Netflix India’s ‘Cobalt Blue’ Shows Queer Love—in Primary Colors
The recent LGBTQ film tries to give life to the complications of queer desire. It falters.
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.
How Banning Abortion Affects the Economic Lives of Women
Plus: Why the economy today reminds us of the 1970s—and why it doesn’t.
How Autocrats Use Women’s Rights to Boost Themselves
Automatically bundling equality and democracy has led to the rise of “genderwashing.”
How a U.S. Abortion Ban Would Impact Africa
Washington’s curtailment of reproductive rights at home and in U.S. foreign aid programs has historically had dramatic effects on women’s rights across the continent.
The Taliban Have Made the Burqa Mandatory Again
Hunger and poverty stalk the nation, but the Islamists want to disappear women from public life.
How Latin American Feminists Won Abortion Rights
Many argue abortion is not just an issue of individual choice but also of social justice.
Millions of Afghans Want to Flee. LGBTQ Afghans Have To.
Since the Taliban takeover last August, members of the Afghan LGBTQ community have faced electrocution, torture, killings, and fear.
The Real Reason the Russian Orthodox Church’s Leader Supports Putin’s War
Homophobia is at the heart of Patriarch Kirill’s endorsement.
LGBTQI Muslims in India Find Solace in Their Pets
“The first living being to know that I am a gay was my pet parakeet.”
What the Taliban Mean for Queer Afghans
In the absence of Western support, their lives are in danger as they struggle to flee.
How Better Data Helped End Child Marriage in Indonesia
A nonprofit’s grassroots data collection successfully pushed for a child marriage ban in Indonesia, a significant step to reduce female poverty.
Why Small Business Owners Have Such a Hard Time Getting Loans
Securing a good loan is challenging for many entrepreneurs, particularly women.
The Problem With Coverage of Women in War
Stereotypes “permit and exacerbate conflict,” experts say.
What Works in Microfinance
We explore why some microfinance practices work really well while others fall short.
Taliban Reversal on Girls’ Education Ignites World’s Anger
The sudden about-face could undercut the Taliban’s hopes for international recognition.
As the World Watches Ukraine, Afghanistan Goes Full Taliban
The Taliban are using detentions, repression, censorship, and killings to tighten their grip on power.
The Battle for Women’s Property Rights in Kenya
What a daughter’s inheritance fight reveals about Kenya’s constitutional reforms, which aimed to provide equal land access between men and women.