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July 12, 2018

World Health Organization (WHO)
Syrian refugee Burooq Al Zubi, 21, breastfeeds her nine-month-old son Fares at Al Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq. Stop Fighting about Breastfeeding and Face this Reality

Amidst controversy over the World Health Organization's breastfeeding resolution, we should move beyond the domestic political question to the global policy matter: does international policy do enoug…

May 24, 2018

World Health Organization (WHO)
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland on May 18, 2018. A Scorecard for Dr. Tedros as the WHO’s Director-General

Tedros’s first year as Director-General of the WHO demonstrated his vision, leadership, and ability to seize an opportunity for action. However, concerns remain regarding his willingness to balance p…

July 16, 2018

Syria
Syrian refugee Omayma al Hushan (R), 14, who launched an initiative against child marriage among Syrian refugees, plays with her friend outside their residence in Al Zaatari refugee camp. Sixteen and Married: Why Identity Matters for Syrian Girls

Ensuring that displaced women and girls have official identification is a critical step toward reducing rates of child marriage among Syrian refugees.

May 24, 2018

Women and Economic Growth
Syrian women hold food aid distributed by humanitarian institutions. Arab Women in Syria Join the Fight — and the Movement

After the liberation of Raqqa, Syria, women are returning to the city with their families and taking on new roles in the rebuilding process.

May 4, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Children stand next to a burnt vehicle during clashes between Iraqi security forces and ISIL in the northern Iraq city of Mosul. The ISIS Bride Problem: Don't Take It Out on the Children

Foreign ISIS wives still in Syria live in dust-coated tents, or sometimes in prison rooms, alongside their children, inhabiting a legal purgatory until one authority or another figures out what to do…

March 23, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Helen Zille Helen Zille’s Colonialism Controversy

Helen Zille is the premier of the Western Cape and a former leader of South Africa’s official opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA). A former journalist and anti-apartheid activist of German…

June 27, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Cape-Town-Drought-Rain-Water-Climate-Change Even as Winter Rains Come to Cape Town, Water Scarcity Is Here to Stay

In 2017, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille declared the Western Cape a disaster area because of the drought. In March, the ruling African National Congress’ minister for cooperative governance, Zweli Mkhize, declared a national state of emergency. However, with the arrival of winter rains, Mkhize did not renew the state of emergency when it expired on June 13.

February 21, 2018

Syria
Syrian refugees The Mom's Story I Could Not Forget

Some stories do not leave you. You cannot forget them long after you tell them. And you wonder, often, how they end. Here is one such story. It doesn't yet have an ending, but it is no longer wher…

May 15, 2017

Japan
Priests Helen Hardacre: Political Realignment Among Japan’s Religions

Shinto priests walk in a line to attend a ritual to usher in the upcoming New Year at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan on December 31, 2016 (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon).  

April 17, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Politics-DA-Port-Elizabeth South Africa’s DA Struggles to Broaden Support Amid Zuma's Departure

The Democratic Alliance (DA) is the official opposition to the governing African National Congress (ANC) in South Africa’s parliament, and is struggling to grow its support now that Zuma is gone.