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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.

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Film Screening and Discussion: Extraordinary Women of West Africa

This documentary film traces the everyday lives of five women in the region, highlighting the vital if sometimes unacknowledged role they play in their communities.

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“Gender Ideology” Is a Fiction That Could Do Real Harm

Political forces opposed to the rights of women and LGBTI people have a new rhetorical weapon. But even if “gender ideology” is a made-up concept, it could still be used to undo many recent and hard-won gains.

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Muslim American Women Are Finding Their Voice and Confronting Islamophobia

Standing down a rising wave of discrimination and hate, Muslim American women in the United States are working together, learning how to defend themselves, and reclaiming their rightful place in American society.

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How Reproductive Justice Serves as a Model for Progressive Organizing  

Groundswell Fund’s Naa Hammond explains why reproductive justice is about more than reproductive rights, and why movements for transformative change must be intersectional.

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What’s Life Like for Women Who Use Drugs in Indonesia? It’s Time We Asked Them

Police violence, social stigma, and poor access to health care are a daily—and poorly understood—reality for many women who use drugs. A new report is finally letting them tell their story.