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Afghan women wait in front of a bank office in Kabul.
Afghan women wait in front of a bank office in Kabul.

‘Afghan Women’ Aren’t Who You Think They Are

Western powers and donors created a category that consigned the women of Afghanistan to perpetual victimhood—while all parties instrumentalized them for political ends.

Tafsir Siyaposh visits a friend in Kabul to discuss what can be done about the current situation of women in Afghanistan on June 2.
Tafsir Siyaposh visits a friend in Kabul to discuss what can be done about the current situation of women in Afghanistan on June 2.

Meet the Woman Who Makes the Taliban Squirm

Tafsir Siyaposh has spent the past year pressing the Taliban on women’s rights by besting them at their own theological jousts on live television.

Women wearing burqas in Kabul
Women wearing burqas in Kabul

Afghan Women Are Worse Off Than Ever

A new Amnesty report lays out the Taliban playbook for erasing half the population: electrocutions, beatings, detentions, and disappearances.

Cuban singer Dianelys Alfonso
Cuban singer Dianelys Alfonso

Cuba’s Music Industry Is Having a #MeToo Moment

Alleged assaults by musicians have sparked a larger conversation on gender violence in the country.

Women with skull face paint stand with cardboard images of tombstones in front of their chests.
Women with skull face paint stand with cardboard images of tombstones in front of their chests.

Inside Brazil’s Abortion Pill Black Market

In a country where one woman dies every two days from a botched abortion, the internet is sometimes the only option.

Abortion rights activists react to the Dobbs ruling outside the U.S. Supreme Court.
Abortion rights activists react to the Dobbs ruling outside the U.S. Supreme Court.

Roe Reversal Exposes the ‘Ever-Growing Value Gap’ Between U.S. and Allies

The decision is part of a broader trend of domestic dysfunction that undermines U.S. President Joe Biden’s democracy agenda.

Abortion rights protesters gather at the U.S. Supreme Court to denounce the court's decision to end federal abortion rights protections in Washington on June 26.
Abortion rights protesters gather at the U.S. Supreme Court to denounce the court's decision to end federal abortion rights protections in Washington on June 26.

Is Pinkwashing the Future of Post-Roe America?

Global anti-abortion activists have waved off criticism by pointing to their support for LGBTQ rights. But U.S. conservatives may be too extreme for that tactic.

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Abortion-Roe-Worldwide-foreign-policy-infographic-homepage

Roe Abolition Makes U.S. a Global Outlier

Almost 50 years ago, the United States liberalized abortion laws, and the world followed suit. Today, it joins Iran, North Korea, and Russia in rolling back reproductive rights.

A man uses a bottle to feed his newborn baby.
A man uses a bottle to feed his newborn baby.

Baby Formula Marketing Practices Are Still Too Aggressive

While American mothers can’t find enough formula, a new WHO report details why parents are getting too much in other parts of the world.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame (front, seventh left) poses for a photograph with 80 new members of the Rwandan Parliament in Kigali, Rwanda, on Sept. 19, 2018.
Rwandan President Paul Kagame (front, seventh left) poses for a photograph with 80 new members of the Rwandan Parliament in Kigali, Rwanda, on Sept. 19, 2018.

How Autocrats Use Women’s Rights to Boost Themselves

Automatically bundling equality and democracy has led to the rise of “genderwashing.”

Yahya, an Afghan who identifies as gay and a non-conforming person, poses during an interview at an undisclosed location on September 28, 2021.
Yahya, an Afghan who identifies as gay and a non-conforming person, poses during an interview at an undisclosed location on September 28, 2021.

What the Taliban Mean for Queer Afghans

In the absence of Western support, their lives are in danger as they struggle to flee. 

Women and children from Ukraine, including a mother carrying an infant, arrive at the Medyka border crossing near Medyka, Poland, on March 4.
Women and children from Ukraine, including a mother carrying an infant, arrive at the Medyka border crossing near Medyka, Poland, on March 4.

The Problem With Coverage of Women in War

Stereotypes “permit and exacerbate conflict,” experts say.

Girls attend class in Afghanistan.
Girls attend class in Afghanistan.

Taliban Reversal on Girls’ Education Ignites World’s Anger

The sudden about-face could undercut the Taliban’s hopes for international recognition.

Vendors work at a market in Kabul.
Vendors work at a market in Kabul.

As the World Watches Ukraine, Afghanistan Goes Full Taliban

The Taliban are using detentions, repression, censorship, and killings to tighten their grip on power.

A woman wears face paint in the colors of the Ukrainian flag while protesting against the Russian invasion of Ukraine in front of Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on Feb. 24.
A woman wears face paint in the colors of the Ukrainian flag while protesting against the Russian invasion of Ukraine in front of Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on Feb. 24.

Ukrainian Women on the Front Lines but Not in the Headlines

Ukrainian women are at the center of the war—but too often at the margins of public imagination.

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