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In Muslim Men’s Protests, Support for Women’s Choice About Veiling

The times they are a-changing—at least a little and in a positive way. Ahead of International Women’s Day, March 8, a group of Afghan men last week showed their solidarity with women who want relief from imposed forms of Islamic dress. The men put on burqas, the garment worn in public by almost all Afghan women. The burqa covers the body from head to toe, allowing just the eyes to show (and then only through mesh).

International Women's Day: Empowering Women in Uganda

International Women’s Day is a time to celebrate the achievements of women and to reflect on the barriers that women have overcome economically, politically, and socially.  It is a time when women around the world come together to share stories of empowerment and to encourage others that change is possible.  The Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) Institute currently taking place in Uganda embodies the definition and the spirit of International Women’s Day.

How Will Women in the Middle East Fare in 2015?

Last year was not a good one for women in the Middle East. Political turmoil, civil war, the rise of Islamic State, clampdowns by autocratic governments, and the ineffectiveness of reformist governments all contributed to unfavorable, even worsening, conditions for women.

Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice

Beijing+20: Looking Back and the Road Ahead

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing+20), the Middle East Program and the Women in Public Service Project at the Wilson Center are proud to share pieces from women who have been instrumental in realizing the goals of the Beijing Platform for Action in different parts of the world with the publication "Beijing+20: Looking Back and the Road Ahead." The cusp of Beijing+20 coincides with the 15th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 that calls for women's leadership in conflict resolution and peacekeepi

Update on Venezuela’s Political Climate

Street protests against the government of President Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela have died down since the early months of 2014.  But as least 69 protesters remain in custody, including opposition leader Leopoldo López.  In October, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.

What’s Behind the Hostility Toward Women in Iran

Why are Iranian hard-liners once again setting their sights on women? Some 2,000 Iranian women and men demonstrated last week  in the city of Isfahan, and others gathered before the parliament building in Tehran, to protest a series of acid attacks on women and to demand government action.

ISIS Says the Quran Allows Enslaving Women. Will Clerical Leaders Respond?

Islamic State’s audacity and effrontery toward women knows no bounds. In an article that appeared Sunday in Dabiq, the group’s English-language online publication, Islamic State militants crossed a last possible boundary of decency by citing the Quran as authority for the barbarism they have been practicing against women. Equally disturbing, Arab leaders and the ulama, the clerical leaders of Islam, have been silent in the face of this effrontery.

Sexual Violence Under ISIS Control

The news is full of beheadings, but ISIS fighters are now infamous for a campaign of sexual violence. This interview with Haleh Esfandiari on NPR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook looks at the Islamic State’s war on women.