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Council on Foreign Relations Women and Foreign Policy Update January 2013

Economic Benefits of Empowering Women

Women Need More Land Rights

Amanda Richardson, an attorney and land tenure specialist with the nonprofit Landesa, discusses the long-term benefits that secure land rights can bring to women and their communities. Read the Post on the Development Channel »

Bolstering Women’s Employment in Rwanda

Lisa Martilotta, a principal at Rwanda's first women's college, Akilah Institute for Women, describes her organization's efforts to link college education to employment opportunities for young women in Rwanda. Read the Post on the Development Channel »

Women and War

Pentagon Lifts Ban on Women in Combat

In a Daily Beast article, CFR Fellow Gayle Lemmon says after a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan that blurred the lines between who is and who is not a combatant, the decision to eliminate women's barriers to military combat service finally gives women a chance to meet the same standards and have the same opportunities as men. Read the Article »

The Front Lines of Women’s Rights

Attitudes Toward Sexual Violence in India Are Changing

In a CFR.org video, Senior Fellow Isobel Coleman discusses the gang rape of Jyoti Singh Pandey and the unprecedented public demonstrations her story sparked, which could be the starting point for substantive improvements for women's rights in India. Watch the Video »

Malala and Others on the Front Lines in the Fight for Women

Attacks on women and girls, such as the shooting of Malala Yousafzai and the brutal rape of Jyoti Pandey in India, are a shared loss in a globalized world in which the talents of half the population cannot afford to be lost, writes Lemmon on CNN.com Read the Article »

Challenges Remain for Afghan Women

Women have made strides in Afghanistan since 2001, but huge issues still remain. While the United States focuses on withdrawal, Afghan women are still in the fight and will be long after 2014, argues Lemmon on CNN.com. Read the Article »

Opportunities Increase for Saudi Women in Politics

Coleman says the decision by Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah to appoint thirty women to the kingdom's Shura Council and his commitment to increase women's political participation may pave the way for greater opportunities for Saudi women, however incrementally. Read the Post on Democracy in Development »

CFR Seeking 2013–2014 Edward R. Murrow Press Fellowship Applicants

The 2013–2014 Edward R. Murrow Press Fellowship is open to applicants who have distinguished credentials in the field of journalism and who have covered international news as a working journalist for print, broadcast, or online media widely available in the United States. The application deadline is March 1, 2013. For online application instructions and more information, please contact fellowships@cfr.org.

 

 

The Women and Foreign Policy program is a central component of CFR's Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative. The objective of the Women and Foreign Policy program is to broaden understanding of the importance of women's empowerment to a host of development, health, security, and other global priorities, and to bring the status of women firmly into the mainstream foreign policy debate.

Isobel Coleman
Senior Fellow and Director, Women and Foreign Policy Program and Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative

Catherine Powell
Fellow, Women and
Foreign Policy Program

Hannah Chartoff
Research Associate, Women and
Foreign Policy Program

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Senior Fellow, Women and
Foreign Policy Program

Rachel Vogelstein
Fellow, Women and
Foreign Policy Program

 

 

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