'Visibly Pregnant' Girls in Sierra Leone Banned from Attending School

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." » 3/30/15 11:30am Today 11:30am

ISIS Using Rape, Torture and Sexual Slavery Against Women and Girls 

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… » 12/23/14 4:00pm 12/23/14 4:00pm

Suddenly Ubiquitous Madonna Will Intro Pussy Riot at New York Event

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. » 1/29/14 7:45pm 1/29/14 7:45pm

"Virginity Tests" Forced On Egyptian Women Protesters

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. » 3/23/11 10:10am 3/23/11 10:10am

Why Are Moms Dying In Labor?

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. » 3/25/10 1:40pm 3/25/10 1:40pm

Administration Recommends Political Asylum For Rody Alvarado Peña

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. » 10/30/09 10:00am 10/30/09 10:00am

Nicole Kidman Takes On Congress, Hollywood Over Violence Against Women

"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. » 10/22/09 10:00am 10/22/09 10:00am

Terrifying Campaign Against Sex Trafficking Compares Women To Cattle

In this brief commercial, a young woman is tossed around a dark dystopian room, crying while being herded around like a prize sow at a cattle call. I think most people know that sex trafficking is bad, so I guess I would have liked a little more substance to the ad: how do you identify traffickers? How do you help?… » 5/30/08 3:20pm 5/30/08 3:20pm

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.… » 3/06/08 2:45pm 3/06/08 2:45pm