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Pro-Choice demonstrators celebrate outside the Justice Palace in Bogota after the Constitutional Court voted in favor of decriminalizing abortion up to 24 weeks of gestation
Pro-Choice demonstrators celebrate outside the Justice Palace in Bogota after the Constitutional Court voted in favor of decriminalizing abortion up to 24 weeks of gestation

How Latin American Feminists Won Abortion Rights

Many argue abortion is not just an issue of individual choice but also of social justice.

Pro-Choice demonstrators celebrate outside the Justice Palace in Bogota after the Constitutional Court voted in favor of decriminalizing abortion up to 24 weeks of gestation
Pro-Choice demonstrators celebrate outside the Justice Palace in Bogota after the Constitutional Court voted in favor of decriminalizing abortion up to 24 weeks of gestation

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.

Pro-Choice demonstrators celebrate outside the Justice Palace in Bogota after the Constitutional Court voted in favor of decriminalizing abortion up to 24 weeks of gestation
Pro-Choice demonstrators celebrate outside the Justice Palace in Bogota after the Constitutional Court voted in favor of decriminalizing abortion up to 24 weeks of gestation

Why Small Business Owners Have Such a Hard Time Getting Loans

Securing a good loan is challenging for many entrepreneurs, particularly women.

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.

Pro-Choice demonstrators celebrate outside the Justice Palace in Bogota after the Constitutional Court voted in favor of decriminalizing abortion up to 24 weeks of gestation
Pro-Choice demonstrators celebrate outside the Justice Palace in Bogota after the Constitutional Court voted in favor of decriminalizing abortion up to 24 weeks of gestation

What Works in Microfinance

We explore why some microfinance practices work really well while others fall short.

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.

Rachel Korir's fight against her brothers over their father's property went up to a high court in Kenya, challenging recent constitutional reforms.
Rachel Korir's fight against her brothers over their father's property went up to a high court in Kenya, challenging recent constitutional reforms.

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.

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.

President Donald Trump speaks at the 47th March For Life rally on the National Mall, January 24, 2019 in Washington.
President Donald Trump speaks at the 47th March For Life rally on the National Mall, January 24, 2019 in Washington.

Where Democracy Falters, So Do Reproductive Rights

Where populist authoritarianism is on the rise, anti-abortion politics aren’t far behind.

Agnes Sithole and Sharita Samuel standing at the Legal Resources Centre's office in Durban, South Africa. Photo credit: Elna Schutz
Agnes Sithole and Sharita Samuel standing at the Legal Resources Centre's office in Durban, South Africa. Photo credit: Elna Schutz

How a South African Woman’s Fight for Marital Rights Changed Her Country

What Agnes Sithole’s case shows about South Africa’s progress and peril since apartheid ended.

Women and families attend a summit to push for the passage of conditional cash transfer bill in Lake Sebu, Philippines.
Women and families attend a summit to push for the passage of conditional cash transfer bill in Lake Sebu, Philippines.

How Cash Transfers Bring More Women Into the Workforce

On the new season of the Hidden Economics of Remarkable Women, Melinda French Gates and Esther Duflo share the most effective ways to support women.

Aurat March women's activists march in Pakistan.
Aurat March women's activists march in Pakistan.

Pakistan Broaches ‘Hijab Day’ for International Women’s Day

In one of the worst places to be a woman, politicians are doubling down.

In this picture taken on October 1, 2020, women wait with their children at a government-run maternity clinic in a rural area of Dand district in Kandahar province.
In this picture taken on October 1, 2020, women wait with their children at a government-run maternity clinic in a rural area of Dand district in Kandahar province.

The Taliban Are Harming Afghan Women’s Health

Afghanistan’s new government is imposing discriminatory restrictions on the health care system.

Afghan women chant slogans and hold placards during a protest for equal rights in Kabul on Dec. 16, 2021.
Afghan women chant slogans and hold placards during a protest for equal rights in Kabul on Dec. 16, 2021.

Afghan Women Aren’t Liberated by Humanitarian Catastrophe

Continuing to deny aid to Afghanistan is an anti-feminist policy choice.

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How to Fix Big Tech’s Diversity Problem

Tech companies around the world could easily recruit more women and minorities if only they knew where to look.

Women play a game in a village on the outskirts of Bangalore.
Women play a game in a village on the outskirts of Bangalore.

India Is Building a Women-Only Social Safety Net

Political parties across India have promised a host of new social programs exclusively for women. Is it politics or progress? 

Female German politicians celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s voting rights in Germany.
Female German politicians celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s voting rights in Germany.

Did Angela Merkel Matter for Women?

The ambiguous feminist legacy of the world’s most powerful woman.

A woman holds up a sign that demands the abolition of prostitution during a demonstration in Madrid on Oct. 23.
A woman holds up a sign that demands the abolition of prostitution during a demonstration in Madrid on Oct. 23.

Why Does Spain’s Progressive Prime Minister Want to Ban Prostitution?

Pedro Sánchez hopes to bolster his feminist credentials—and take on the far right.

Zohra Kurji helps new mother Arj Rizvi at the lactation clinic at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan, in October 2020.
Zohra Kurji helps new mother Arj Rizvi at the lactation clinic at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan, in October 2020.

The Loneliest Lactation Consultant in the World

Pakistan has 50 million women of childbearing age and only one globally certified person to help them feed their newborns.

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