He responded …

Foreign Policy

A New Index Rates the Well-Being of Women in 153 Nations and US Ranks 22d

<i>A new index from Georgetown University measures the well-being of women in 153 nations based on internationally recognized data. Here, a</i> …

António Guterres

Boko Haram strapped suicide bombs to them. Somehow these teenage girls survived.

The New York Times interviewed 18 girls who were captured by militants in Nigeria and sent into crowds to blow themselves up. Here are their stories.

Nigeria

New US law gives women a crucial role to play in mitigating conflicts

Conflicts rage across the world from Afghanistan to Ukraine to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, exacting devastating human tolls of death, …

Liberia: President Ellen Johnson Launches Liberia-2017 Women Situation Room

Monrovia — President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has launched the Women Situation Room (WSR) in Liberia with thanks and appreciation to all Liberians …

Kashmir 'mass rape' survivors fight for justice

<b>More than 26 years ago, Indian soldiers allegedly raped more than 30 women in the Kashmiri villages of Kunan and Poshpora. Those who survived the attack are still fighting for justice, as Aliya Nazki from BBC Urdu reports.</b><p>It was 23 February 1991. The people of Kunan, a tiny village in Indian …

Pakistan

Liberia’s Women Warn Male Presidential Candidates: Keep the Peace

MONROVIA, Liberia — On the eve of a presidential election that will almost certainly return male rule to Liberia after 12 years, women delivered a warning.<p>By the hundreds they came on Monday, streaming through the mud and gathering on a grassy field in the Airfield Junction neighborhood, across the …

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Rape is an instrument of war in Central African Republic conflict, finds study

Survivor testimony points to widespread use of sexual slavery and violence by warring factions, with women affected unable to access healthcare or support<p>Rape and sexual slavery have been used as weapons of war across Central Africa Republic, with armed groups carrying out brutal attacks with …

Africa

Attacks on Tunisia’s transitional justice process threaten women’s advancement

Continued attacks on the transitional justice process in Tunisia will weaken the gains made by women, and prevent an inclusive transition to …

Justice

Pope Francis appeals for reconciliation in war-scarred Colombia

BOGOTA, Colombia — Pope Francis on Thursday pressed a message of reconciliation as he began a five-day trip through Colombia, a country scarred by more than 50 years of internecine conflict and struggling to implement a fresh accord with Marxist rebels.<p>In his Chevrolet popemobile Thursday …

Christianity

Lucia Topolansky is Uruguay's first female vice president

<b>Lucia Topolansky, senator and wife of ex-President Jose Mujica, has become Uruguay's first female vice-president.</b><p>Ms Topolansky took over after the resignation of Jose Sendic amid corruption allegations.<p>A former left-wing guerrilla like her husband, she escaped prison, spent 13 years in jail, and …

Uruguay

How cooperatives help ensure Indonesian women don't get left behind

July 1 is the International Day of the Cooperative, recognized by the United Nations. This year’s theme is inclusion.<p>Women working in Indonesia’s …

Cooperatives

Women and Girls at Risk in the Rohingya Refugee Crisis

Voices from the Field features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development …

Taking Women, Peace and Security to the Next Level in Africa - IDN-InDepthNews | Analysis That Matters

By UN Women<p>UNITED NATIONS (IDN-INPS) - African advocates, pioneers, and thought leaders of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, together with the …

Anger in Singapore as first female president is elected without a vote

Halimah Yacob did not have to face an election after authorities decided her rivals did not meet strict eligibility criteria<p>An establishment stalwart has been named Singapore’s first female president but the milestone was overshadowed by criticism that her selection was undemocratic after she was …

Asia

A Nobel Peace Prize Winner’s Shame

Aung San Suu Kyi, a beloved Nobel Peace Prize winner, is presiding over an ethnic cleansing in Myanmar.

Aung San Suu Kyi

Yanghee Lee: Aung San Suu Kyi ‘needs to show leadership’ over Rohingyas

Yanghee Lee, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar, reacts to the reports coming out of the country.

Aung San Suu Kyi

Beware the Women of ISIS: There Are Many, and They May Be More Dangerous Than the Men

This report from the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism raises frightening questions about women returning from the …

Islamic State (ISIS)

As the caliphate crumbles, Taliban steals ISIS' tactics to target women

<b>(CNN) —</b> A glossy women's magazine has hit virtual newsstands, its front cover splashed with the image of a woman, veiled from head to toe, walking off into a yellow-hued desert.<p>But, unlike other fashion or beauty publications, this one has a niche audience in mind: would-be female jihadists.<p>The …

Islamic State (ISIS)

These women want to fix cybersecurity’s massive gender gap

After years of uncomfortable interactions at the world's largest hacker gathering, these women are making their own opportunities.<p>Last year, Leigh Honeywell got a stark reminder of why she stopped going to the Defcon hacker convention.<p>The security expert, whose background at companies like …

Caesars Palace

A New Tune on Women’s Rights in the Arab World

LONDON — “I want to tell you something, so listen to what I say. When a man is talking, a woman should obey. She shouldn’t say ‘yes’ and then forget the next day. She should appreciate his value if she wants him to stay.”<p>So goes the title track of “The Man,” a new album by the Egyptian singer Ramy …

Gender

UN Chief Asks All Nations to Sign New Pact Protecting Women

<i>A member of the all-female Bangladeshi police unit, preparing to leave the UN mission in Haiti as it closes. A new UN compact with countries</i> …

Rights & Freedoms

A Seat at the Table: The Evolving Role of Afghan Women Peacebuilders

In Afghanistan, many women help resolve conflicts and promote peace on a grassroots level. However, only a few women have held peacebuilding roles at …

Hamid Karzai

Investing in women key to sustainable peace in DR Congo and Nigeria – UN deputy chief

10 August 2017 – Investing in women and girls must be central to global efforts towards sustainable peace and development in both Nigeria and the …

Africa