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August 6, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
Dear Mr President: Time to Take Women’s Rights More Seriously as a National Security Issue

Senior Fellow Catherine Powell reposts two pieces on conflict-related sexual violence.

President Donald J. Trump listens to Nadia Murad as he hosts a group of victims of religious persecution in the Oval Office of the White House. Washington, DC, United States. July 17, 2019.

June 24, 2019

Immigration and Migration
Bringing a Gender Lens to the Immigration Debate

Adjunct Senior Fellow Catherine Powell presided over a CFR roundtable, “Bringing a Gender Lens to Immigration: Domestic Violence–Based Asylum and Family Separation” with Lee Gelernt, deputy director …

Salvadoran migrant child, Lupe, sits on a bus as she leaves the premises of the National Migration Institute (INM) after being deported from the United States, June 22, 2019.

July 10, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
Women on the Blockchain: Moving Beyond “Blockchain Bros”

Cryptocurrencies have the potential to radically alter the world's financial systems. But could they also upend inequality?

A Filipino guest demonstrates a blockchain-based remittance solution between Hong Kong and the Philippines during a news conference in Hong Kong, China, June 25, 2018.

January 23, 2019

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Gender, Masculinities, and Counterterrorism

A growing body of research has made the case that counter-terrorism and CVE would benefit from a more nuanced gender lens. What remains under-studied—and generally absent from policy discussions—is w…

Members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia stand during a ceremony at a camp in the Colombian mountains.

November 5, 2018

United States
Litigating the Family Separation Policy: A Conversation With Muneer Ahmad

Senior Fellow Catherine Powell hosted a roundtable discussion with Muneer Ahmad, a leading voice and scholar on immigrant rights, on strategies for litigating the Trump administration’s family separa…

Central American asylum seekers wait as U.S. Border Patrol agents take them into custody near McAllen, Texas. The families were then sent to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) processing center for possible separation.

November 20, 2018

Technology and Innovation
Gender Bias Inside the Digital Revolution: Digital Human Rights

During a recent CFR roundtable, Professor Safiya Noble spoke about digital human rights – an issue on which she is advising the United Nations. Dr. Noble explores the biases against women and people …

Young girl checks out an iPhone in November 2018.

October 16, 2018

United States
States Are Challenging New Policy That Denies Asylum to Survivors of Domestic Violence

Eighteen states and the District of Columbia filed an amicus brief in support of a legal challenge to the Trump administration’s new policy that denies asylum to applicants fleeing domestic or gang v…

Immigrant women hold their children along the border wall as they await apprehension after crossing into the U.S. from Mexico.

October 9, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Nobel Peace Prize Highlights War-Time Sexual Violence

This year’s Nobel Peace Prize went to Nadia Murad, a survivor—and activist for other survivors—of sex trafficking by the Islamic State group, and Denis Mukwege, a gynecological surgeon from the Congo…

Drawings of the Nobel Peace Prize winners Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad are displayed in Oslo, Norway.

August 21, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Kofi Annan, Champion for Women’s Rights

Kofi Annan—the seventh secretary-general of the UN—passed away last week. He should be remembered not only for his work to fight poverty and promote economic development, but also his efforts to impl…

Kofi Annan at the United Nations in Geneva on July 20, 2012.

September 25, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
New Refugee Ceiling Disproportionately Hurts Female Refugees

The Trump administration announced intentions to lower the refugee ceiling in fiscal year 2019, a change that would disproportionately affect women and children, who represented 72 percent of refugee…

Central American asylum seekers, including a Honduran girl, 2, and her mother, are taken into custody near the U.S.-Mexico border on June 12, 2018 in McAllen, Texas.