The Sneaky Conservatism of China’s Feminist Dramas
As Beijing limits women’s choices, ta shidai television shows soothe without offering real change.
Are Chemicals Poisoning the World’s Female Workers?
Women are disproportionately exposed to deadly substances—and may be getting disproportionately sickened by them.
Gay Reparations Are Past Due
The United States lags behind many other countries in making up for its abusive past. Here’s why—and how to fix it.
Why Aren’t There More Women Economists at the United Nations?
Female economists are rising to the top—everywhere but the U.N.
Report Back Better
The State Department’s yearly human rights report may be the United States’ best tool for fighting sexual violence. Biden needs to get it right.
Afghan Women’s Problems Don’t End With the Taliban
A new U.S. intelligence assessment suggests women’s rights in Afghanistan face threats even without a Taliban takeover.
The Global Gag Rule’s Long Shadow in Pakistan
Biden repealed major restrictions on U.S. foreign assistance, but anti-abortion ideology still limits crucial reproductive care in the places that need it most.
Afghanistan Can’t Achieve Stability Without Women
To reach a gender-conscious peace deal with the Taliban, Afghan negotiators need more time—and U.S. support.
In Tigray, Sexual Violence Has Become a Weapon of War
The world must step in now and call the assaults what they are: a war crime.
With a Feminist Foreign Policy, Biden Could Get Climate Change Right
At this week’s summit, the United States will need to think bigger. Here’s how.
The Legacy of Wartime Atrocities Still Looms Over Asian Alliances
Survivors of World War II sexual enslavement seemed one step closer to reparations, but international pressure and a Korean judge intervened.
‘Showgirls of Pakistan’ Doesn’t Need Your Victim Narrative
In a new documentary about mujra dancers, Saad Khan escapes the Western documentary complex to give his subjects the chance to speak in their own words.
India’s Suffering Female Farmers Have the Most to Lose
The country’s rural Dalits are already exploited—and know it can get worse.
Women Cut Out of the Afghan Peace Process
Two decades of progress are threatened by the Taliban return—and a hasty U.S. exit.
Biden Takes Small Steps Toward Feminist Foreign Policy
Biden’s push for gender equality is a huge change from Trump, but experts stop short of calling it a feminist foreign policy.
Where Face Masks Are Required but Burqas Are Banned
Switzerland’s crackdown on Islamic symbols is normalizing anti-Muslim bigotry across the political spectrum.
A Major Anti-Kony Verdict Is No Relief
A member of the brutal Lord’s Resistance Army rebel group has been convicted of crimes against humanity, but the survivors are still struggling to pull their lives together.
The Missing Realism of Biden’s Pro-LGBTQ Foreign Policy
The new administration has committed to far-reaching human rights goals that could easily backfire.
Representation Isn’t Enough
The number of women in elected office is on the rise, but that hasn’t necessarily translated into more power.