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An End to Manels: Closing the Gender Gap at Europe’s Top Policy Events

A five-year examination of 12,600 speaking roles at Europe’s most important policy conferences highlights how women are denied equal opportunities to influence policymaking.

Righting Carceral Feminism’s Wrongs in a #MeToo Era  

The #MeToo movement is beginning to address the wrongs of carceral feminism through a more democratized process. Panelists discuss potential opportunities and pitfalls in the search for justice.

Q&A: The Woman Who Challenged Brazil’s Abortion Taboo

The first Latin American woman to challenge Brazil’s abortion laws in the country’s Supreme Court was not only taking on an anti-choice legal system; she was also challenging the culture of shame and silence that upholds it.

Sex Workers Demand Justice

A recent tragedy in Queens, New York, served as a reminder of the criminal justice system's disregard for sex workers’ lives. It’s time for policymakers to prove they mean it when they champion human rights.

A Blind Spot in the Movement Against Gender-Based Violence

When women seek treatment for their drug use, they often find themselves in unsafe environments. Activists working to end gender-based violence need to do more to reach out to these women and make them part of the solution.

Why Dirty Money Is a Feminist Issue

Their connection to feminism may not be obvious, but issues such as tax evasion and money laundering are ultimately about women’s rights. Because when austerity and inequality combine, it’s women and girls who suffer.