Former President Jimmy Carter is a humanitarian, a man of faith, an advocate for women’s rights, and an all-around likable former politician. Except when he writes about sex work, as he does periodically, where he promotes the so-called “Nordic Model,” even as Amnesty International and other human rights groups point…
On August 11, 2015, Amnesty International voted to decriminalize sex work, honoring both the sovereignty of those working in the field and the necessity of safeguarding their unalienable human rights.
Amnesty International, one of the most powerful forces in human rights protection, has just issued a proposal to decriminalize sex work and, predictably, it has been met with opposition. But fear not: learned gender studies scholars like Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, and Kevin Kline are here to tell you that it’s a bad…
The Nigerian army said today that it rescued 200 girls and 93 women from an area of the Sambisa Forest where Boko Haram has a stronghold. The army says it “cannot confirm” that the rescued girls include any of the 276 students who were kidnapped from Chibok in April of last year.
A new report from Amnesty International says that terrorist group Boko Haram is committing war crimes in northeast Nigeria, killing at least 2,000 people in the first half of 2014 alone and kidnapping thousands more. Through eyewitness testimony, they’ve learned that the women and girls abducted by the group are…
Sierra Leone's Education Minister has announced that school-aged girls who are "visibly pregnant" won't be allowed to attend school, take their exams, or associate with non-pregnant students. A top education official has suggested that having pregnant girls in class would "encourage other girls to do the same thing."
Terrorist group du jour and demonic pieces of shit ISIS — also known as ISIL and the Islamic State — have had a busy year, beheading journalists and aid workers and terrorizing large portions of Iraq and Syria. The group is also systematically raping, torturing and enslaving hundreds of women and girls, a new report…
Madonna's been a busy bee, lately. She turned up at the Grammys looking like Colonel Sanders, and tonight she'll appear alongside Miley Cyrus on MTV's Unplugged. Next week? She'll intro two members of Pussy Riot at an Amnesty International concert in Brooklyn.
Amnesty International is condemning the treatment of at least 18 women protesters, who as late as March 9 — a month after Mubarak stepped down — were beaten, tortured, and strip-searched. They were also examined for their "virginity" and told that if they didn't "pass," they'd be charged as prostitutes.
An Iranian woman is set to be stoned to death for adultery — but pressure from the international community could change that.
Once the stuff of Victorian novels, maternal mortality is on the rise again in America. Amnesty International's calling it "scandalous." How is this an increasing problem in 2010? Perhaps it's because we're pushing the fertility envelope.
Today's Times reports that the Obama Administration is recommending a Guatemalan woman receive asylum in the U.S. after over a decade of struggle. The decision has made waves in immigration/asylum law by providing a precedent for females fleeing domestic violence.
"These champions [who stand against violence] need and deserve our support. Not with a box of band aids, but with a comprehensive well-funded approach that acknowledges that women's rights are human rights." Nicole Kidman's message for Washington: Pass the I-VAWA.
[Freetown, Sierra Leone; September 22. Image via Getty]
Want your daughter to do better in school? Tell her to work out! The CDC reports that attendance in phys. ed. classes might be related to higher academic achievement for elementary-age school girls. (Oddly, no such correlation was found for boys.) But not all girls are lucky enough to even get the chance to take P.E.…