women’s rights

People wearing protective face masks hold banners during a protest against draft laws used to threaten abortion-rights protesters in Warsaw, Poland, on Jan. 20.

Trump’s Legacy Is a Global Alliance Against Women’s Rights

U.S. conservatives have forged dangerous ties on abortion with reactionaries abroad.

Protesters hold placards outside the Nigerian Police headquarters in Abuja during a demonstration to raise awareness about sexual violence on June 5, 2020.

Why Nigeria Is Losing Its Fight to Prosecute Rape

Women who accuse men of sexual assault have faced backlash, high-profile defamation lawsuits, and even retaliatory police investigations.

Family members of missing Pakistanis hold photos of their relatives at a Pashtun Tahafuz Movement protest rally in Karachi, Pakistan, on May 13, 2018.

Protest and Purdah in Pakistan

How the Pashtun Protection Movement became a release valve for women’s anger.

Activists from the Population Connection Action Fund hold signs as they project a message onto the Trump International Hotel to protest the Global Gag Rule in Washington on Jan. 23, 2019.

Rescinding the Global Gag Rule Isn’t Enough

If U.S. President-elect Joe Biden wants to champion gender equality and reproductive rights, he can’t just roll back Trump-era policies.

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard speaks in Mexico City on Dec. 23.

Checking In on Mexico’s Feminist Foreign Policy

Almost one year in, an ambitious set of norms has had mixed results.

An Afghan toddler whose family has been internally displaced sleeps in a hammock at a refugee camp in Herat on April 21, 2018.

In Afghanistan, Bringing New Life Into the World Is Deadly

Terrorist violence and COVID-19 have set maternal health back decades.

A police officer faces a woman in mask as she argues against a pro-life counter protest in front of Krakow's Archbishop's Palace in Krakow on Oct 25.

Poland’s Culture Wars

Central Europe’s battles over rights are dangerous, and Europe can’t risk handing Russia a victory.

Blessing Agbo, a nurse, places a contraceptive implant for Habiba, a 30-year-old patient who didn’t give her last name, in Kaugama on Aug. 13. Habiba, who has six surviving children after 10 births, says she wants to take a break from bearing children. Shola Lawal for Foreign Policy and The Fuller Project

Isolated in Rural Nigeria—and Waiting for America to Vote

Across much of the world—including one remote Nigerian village—the availability of family planning will largely depend on the outcome of the U.S. presidential election.

Then-U.S. first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton addresses a panel on women's health and security before addressing the U.N. World Conference on Women in Beijing on Sept. 5, 1995.

Let’s Make Women’s Power Culturally Acceptable

Twenty-five years on from the Beijing Platform, the world has made important advances in gender equity. The next step is to ensure that women claim their rights not just in theory but also in practice.

Members of the Million Women Rise activist group

Britain’s Domestic Abuse Bill Still Leaves Migrants at Risk

After months of delay, Boris Johnson’s government has rejected amendments to the landmark legislation that would ensure support for some of the country’s most marginalized women.

Attendees stand next to portraits of women who suffered violence at an exhibition in support of women in Afghanistan, in Faizabad, Badakhshan province, on Dec. 9, 2019.

Afghanistan’s Gen Z Is Fighting Back

Younger Afghans are on a mission to change how their country talks about life, death, and freedom.

Children attend a telelearning class displayed on Kalvi TV channel, an education initiative set up by the Department of School Education to allow students to continue their curriculums as schools remain closed, at their home in Chennai, India, on July 15.

Offline and Out of School

In India, education under lockdown and a deep digital divide threaten to undo real progress in rural areas.

A roundtable discussion is held with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s subcommittee on the U.S. strategy for implementing the Women, Peace, and Security Act, on Capitol Hill on June 11, 2019.

With the Women, Peace, and Security Act, Washington Could Be a Model for the World

In congressional hearings this week, it just needs to figure out how to better implement the legislation.

Protesters take part in a march on International Women's Day in Madrid on March 8.

Spain’s Right Wing Sees Coronavirus Crisis as Opportunity

Conservatives have framed women’s rights rallies in March as a source of contagion, threatening to undermine the surging feminist movement.

Habib-ur-Rahman, seen on May 3, runs a girls school from his house in Badikhel village in southeastern Afghanistan.

In Rural Afghanistan, Some Taliban Gingerly Welcome Girls Schools

What’s different this time, villagers say, is many of the fighters’ own sisters and daughters are attending.

Women's rights activists protest against a draft legislation that would ban the abortion of fetuses with congenital birth defects, in front of the parliament building in Warsaw, on April 16, while observing coronavirus safety measures.

In Poland, Abortion Access Worsens Amid Pandemic

Abortions were already difficult to obtain and then came the coronavirus.

A sign that reads "You can't stay home if there is no home"

When Home Is More Dangerous Than the Coronavirus

Lockdowns are leaving domestic violence victims worldwide trapped with abusers.

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