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The Other Women’s Movement

They voted for Donald Trump. Their European sisters are supporting nationalist movements of their own. And they’re not who you think they are.

Nuria Gollo, the head of the Women Advocacy and Development Organization in Marsabit, poses for a portrait on her community's sacred land in northern Kenya. Research shows that over 90% of women in Marsabit county have suffered female genital mutiliation. Despite the practice being outlawed in 2008, it is still carried out in secret among many local communities.

Guardian of the Girl-Child

In a Kenyan town, one woman seeks justice for victims of sexual violence neglected by an inept government and overburdened police force. To those in her community she is a meddler, avenger, and last resort. For the women she helps, she is nothing less than a savior.

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Nevertheless, Her Majesty Persisted

An oppressive era and the demands of motherhood never kept Queen Victoria from embracing public power and enjoying private satisfaction.

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.

Nuria Gollo, the head of the Women Advocacy and Development Organization in Marsabit, poses for a portrait on her community's sacred land in northern Kenya. Research shows that over 90% of women in Marsabit county have suffered female genital mutiliation. Despite the practice being outlawed in 2008, it is still carried out in secret among many local communities.

Guardian of the Girl-Child

In a Kenyan town, one woman seeks justice for victims of sexual violence neglected by an inept government and overburdened police force. To those in her community she is a meddler, avenger, and last resort. For the women she helps, she is nothing less than a savior.

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The Multibillion-Dollar U.S. Spy Agency You Haven’t Heard of

How President Trump might turn an all-seeing spy apparatus on innocent American citizens.

A young girl looks at a star gazing app on an ipad during the partial solar eclipse at Hatch Warren near Basingstoke, southwest of London on March 20, 2015. The Basingstoke Astronomical Society held an informal meeting where people could look through different telescopes at the eclipse. However, the skies over Basingstoke were cloudy and the solar eclipse was not visible although it got noticeably darker. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS        (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Gender Hack

The dearth of women in the tech world is cultural — and therefore entirely reversible.

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The Syrian Refugees Coming Home to Armenia

A century ago, they fled to escape the genocide in the collapsing Ottoman Empire. Now these ethnically Armenian Syrians are trying to make a new home in their old country.

Things That They Carried

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The Refugee Puppeteer

Inside Zaatari Camp, one volunteer is on a mission to help war-weary children overcome their disabilities and fears with theater.

The Exchange

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.

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Advice From Pussy Riot: How to Defy Putin and Trump

What the Russian and U.S. presidents have in common and how to defeat “all those other assholes just like them.”

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