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The General Assembly hall at U.N.'s New York headquarters on May 12, 2006. (Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

U.S. Pushes Back Against U.N. Anti-Violence Resolutions

Wary of creeping international law, U.S. diplomats fight a rearguard action to limit the scope of two U.N. resolutions on women and children.

Recording artist Taylor Swift, musician Este Haim, actress Jaime King, producer Harvey Weinstein, and recording artist Lorde attend The Weinstein Company and Netflix's 2015 Golden Globes After Party at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Angela Weiss/Getty Images)

Russians Don’t Understand Why Anyone Is Upset With ‘Girl Crazy’ Weinstein

In Putin’s Russia, discussion of sexual harassment and domestic violence are largely taboo.

A Saudi woman drives her car along a street in the Saudi coastal city of Jeddah, on September 27, 2017. 
Saudi Arabia will allow women to drive from next June, state media said on September 26, 2017 in a historic decision that makes the Gulf kingdom the last country in the world to permit women behind the wheel.  / AFP PHOTO / REEM BAESHEN        (Photo credit should read REEM BAESHEN/AFP/Getty Images)

The King Hands Over the Car Keys

How Saudi women finally grabbed the wheel from the country's religious conservatives.

A Saudi woman gets into a taxi at a mall in Riyadh as a grassroots campaign planned to call for an end to the driving ban for women in Saudi Arabia on October 26, 2014. Amnesty International is calling on the Saudi Arabian authorities to respect the right of women to defy the ban by driving this weekend and to end the harassment of supporters of the campaign.    AFP PHOTO/FAYEZ NURELDINE        (Photo credit should read FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)

Saudi Women Can Drive, But It’s Not a Feminist Paradise Quite Yet

The country may have lifted its driving ban, but it still has a long way to go.

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The Marines United scandal should be seen as a national security issue

The degradation of women in the military reflected by the Marines United scandal is not just a women’s rights issue but a national security concern.

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 27:  Ivanka Trump, daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump, from right, Jessica Johnson, president of Johnson Security Bureau Inc., President Trump and Dyan Gibbens, founder and chief executive officer of Trumbull Unmanned, attend a meeting with women small business owners in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on March 27, 2017 in Washington, D.C.  Investors on Monday further unwound trades initiated in November resting on the idea that the election of Trump and a Republican Congress meant smooth passage of an agenda that featured business-friendly tax cuts and regulatory changes. (Photo by  Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)

Donald Trump’s Presidency Is an Assault on Women

Don’t be fooled by talk of women's empowerment. His white, male, chauvinistic administration is setting equality back decades — and making the world a more dangerous place.

Thousands of women Pro-Choice protesters on Debnicki Square, in Krakow, during a 'Black protest'. Women nationwide strike took place all around the country and it is the response against the proposed tightening of the law on abortion in Poland. Polish women are demanding respect for their right to free choice and the freedom to decide about their own bodies and lives.
On Monday, 3 October 2016, in Krakow, Poland. (Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Can Women Really Revolutionize Politics With Protest?

From Poland’s “Black Monday” strike to women shedding the compulsory hijab on social media, there is power in sisterhood and solidarity.

MANDO, Ghana: Students stand in front of a chalkboard where a diagram has been drawn showing how to use a female condom. At the local Methodist high school in Mando, a sexual health club meets weekly, and students are grilled on how to use a condom, the difference between short-acting contraceptives like pills and long-acting ones like IUDs, and why abstinence is the only 100 percent way to prevent pregnancy. 

The past decade has brought significant progress in making abortion safer and more accessible across Ghana, coming hand in hand with a marked uptick in contraception use and easier access to family planning measures than ever before. Abortion remains stigmatized, taboo, and often clandestine, but in big cities, if not quite yet in the country’s more rural reaches, it is slowly being talked about more openly, and women are better able to get safe procedures. But that progress may have just hit a wall, in the form of an American president bowing to domestic anti-abortion forces and implementing restrictive policies that will cut off U.S. aid to any foreign organization that so much as talks about abortion. This new policy, an executive memorandum known alternately as the Global Gag Rule or the Mexico City Policy and signed by President Donald Trump on his fourth day in office, yanks any foreign aid whatsoever -- including money that pays for contraception, safe pregnancy and delivery, childhood vaccinations, and treatment of HIV/AIDS, malaria, Ebola, or other infectious diseases -- from organizations abroad that offer abortions with their own non-U.S. money, refer their clients for safe, legal abortions, or advocate for abortion rights in their own countries. (Photo by Nichole Sobecki)

The Global Gag Rule: America’s Deadly Export

The policy that plucks U.S. dollars from any international health care initiative tied to abortion has been reinstated by President Trump — and a lot of African women are going to die as a result.

COLOGNE, GERMANY - JANUARY 09:  A flashmob gather in front of Hauptbahnhof main railway station to protest against the New Year's Eve sex attacks on January 9, 2016 in Cologne, Germany. Over 100 women have filed charges of sexual molestation, robbery and in two cases, rape, stemming from aggressive groping and other behavior by gangs of drunken men described as Arab or North African at Hauptbahnhof on New Year's Eve. Police have recently stated that at least some of the men identified so far are refugees, which is feeding the propaganda of right-wing groups opposed to Germany's open-door refugee policy. Germany took in approximately 1.1 million migrants and refugees in 2015.  (Photo by Sascha Schuermann/Getty Images)

The Rapist’s Loophole: Marriage

Where — and how — legal systems around the world permit violence against women.

People hold signs during a demonstration for International Women's Day in Paris on March 8, 2017.  / AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS        (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

The Enduring Darkness of International Women’s Day

Women have gotten screwed for millennia, and that’s not a legacy that can be shaken off in a few short decades.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - JANUARY 21:  Demonstrators make their way from the iamsterdam statue in front of the Rijksmuseum towards US Consulate during the Women's March held at Museumplein on January 21, 2017 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  The Women's March originated in Washington DC but soon spread to be a global march calling on all concerned citizens to stand up for equality, diversity and inclusion and for women's rights to be recognised around the world as human rights. Global marches are now being held, on the same day, across seven continents.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

After Trump Bans Abortion Funding, Dutch to Help Plug the Gap

If America reels back global support for women’s healthcare, can other countries pick up the slack?

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The Women’s March Heard Round the World

A round-up of marches and reactions from Women’s March events around the world.

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Russian Lawmakers Come Closer to Decriminalizing Domestic Violence

The Russian Orthodox Church believes corporal punishment can be "an essential right given by God." Soon it may be given by the Russian government.

US Secretary of State John Kerry addresses the African Growth and Opportunity Act(AGOA) August 4, 2014 during the US-Africa Summit at the World Bank in Washington, DC.AFP PHOTO / Karen BLEIER        (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

The U.S. Finally Did Something Right in Africa — and It’s About to Stop

Lesotho's women have benefited from a trade deal that’s now at risk because of the country’s male politicians.

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8 Reasons for the U.N.’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

The days should be a nice but ultimately unnecessary symbol. They are not.

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