Women Around the World

Women Around the World examines the relationship between the advancement of women and U.S. foreign policy interests, including prosperity and stability.

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Libyan women participate in a protest in Misrata against the government after not receiving enough support following the deaths of family members due to the conflict. Ayman Al-Sahili/REUTERS

Five Questions With Libyan Women Leaders

The Women and Foreign Policy program interviewed five Libyan peace activists to hear about how Libyan women have contributed to the peace process and how international actors can better support them.    Read More

Women and Women's Rights
A Conversation with Catharine A. MacKinnon: Prostitution as Sex Work or Sexual Exploitation?
At a CFR roundtable, Catharine A. MacKinnon discussed the impacts of COVID-19 on those in the sex industry as well as where the international debate on prostitution and sex trafficking currently stands.
Western Sahara
Five Questions on the Western Sahara Peace Process
The following interview is with Fatma El Mehdi, one of eight negotiators in the Western Sahara peace process and a leader in the Sahrawi community.
Human Trafficking
The Case for Perpetrator Accountability to Combat Human Trafficking
Corporations have a responsibility to purge slavery from their supply chains, but only governments have the power to prosecute. Keeping criminals accountable is necessary to eliminate slavery and human trafficking.
  • Women and Women's Rights
    The Pandemic Hasn’t Stopped the Rise of the Women’s Movement
    Digital tools have multiplied collective power around the world. Leaders must invest in sustaining it.
  • Women and Women's Rights
    Global #MeToo Movement Has Potential to Revolutionize Gender Roles, New Book Reveals
    Rachel Vogelstein and Meighan Stone's new book Awakening: #MeToo and the Global Fight for Women’s Rights is out today. 
  • Women and Women's Rights
    #MeToo Helped Put Cosby in Prison. His Release Doesn’t Diminish the Movement’s Global Triumphs.
    Bill Cosby's release from prison may have some raising the question: Is the #MeToo movement over? Our answer is a resounding no.
  • Labor and Employment
    Responsible Recruitment Through Technology: A Path Forward
    This post was authored by Sophie Zinser, a Schwarzman Academy Fellow in the Asia Pacific Program and Middle East North Africa Program at Chatham House in London. She is also a consultant at Diginex Solutions, a technology business developing tools to combat forced labor and modern slavery in Hong Kong.
  • Afghanistan
    What’s Next for Afghan Women: An Interview with Judge Najla Ayoubi
    This post is part of the Council on Foreign Relations' blog series on women's leadership in peacebuilding and non-violent movements, in which CFR fellows, scholars, and practitioners highlight new security strategies. This post was authored by Karen Sherman, president of Akilah, East Africa’s preeminent institute for women’s leadership and career development.
  • Women and Economic Growth
    Women and E-Commerce: The $300 Billion Opportunity
    Closing the gender gap on online platforms means being able to put billions of dollars into the wallets of women entrepreneurs and exponentially grow global e-commerce markets. This blog is authored by Stephanie von Friedeburg, senior vice president of operations at the International Finance Corporation (IFC).
  • Defense and Security
    Anticipating Instability: The Untapped Potential of Women, Peace, and Security
    This post was authored by Valerie M. Hudson, a University Distinguished Professor in The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, and Brenda Oppermann, an associate professor in the College of Leadership and Ethics at the U.S. Naval War College.