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Ending the Practice of Child Marriage

Speaker: Rachel B. Vogelstein

Rachel Vogelstein, CFR's fellow for women and foreign policy, and Ruth Messinger, president of American Jewish World Service, discuss ending the practice of child marriage at the American Academy of Religion 2013 Annual Meeting, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Initiative.

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UN Security Council Resolution 1325: Women, Peace, and Security

This UN resolution was adopted on October 31, 2000; it was the first UN resolution regarding women, peace, and security and "urges all actors to increase the participation of women and incorporate gender perspectives in all United Nations peace and security efforts." On October 18, 2013, the resolution was reviewed and it was requested that an annual report be published on member states progress in implementing Resolutions 1325 and 2122.

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Sexual Violence and Inequality in India

Authors: Isobel Coleman and Julia Knight
Política Exterior

As measured by life outcomes, India does not value the lives of its sons as highly as it values the lives of its daughters. Moreover, it allows sexual violence to go unpunished and its victims undefended, whether on the city streets, in villages, in police stations, or in the courts. A powerful impetus for change exists in India, but the challenge of closing the gap between calls for reform and true long-term change looms large.

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Article

Challenges to Women’s Security in the MENA Region

Author: Isobel Coleman
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

In response to systemic sexual assaults on women in Egypt, activists have initiated well-organized campaigns to protect women's right to participate in the political sphere and to move in public spaces without fear for their personal safety. Isobel Coleman warns that politically motivated violence against women has still not crested.

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Governance in India: Women's Rights

Author: Beina Xu

Several high-profile sexual assault cases in India have sparked a national debate over women's rights and the need for social reform in a rapidly modernizing country.


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How to Help Feminism

Author: Jagdish N. Bhagwati
Prospect

Gender inequality remains widespread in India. Women could combat it by asserting their rights, says Jagdish N. Bhagwati.

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