Women's Rights News

MENA Women News Brief

Oct 07, 2015
The Middle East Program will send out the latest developments on women’s issues in the Middle East and North Africa region on a bi-weekly basis.

Gyrating Women’s Rights

Sep 03, 2015
Since the Arab uprising in 2011, female activists in the Middle East have launched campaigns for legal changes to formally enshrine their rights—but with limited impact.

ISIS’s Brutality Toward Women and Girls–and How to Help the Victims

Aug 27, 2015
"While many countries have denounced ISIS and its beheadings, mass executions, and other horrific acts, little effort has been devoted to rescuing women taken as its sexual slaves," writes Haleh Esfandiari and Kendra Heideman.

Roger-Mark De Souza Discusses Family Planning, Empowerment, and the Environment

Jul 14, 2015
Colorado has seen a historic drop in the pregnancy rate among teens and poor women, thanks to a pioneering family planning program providing long-acting birth control for free. In a new video from Women at the Center, Roger-Mark De Souza explains why groundbreaking programs like the Colorado Family Planning Initiative matter to the global push for women's empowerment and environmental conservation efforts.

Political Representation of Women in Mexico

Apr 10, 2015
This infographic illustrates female representation in Mexican politics.

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

Mar 08, 2015
"To veil or not to veil should be a matter of personal choice, a right that all women should be able freely to exercise," writes Haleh Esfandiari.

International Women's Day: Empowering Women in Uganda

Mar 07, 2015
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. It signifies women working together to achieve parity and demonstrating their dedication to empowering a future generation of women leaders in public service.

How Will Women in the Middle East Fare in 2015?

Jan 05, 2015
2014 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, writes Haleh Esfandiari.

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

Dec 25, 2014
Following up on her critically acclaimed biographies of Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Antonin Scalia, Joan Biskupic, one of the nation’s top court reporters, focuses on the rise of Sonia Sotomayor in her latest book. A former Wilson Center Scholar who currently serves as editor in charge for legal affairs at Reuters, Biskupic has covered the US Supreme Court for more than 20 years. She joins us to discuss the behind the scenes rise of Sotomayor and also provides insight into the first Latina Justice’s initial impact on the court.

What’s Behind the Hostility Toward Women in Iran

Oct 27, 2014
"Parliamentarians’ renewed obsession with women’s dress and male-female workplace mixing represents a throwback to the early days of the Islamic revolution, when women who did not observe the Islamic dress code were subject to 70 lashes and when men and women were segregated in university classrooms, buses and elsewhere," writes Haleh Esfandiari.