Addressing the Fragile Limits of Female Autonomy

Jan 27, 2021

On October 22, 2020, the United States co-sponsored a Geneva Consensus Declaration on Promoting Women’s Health and Strengthening the Family. However, despite its name, this declaration states that “in no case should abortion be promoted as a method of family planning.” While it doesn’t...

What Makes Women Such Easy Targets for Violence?
Dec 11, 2020

What Makes Women Such Easy Targets for Violence?

Amidst the Pandemic, Central and Eastern Europe Witnesses an Erosion of Democracy
Dec 10, 2020

Amidst the Pandemic, Central and Eastern Europe Witnesses an Erosion of Democracy

Around the World, Femicide Is on the Rise
Dec 07, 2020

Around the World, Femicide Is on the Rise

Women Become Collateral Damage in COVID-19 Pandemic

Women Become Collateral Damage in COVID-19 Pandemic

Dec 01, 2020

Mao Zedong once stated that “Women hold up half the sky.” This has been particularly true over the past months with COVID-19 wreaking havoc across the globe. In fact, it is legitimate to claim that during the pandemic, women have held up significantly more than their share of the sky. Anyone...

Inequality Is a Barrier to Peace in Colombia

Inequality Is a Barrier to Peace in Colombia

Nov 30, 2020

Cartagena’s city center is a vibrant and colorful area full of international visitors. However, the outskirts paint a different story. Here, the invasiones, the shanty towns that surround the main city, are ridden with poverty. The effects of inequality stem beyond economic concerns as...

Saudi Arabia’s Mission to Correct “Distorted Narrative”

Saudi Arabia’s Mission to Correct “Distorted Narrative”

Nov 23, 2020

The virtual G20 Leaders’ Summit hosted by Saudi Arabia this past weekend was intended to be a moment of triumph for Riyadh and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. It was the first time an Arab state has hosted the gathering, which represented a golden opportunity to flaunt on the global stage the...

Mexico’s Cuts to Services Put Women at Risk

Mexico’s Cuts to Services Put Women at Risk

Nov 16, 2020

Despite incidents of gender-based violence spiraling in Mexico since the introduction of COVID-19 lockdown measures in April 2020, the Mexican government slashed funding to women’s services in August as part of an emergency decree that redirected money to programs it deemed a...

Trans and Non-Binary Voters Face Disenfranchisement in US Election

Trans and Non-Binary Voters Face Disenfranchisement in US Election

Oct 21, 2020

In the United States, trans and non-binary people's voting rights are under threat from strict photo ID laws or harassment at polling stations. As November 3 approaches, the impact of such restrictions looms large for the status of the country’s democracy. To have credible democratic elections,...

Femicide Continues to Plague Mexico

Femicide Continues to Plague Mexico

Oct 19, 2020

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) won the 2018 election on a campaign of combating the underlying causes of the social ailments impacting Mexican society. He vowed to fight violence and narcotics trafficking by eliminating its root cause, poverty. His plan was summarized by his tagline,...

Not Even a Pandemic Can Halt the War on Women’s Rights

Not Even a Pandemic Can Halt the War on Women’s Rights

Oct 15, 2020

In 1994, the United Nations coordinated the first International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), which resulted in the Programme of Action that formally recognized the right to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights (SRHR), including the right to safe abortion...

No Place for Naivety in Afghan Peace Talks

No Place for Naivety in Afghan Peace Talks

Oct 01, 2020

In recent years, there has been widespread talk in the media about how much the Taliban has changed. First, it has been argued that the Taliban’s ideological view has been adjusted, which created the impression that the armed group no longer has a problem with human rights or gender equality....

The Time to End Sex Discrimination

The Time to End Sex Discrimination

Sep 30, 2020

In human rights circles, there are few more important events than the annual opening of the new session of the United Nations General Assembly. Critically, the high-profile event brings together governments, UN agencies and civil society actors, fostering cross-sector collaboration and providing...

America’s War on Abortion

America’s War on Abortion

Sep 23, 2020

Despite the World Health Organization (WHO) releasing a statement earlier this year articulating that, “services related to reproductive health are considered to be part of essential services during the COVID-19 outbreak,” legislators in some US states have been making relentless efforts to...

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