Women's Rights

25 Years since Cairo: Making ICPD25 Relevant to Young People

The year 2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). The ICPD’s Programme of Action created a paradigm shift in how the global community regarded population dynamics, moving it from a focus on human numbers to a focus on human rights.

The Way Forward for Women in Libya

I am proud to be the first woman to represent Libya as its Ambassador to the U.S.  Women now serve in all facets of public life in Libya, but we still face some obstacles.  Few women have been appointed to high-level positions as ministers or judges and there have been too few female ambassadors appointed to represent Libya in other countries.  Despite an increase in the labor force participation rate over the last few years, women still represent only 25% of the Libyan workforce in both the private and public sector.   There are numerous reasons for this lack of representation, including s

Operating from the Margins: Women’s Rights Organizations in Egypt

On March 8, 2019, Egypt as well as the rest of the world celebrate International Women’s Day. Usually, on that day, like many cities around the world, Egyptian women and activists across the political spectrum unite and demonstrate issues pertaining to women and minorities. In Egypt, however, this symbolic celebration is muffled for the fifth year in a row as a result of the crackdown on the Egyptian civil society that was further enhanced after passing the restrictive NGO Law no. 70 of 2017.

Policies and Strategies Driving Inclusion and Productivity

The rise of Diversity & Inclusion officers and departments within the public and private sector mirrors a commitment to not only gender equality but building a productive, engaged workforce. A critical piece is the policies and processes underlying this commitment.

EMD Serono, the leading private sector partner in a global public-private partnership called Healthy Women, Healthy Economies, has produced a policy toolkit which outlines how to link workplace policies with women's health and productivity.

Achieving Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for All

“The Guttmacher-Lancet Commission could not come at a better time,” said Patricia Da Silva, Associate Director of the International Planned Parenthood Federation United Nations Liaison Office.

The Struggle for Freedom from Fear: Contesting Violence against Women at the Frontiers of Globalization

How can we understand and contest the global wave of violence against women? In this book, Alison Brysk shows that gender violence across countries tends to change as countries develop and liberalize, but not in the ways that we might predict. She shows how liberalizing authoritarian countries and transitional democracies may experience more shifting patterns and greater levels of violence than less developed and democratic countries, due to changes and uncertainties in economic and political structures.

Making it a Priority: Adolescents’ Health and Rights

“Adolescence is a time to support young peoples’ access to information, to education, to skills and to services that can result in a healthy and safe transition into adulthood,” said Sarah Barnes, Project Director of the Maternal Health Initiative, at a recent Wilson Center event on engaging youth and protecting their sexual and reproductive health and rights. “It’s time to make adolescents a priority,” said Barnes.

Event Summary: Will Women Decide the 2018 Brazilian Election? The Potential Impact of Female Voters and Candidates

Women could play a decisive role in determining who wins the presidential race in Brazil this fall. As many as one-third of female voters are currently undecided and half reject the current front-runner, Congressman Jair Bolsonaro. Most leading male candidates, in an effort to gain women votes, have chosen as running mates strong, influential female politicians. At the same time, despite the potential power of the female electorate, women have struggled to gain a foothold in Brazilian politics.

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