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Activists rally for women’s rights during a march to honor International Woman’s Day in Washington, D.C., on March 8, 2017.

What the G-7 Got Right—and Wrong—About Gender Equality

When the United States takes the helm of the group next year, it will have an opportunity to do even better.

Young Indian women walk past a billboard in New Delhi encouraging the birth of girls on July 9, 2010.

A Generation of Girls Is Missing in India

Sex-selective abortion fuels a cycle of patriarchy and abuse.

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Britain Is Making Sexual Harassment a Hate Crime

A shift in how police departments handle complaints about men could save the lives of countless women.

G7 leaders pose for a photo during the G7 summit in Sicily on May 26, 2017.

U.S. Quietly Waters Down Another Communique on Gender Equality

This time it’s a G-7 joint statement ahead of a meeting of national leaders in August.

Romanian orphans in a Bucharest orphanage shortly after the December Revolution in 1989.

What Actually Happens When a Country Bans Abortion

Romania under Ceausescu created a dystopian horror of overcrowded, filthy orphanages, and thousands died from back-alley abortions.

Ivanka Trump visits a cocoa cooperative in Ivory Coast during the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) West Africa Regional Summit in Abidjan on Apr. 17.

The White House Won’t Empower Women. Sudan’s Protests Will.

From Khartoum to Warsaw, demonstrators are demanding basic equality while the Trump administration wages a war on women’s rights.

Odette Sansom served as a courier spy in Britain’s Special Operations Executive during World War II. (PA Images via Getty Images)

Writing Women at War

A slate of new releases reexamine gender in conflict.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó speaks to the press in Caracas on Jan. 31. (Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images)

Our Best Weekend Reads

Inside the U.S. decision to get behind Congo’s election and how the United States failed Afghan women.

A Kashmiri student holds a placard during a protest rally against the rape and murder of 8-year-old Asifa Bano in Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir, on April 16. (Saqib Majeed/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Changing Global Gender Norms Is Possible

What India can show the United States about how to disrupt rape culture.

Rescuers work among the rubble after the bombing U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya on Aug. 7, 1998. (AFP/Getty Images)

The Bombings the World Forgot 

On the podcast: Ambassador Prudence Bushnell survived the 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Kenya. Now she tells her story.

Masih Alinejad outside her home in New York in May. (Jesse Dittmar for Foreign Policy)

The Woman Who Defied Iran

On the podcast: Masih Alinejad took off her headscarf and started a movement.

Activits hold Syrian flags as they take part in a protest marking the 6th years since the beginning of the syrian uprising organized by Syrian organization "Femmes pour la Démocratie" (Womens for Democracy) during Syria peace talks in Geneva on March 23, 2017.
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Women Write Better Constitutions

If you want to form a more perfect union, in Syria or elsewhere, you can’t rely on men.

Haig Papazian, Carl Gerges, and Hamed Sinno, members of the band Mashrou' Leila, in New York on Nov. 1. After their concert in Cairo in September, Egypt intensified a crackdown on its LGBT community. (Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images)

2017 Was a Bad Year for Egypt’s LGBT Community. 2018 Could Be Even Worse.

Egyptian authorities are using a "debauchery" law to justify a crackdown on gay and trans people.

Soldiers, officers, and civilian employees attend the commencement ceremony for the U.S. Army's annual observance of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month in the Pentagon Center Courtyard on March 31, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

#MeToo Is All Too Common in National Security

I signed the letter, but didn’t think I deserved to be called a “survivor.” Until I started remembering the trail of abuse.

A couple walk pass a condom vending machine July 16, 2002, on a street in Beijing, China. (Getty Images)

China Refuses to Admit It Has a Rape Problem. I Would Know.

The Communist Party wants to blame Hollywood and "loose women," instead of acknowledging its own epidemic levels of sexual assault.

NINGBO, CHINA - FEBRUARY 18:  (CHINA OUT) Finished inflatable sex dolls are stored in a warehouse at the Jiamei plastic toy factory on February 18, 2012 in Ningbo, China. The Jiamei plastic toy company, based in the suburb of Ningbo, Zhejiang province, China, produces cheap sex dolls at an average price of 100RMB (15.80 USD), and has done so for several years. According to the company, more than 50,000 sex dolls are sold to the domestic market in Japan and Korea each year. (Photo by Kevin Zen/Getty Images)

Sex Dolls Are Replacing China’s Missing Women

The country's gender gap has left young men desperate for high-tech alternatives.

A woman is surrounded by riot police during disturbances in the Dandora district of Nairobi 14 April, 2008.  At least 14 people were killed  in Kenya when police clashed with members of a banned sect who went on the rampage and burned many vehicles after the murder of the wife of their jailed leader. Police said five people were killed in Nairobi, five in the Rift Valley and  four in central Kenya regions, where members of the outlawed Mungiki sect were blocking roads and stoning motorists.     AFP PHOTO / Stringer (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

Kenyan Women Just Fought One of the Most Violent Campaigns in History

More women are running for office than ever before in the East African country, but the backlash has been fierce and bloody.

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Can Saudi Arabia’s Young Prince Wean the Welfare State?

The ambitious plan to remake the Saudi economy is the brainchild of Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. But does he have what it takes to upend his country?

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