She Survived Cancer—and Then Had to Battle Iatrogenic Fistula
Use your voice to support women who have survived the unthinkable. Esther is a 41-year-old mother of five from the town of Bariadi, in the Simiyu region of Tanzania. In 2017, she experienced a life-changing event. She began suffering from excruciating pain in her stomach and back. Local doctors examined her and determined that she […]
Bans Off Our Bodies – A Poem for Women’s Liberation
They seek to curtail our reproductive freedom,
strip pregnant women of reproductive agency,
thwart pro-choice legislation,
shut down abortion clinics,
try to convince us that our bodies are not ours to keep.
That our personhood and bodily autonomy are conditional.
How The Right to Asylum is Being Dismantled in Europe and What You Can Do About It
“Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution” is what’s written in Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The right to seek asylum is a basic human right. Yet, people fleeing war, conflict, persecution and climate disasters are facing an increasingly difficult journey to safety […]
Buddhist Nunneries as Safe Havens in Myanmar
The United Nations’ humanitarian relief agency says the number of people displaced within strife-torn Myanmar has for the first time exceeded 1 million, with well over half of those losing their homes. The military junta destroys a village, with the villagers forced to flee, leaving all their belongings behind. As reported by one eyewitness, the […]
Men Need to Take Responsibility for the Epidemic of Men’s Violence
From domestic violence to mass shootings, men’s violence takes a deadly toll every day. Men’s violence has become mainstream in every corner of the world. It has been normalized through the Internet, social media, movies, computer games, TV and porn. The World Health Organization estimates that 1 in 3 women worldwide have been subjected to […]
[NEW VIDEO] What Truly Youth-Led Design and Advocacy Looks Like
When young people have access to the right resources and platforms, they can achieve anything. The West Africa Adolescent Girls Summit, designed and led by youth for youth, proved that when participants stood in front of the Vice President of Liberia with clear demands for social change. “The thing that inspired me the most is […]
Why We Need an Integrated Response to Period Poverty in Pandemics
When household incomes are constricted, often luxury items, and even period products, are deprioritised. This impacts an individual’s ability to attain menstrual health – and the risk of experiencing period poverty. So, how is COVID-19 impacting period poverty? What can be done to address period poverty during this pandemic?
Forced to Flee Myanmar – Reflecting on the Crisis in Karenni State
Over the past year, more military attacks have been launched against civilians in Myanmar than in Syria, Yemen, Iraq or Afghanistan – according to figures compiled by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project, which also designated the country as the world’s deadliest place to be a protester in 2021. Fifteen months since the […]
The Invisible Digital Attack on Our Freedom to Think and What You Can Do About It
Despite initial reluctance by the board of Twitter, Elon Musk struck a deal to purchase the social media giant for USD 44 billion. This makes him the sole owner of Twitter. Elon says that his intentions are to uphold the important “town square” that Twitter can be. Yet, his takeover should remind us of the […]
In the War in Ukraine Women and Children Pay the Heaviest Price
A few weeks ago, a harrowing image of a pregnant woman injured in the Russian bombing of a Ukrainian maternity and children’s hospital was doing rounds in the news and social media. Widely-circulated pictures showed the woman stroking her bloodied lower abdomen as rescuers carried her through the rubble on a stretcher following the airstrike on the […]
A Face of the Revolution in Myanmar
Meet Hla Mae*. Over the next months, Hla Mae will share stories of Burmese girls’ struggles to maintain their freedom and rights, post-coup. Hla Mae is a face of the revolution occurring in the streets of Myanmar.
Feminists demand governments to commit to “urgent, deep shifts” in climate action at CSW
This year, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the United Nations’ largest gathering on gender equality, takes up environment and climate change as its priority theme for the first time ever. From March 14-22, representatives of UN member states will discuss climate change and its intersection with gender equality. Feminists and rights advocates […]