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Iraqi women prepare food in kitchen run by Mahiya Yousef, who created her business in order to help women looking for work in Mosul. Khalid al-Mousily/REUTERS

How to Create a Breakthrough in the Fight Against Modern Slavery? Invest in the Economic Agency of Women and Girls

This post is part of the Council on Foreign Relations’ blog series on human trafficking, in which CFR fellows and other leading experts assess new approaches to improve U.S. and global efforts to curb trafficking and modern slavery. This post was authored by Laura Gauer Bermudez, director of evidence and learning at the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery; Yuki Lo, head of research and evaluation at Freedom Fund; and Jacqueline Joudo Larsen, chief operating officer and head of global research at Walk Free. Read More

Women and Women's Rights
What the COVID-19 Pandemic Is Showing Us About the Global Learning Crisis
This post was authored by Population Council's Nicole Haberland and Timothy Abuya. Progress in girls’ education has been faltering for years. For decades, the global education system has not been …
Human Trafficking
Spotlight on Brazil: What Works to Address Modern Slavery
This post is part of the Council on Foreign Relations’ blog series on human trafficking, in which CFR fellows and other leading experts assess new approaches to improve U.S. and global efforts to cur…
Women and Women's Rights
Gendered Disinformation, Democracy, and the Need for a New Digital Social Contract
This post was coauthored by Melanne Verveer, executive director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and former U.S. ambassador for global women’s issues, and Lucina Di Meco, cof…
  • Women and Women's Rights
    Women This Week: Representation for Afghan Women
    Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post covers April 17 to April 30.
  • Women and Women's Rights
    Women This Week: Generation Equality Forum Kicks Off in Mexico City
    Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post covers April 10 to April 16.
  • Women and Women's Rights
    Women’s Power Index: Find Out Where Women Lead—and Why It Matters
    New data from CFR’s Women’s Power Index shows that in countries such as the United States, Belgium, and Lithuania, more women are in power than ever before.
  • Women and Women's Rights
    Women This Week: Sexual Slavery Conviction at the ICC
    Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post covers April 3 to April 9.
  • Women and Women's Rights
    Women This Week: Rape as a Tool of War in Tigray
    Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post covers March 27 to April 2. 
  • Coronavirus
    A Year on, the "Color of Covid" Still Matters
    One year after coining “Color of Covid,” Catherine Powell published an op-ed on CNN.com about the ongoing pandemics of race and gender inequality, particularly the disparate impacts of COVID-19 on the labor market. In the article, she makes recommendations for the Biden administration in addressing the twin health and economic crises.
  • Women and Women's Rights
    Women This Week: First Woman President of Tanzania
    Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post covers March 13 to March 26.