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Assia Benziane (from left), Marlène Schiappa, Aissata Lam, Emma Watson, Lisa Azuelos, and Denis Mukwege arrive at the first meeting for the G-7 advisory committee for equality between women and men at the Élysée Palace in Paris on Feb. 19.

A French Feminist Foreign Policy

France is the latest country to pledge allegiance to a gendered international focus. Will it work?

Asylum Seeker Rahaf al-Qanun smiles as she is introduced to the media at Toronto Pearson International Airport on Jan. 12, alongside Canadian minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland.

When Home Is a Prison, More Saudi Women Are Choosing to Flee

The latest refugees from the kingdom fled to Tbilisi, Georgia, and spoke to Foreign Policy before seeking asylum in the West.

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.

Afghan girls raise their hands during English class at the Bibi Mahroo high school in Kabul on Nov. 22, 2006.

What Afghan Women (and Men) Really Want

Access to employment and education are local priorities. Here’s how the West can work with the Taliban to ensure those rights.

A woman gestures as Armenian special police forces block a street during an opposition rally in central Yerevan on April 16, 2018.

Women Can Bring Peace to Nagorno-Karabakh

They helped propel Armenia’s Velvet Revolution. Now, they’re turning their attention to diplomacy with Azerbaijan.

The pop star Seungri, implicated in an abuse scandal, arrives at a Seoul police station on March 14.

South Korea’s Darkest Clubs Are Being Dragged Into the Light

The Burning Sun investigation has exposed horrors against women—and men getting away with it.

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump chairs a United Nations Security Council meeting in New York City on Sept. 26, 2018. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

How a U.N. Bid to Prevent Sexual Violence Turned Into a Spat Over Abortion

In an internal document, Trump officials threatened to reject an anti-rape measure over language on sexual and reproductive health.

Actress Shefali Shah in “Delhi Crime.” (Golden Karavan/Netflix)

Delhi Crime and Punishment

Netflix’s hit show Delhi Crime documents the changes rocking Indian society—and not all of them are good.

People protesting against a new government measure to further restrict abortions in Poland gather as part of "Black Friday" demonstrations nationwide on March 23, 2018 in Poznan, Poland. The women's rights group Dziewuchy Dziewuchom, called on women across Poland to gather for protests in cities nationwide.

Politics Without Parties

From Poland to Iceland, citizens’ groups are taking matters into their own hands and bringing about genuine political change from outside the party system.

Kelley Currie, the U.S. representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council, attends a U.N. Security Council meeting in New York City on April 5, 2018. (Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

High-Wire Act Ahead for Trump’s New Women’s Rights Envoy

Tough but torn, Kelley Eckels Currie must find a way to balance her loyalties.

Seungri (C), a former member of the K-pop boy group BIGBANG, bows as he arrives for questioning over criminal allegations at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency in Seoul on March 14. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)

K-Pop’s Sexual Assault Scandal Is the Tip of the Iceberg

Celebrities’ crimes are pushing South Korea’s reckoning with misogyny.

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres, U.S. President Donald Trump, and others wait for a meeting to begin at the U.N. headquarters in New York on Sept. 18, 2017. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

At the U.N., America Turns Back the Clock on Women’s Rights

Internal documents show how the U.S. works to stymie progress on women’s health, cultural issues, and climate change.

Protestors confront police at a rally marking International Women's Day in Istanbul on March 8. (Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images)

Our Best Weekend Reads

This week, the world marked International Women’s Day, and the U.S. State Department canceled an award for a Finnish journalist who criticized Trump.

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom speaks during a news conference in Berlin on April 10, 2018. (Wolfgang Kumm/Picture Alliance via Getty Images)

Toward a More Feminist Foreign Policy

On the podcast: Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom on how to give women a voice in an arena dominated by men.

Protesters against the veil, protected by young men, march in central Tehran during demonstrations for women's rights on March 10, 1979. (Bettmann Archives/Getty Images)

The Flame of Feminism Is Alive in Iran

While Western activists defend the right of Muslims to wear the veil, Iranian women are fighting for a bigger cause: choice.

First lady Melania Trump honors the International Women of Courage awardees during a ceremony at the State Department in Washington on March 29, 2017. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Cancels Journalist’s Award Over Her Criticism of Trump

Jessikka Aro was to receive a “Women of Courage” prize. Then officials read her Twitter feed.

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.

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres. (Luiz Rampelotto/NurPhoto via Getty Images/Foreign Policy illustration)

Baby Steps Toward a Feminist United Nations

Women’s rights advocates are holding Secretary-General António Guterres accountable.

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