What Lies Behind Turkey’s Withdrawal From the Istanbul Convention?

Apr 06, 2021

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a decree in the early hours of March 20 withdrawing Turkey from the Council of Europe treaty — dubbed the Istanbul Convention — on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. The convention sets comprehensive standards...

The Legacy of Elizabeth Taylor
Mar 19, 2021

The Legacy of Elizabeth Taylor

What Meghan Markle Failed to Understand About the British Monarchy
Mar 16, 2021

What Meghan Markle Failed to Understand About the British Monarchy

Violence Against Women in Mexico Rises
Mar 09, 2021

Violence Against Women in Mexico Rises

Harry and Meghan: In Pursuit of Wealth and Luxury

Harry and Meghan: In Pursuit of Wealth and Luxury

Mar 02, 2021

"We all know what the British press can be like and it was destroying my mental health," Prince Harry said in a recent interview for "The Late Late Show With James Corden." Was he kidding? Destroying his mental health? How exactly? By expressing opinions on his behavior? Or deciding whether he has...

Addressing the Fragile Limits of Female Autonomy

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...

Angela Merkel: A Retrospective

Angela Merkel: A Retrospective

Jan 21, 2021

Americans like to rate their presidents. In fact, presidential rankings have become something of a cottage industry in political science, ever since the eminent Harvard historian Arthur Schlesinger Sr. started the tradition in the late 1940s. In Germany, we don’t do that, at least not in a...

What Makes Women Such Easy Targets for Violence?

What Makes Women Such Easy Targets for Violence?

Dec 11, 2020

Last year, a report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimated that of the 87,000 women who were intentionally killed in 2017 around the world, more than half — 50,000 — were murdered by intimate partners or family members, mostly in their homes. According to official...

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

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

Dec 10, 2020

Nearly a year since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, its effects on people’s lives, countries’ economies and health care around the world are becoming clearer. In some Central and Eastern European countries, however, this pandemic has had repercussions in another crucial area: democracy....

Around the World, Femicide Is on the Rise

Around the World, Femicide Is on the Rise

Dec 07, 2020

The remains of Pinar Gültekin were found in the woodlands in Turkey’s Mugla province on July 21. The 27-year-old economics student was strangled to death in a fit of rage by her ex-boyfriend, who then burned her body. One of many tragic and preventable deaths, Gültekin’s murder sparked...

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...

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...

Talking About FGM: How a Novel Made Me Braver

Talking About FGM: How a Novel Made Me Braver

Nov 20, 2020

For an entire year before my novel’s publication date, I braced myself. I’ve never felt this way about a new novel’s birth. But “Seven” — about Sharifa, a 40-year-old woman who returns to India on a marriage-saving trip to research a revered ancestor — was different. Folded into...

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...

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