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September 14, 2020

Women and Women's Rights
Gender Advisors Key to Effective Policy

The proposed revisions to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Policy have received a lot of attention since being released for public comment…

Afghan women at polling station

September 21, 2020

Women and Women's Rights
Ending Gender-Based Violence is Key to Economic Recovery

Cases of gender-based violence have been rising since the outbreak of COVID-19, and businesses have a moral duty—and a financial responsibility—to act.

Activist, domestic violence, Italy.

November 20, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
What Is the Kafala System?

The kafala system regulates the lives of tens of millions of migrant laborers in the Middle East, but growing outrage over human rights abuses, racism, and gender discrimination has fueled calls for …

Workers are seen in the Lusail National Stadium, which is under construction for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Doha, Qatar.

November 18, 2020

Education
Ensuring Access to Education for Girls During a Humanitarian Crisis and Conflict

The COVID-19 pandemic has created the largest education emergency in history, with consequences that could reverse decades of progress in girl's education. Ensuring continuity of education amid COVID…

Syrian refugee girl in the Zaatari camp in Jordan

November 13, 2020

Women and Economic Growth
Women This Week: The Smashing of Ceilings

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 November 8 to November 15.

November 13, 2020

Women and Economic Growth
Women This Week: Record Breaking, Ground Shaking

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 November 8 to November 15.

U.S. Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris arrives for a news conference ahead of a campaign rally in Duluth, Georgia, U.S. November 1, 2020. Picture taken November 1, 2020. REUTERS/Brandon Bell

November 6, 2020

Election 2020
One America, Two Nations

America is one country and two nations. They will have to coexist; whether they can work together remains to be seen.

Protesters rally outside the Pen

November 3, 2020

Elections and Voting
Musings on Elections in Africa on America's Election Day

Americans assume that free, fair, and credible elections are essential to democracy. Elsewhere, however, elections are rigged and serve mainly to consolidate the position of a "big man" and his cronies or to legitimate self-perpetuating elites.

A soldier can be seen leaning against a post with an assault rifle. A billboard for Ivory Coast's Independent Electoral Commission is seen in the background.

June 8, 2020

Women and Women's Rights
Gender Representation and Diversity in the Foreign Affairs Community

Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte and Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley joined the Council on Foreign Relations for a roundtable discussion on the importance of diversity in the foreign affairs comm…

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is surrounded as she bids farewell to a lobby filled with employees after her last day at the State Department in Washington, January 16, 2009.

October 24, 2020

Women and Women's Rights
Beijing +25: Delivering on the Promise of 1995 for Adolescent Girls

Decades on, it has never been more important to fulfill the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and invest in the wellbeing and safety of adolescent girls. 

A Palestinian girl looks out of her family home as she watches members of Hamas security forces participating in a simulation exercise for preventing the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Gaza City July 18, 2020. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem