Undaunted: Stories from the Frontlines

The New Voices Fellows Class of 2019 took to the stage in Aspen, Colorado for an unforgettable evening of story-telling. Ten New Voices Fellows  shared short, personal stories that transcended time and space – from a 1980 Bob Marley concert in Zimbabwe, to a present-day overpriced dinner in New York City, to a father’s 2010 …

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Reproductive Rights: Still a Battleground

Shadia Elshiwy leads the charge for reproductive rights and access to reproductive services; she says, "If you want a woman to exercise her right to decide the size of the family she wants, provide her with peace, security, access to health, and keep the children she decides to have alive." Shadia joins Leana Wen (former President …

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Cyclone Idai Rages for Women

HARARE, Jun 13 2019 (IPS) – In late March Cyclone Idai carved a path of devastation across Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Malawi.  It was the deadliest cyclone to hit the region in more than a century, others have even referred to it as “Africa’s Hurricane Katrina.” More than 1,000 people were killed. Many more saw their homes, …

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Ivanka Could Shape African Women’s Entrepreneurship

After decades of working with women entrepreneurs in Sub-Saharan Africa, I am hopeful that Ivanka Trump’s initiative will deliver change, provided the interventions are designed for lasting results. To effectively meet the program’s ambitious goal of supporting 50 million women in developing countries by 2025, we will need more than the usual generic, short-term approaches …

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Data Will Make India Safer for Women

For the first time, India was ranked the most dangerous country for women with regards to sexual violence by the 2018 Thomson Reuters perception survey. The results sparked heated debates in India, which was ranked ahead of Syria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Saudi Arabia. In my opinion, the results were not surprising. The 548 …

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