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August 1, 2018

Pakistan
Erum Ahmed, chief executive officer (CEO) of the textile retail brand So Kamal, talks to workers as she visits a factory in Faisalabad. Pakistan’s Imran Khan Promises End to Discriminatory Laws

Khan has a powerful opportunity to deliver on his party’s platform and further Pakistani women’s workplace safety -- and the economic growth of the entire nation.

July 24, 2018

Pakistan
Women wait to vote at a polling station in a village near Lahore. Where are the Women in Pakistan’s elections this week?

Pakistan has a huge voting gender gap — and it could take 18 years to close it, according to one estimate. But some progress is being made.

July 10, 2018

Afghanistan
Ambassador Mohib with the Afghan Girls' Robotics Team. Champions for Change: Afghan Ambassador Hamdullah Mohib

Champions for Change is a series highlighting male allies working to advance equality across the globe. This interview features Ambassador Hamdullah Mohib, Afghan Ambassador to the United States. 

April 25, 2018

Yemen
Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkol Karman smiles during a news conference as part of the Nobel Women's Initiative, in Honduras, October 24, 2017. Five Questions on the Yemen Peace Process

The Five Questions Series is a forum for scholars, government officials, civil society leaders, and foreign policy practitioners to provide timely analysis of new developments related to the advancem…

April 23, 2018

Women and Economic Growth
Entrepreneur Samar Hijjo developed ''Baby Sitter," a mobile application aimed at raising awareness of women during pregnancy and after child birth; here she works at UCAS Technology Incubator office in Gaza City, October 31, 2016. We-Fi’s Success Cannot Come Soon Enough: Here's How to Make That Happen

The Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, or We-Fi, announced its first funding allocations last week at the World Bank Spring Meetings, dedicating $120 million to programs that support women entre…

April 4, 2018

Women and Economic Growth
Children attending class at Khushal school in Pakistan Malala and Investing in Pakistan’s Breakthrough Generation, From the Classroom to the Workplace

Nobel Peace Prize laureate and girls’ education advocate Malala Yousafzai returned to Pakistan this past week, her first visit to her home country since she was shot by Taliban militants in 2012. Ret…

July 20, 2018

Afghanistan War
Coffin of victim of attack in Kabul Global Conflict This Week: Civilian Casualties Mount in Afghanistan

Developments in conflicts across the world that you might have missed this week.

May 21, 2018

Women and Economic Growth
Women from the Indian Dhenga village oppose a land acquisition by companies and the Indian government, saying that the land belongs to them and their children and that it is needed for their social and economic well-being and survival, March 27, 2015. A Place of Her Own: Women’s Right to Land

This blog was coauthored with Alexandra Bro, a research associate at the Women and Foreign Policy program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Last month, Liberian women activists marched to the p…

June 12, 2018

Palestinian Territories
Prince William (and the Foreign Office) in Jerusalem

I’ve written many times about the British royal family’s remarkable record of refusing to make an official visit to Israel while making scores of visits to Arab capitals. That will change in a matter…

May 4, 2018

South Korea
A model poses with a Samsung smartphone. South Korea’s Chaebol Challenge

South Korea’s megaconglomerates have helped lift the country out of poverty, but their extraordinary influence could put the health of the Korean economy at risk.