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Women Around the World: This Week

by Rachel Vogelstein Friday, March 24, 2017
Virginia Raggi Rome mayor scandal Rome's mayor Virginia Raggi, of the 5-Star Movement, speaks with journalists as she arrives at the Rome's city hall, Campidoglio (Capitoline Hill), downtown Rome, Italy. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering from March 18 to March 25, was compiled with support from Becky Allen, Anne Connell, and Alyssa Dougherty.

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Opening Doors for Refugee Women

by Guest Blogger for the Women and Foreign Policy Program Thursday, March 23, 2017
Somalia displaced woman refugees ban A displaced Somali woman carries a child and her belongings as she arrives at a temporary dwelling after fleeing famine in the Marka Lower Shebbele regions to the capital Mogadishu, September 20, 2014. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

Voices from the Field features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is authored by Emily Arnold-Fernandez, the executive director of Asylum Access.

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Water Access is a Gender Equality Issue

by Anne Connell Wednesday, March 22, 2017
A woman fetches water from a well at Pargoan village, August 8, 2012. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Wednesday, March 22, is World Water Day, an internationally-celebrated day dedicated to collaboration between the United Nations, governments, and non-governmental organizations to tackle the world’s water crisis. Ensuring universal access to safe water by 2030 is identified as a critical component of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’s mandate to eradicate extreme poverty.

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Women Around the World: This Week

by Rachel Vogelstein Friday, March 17, 2017
India-woman-maternal-health-care-baby A woman who just gave birth rests with her newborn baby in the post-delivery ward at a community health center in the remote village of Chharchh, in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering from March 10 to March 17, was compiled with support from Becky Allen and  Anne Connell.

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Preventing Peacekeeper Abuse Through Equal Opportunity Peacekeeping

by Guest Blogger for the Women and Foreign Policy Program Thursday, March 16, 2017
south sudan UN united nations peacekeeper sexual abuse United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) peacekeepers meet women and children on their path during a patrol near Bentiu, northern South Sudan, February 11, 2017. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola

Voices from the Field features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is authored by Sabrina Karim, an assistant professor of government at Cornell University and U.S. Foreign Policy and International Security Fellow at Dartmouth College, and Kyle Beardsley, an associate professor of political science at Duke University. 

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Women Around the World: This Week

by Rachel Vogelstein Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Mexico women march women's day Demonstrators take part in a march on International Women's Day in Mexico City, Mexico, March 8, 2017. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering from March 4 to March 10, was compiled with support from Becky Allen, Anne Connell, and Alyssa Dougherty.

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Proposal to Separate Women and Children Fleeing Violence Will Cost U.S. Taxpayers

by Catherine Powell Friday, March 10, 2017
Families separated by the two countries chat along the U.S.-Mexico border fence at Border Field State Park, California, U.S., November 19, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Earlier this week, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly confirmed reports that he was considering a policy that would separate women and children who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. If enacted, the policy would be both devastating for women and their children—many fleeing violence in Central America—and costly for the American taxpayer.  Under the proposal, women would be kept in detention while applying for asylum and children would be put in protective custody under the Department of Health and Human Services. Currently, women and children are released from detention quickly as they wait for a decision on their case, in part because of a federal appeals court ruling that prohibits keeping children in prolonged detention.

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Facebook Live on International Women’s Day

by Rachel Vogelstein Friday, March 10, 2017
Schoolgirls wearing colourful dresses cheer as they fly a kite during an event to mark the Basant or spring festival in the northern Indian city of Amritsar February 7, 2011. Basant is celebrated mainly in the Indian states of Haryana and Punjab marking the start of the spring season. REUTERS/Munish Sharma Schoolgirls cheer as they fly a kite during an event to mark a spring festival in the northern Indian city of Amritsar February 7, 2011. REUTERS/Munish Sharma

Yesterday, I sat down with my colleague Stewart Patrick, the James H. Binger Senior Fellow and Director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program, to commemorate International Women’s Day and discuss the work of CFR’s Women and Foreign Policy program.

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International Women’s Day

by Anne Connell and Rachel Vogelstein Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Paraguay women health violence women's day IWD United Nations women As the world celebrates International Women's Day, Paraguayan women's groups hold a rally in front of the Health Ministry to demand the end of violence against women and better women's healthcare in Asuncion, Paraguay, March 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jorge Adorno

Wednesday, March 8 marks International Women’s Day, an internationally-celebrated day dedicated to recognizing the social, political, economic, and cultural contributions women around the world have made to their countries and their communities. This year, the United Nations commemoration of International Women’s Day will focus on how women’s economic empowerment across the globe can accelerate progress toward the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Women Around the World: This Week

by Rachel Vogelstein Monday, March 6, 2017
India women rural abortion A nurse tends to a woman who underwent a sterilization surgery at Chhattisgarh Institute of Medical Sciences hospital in Bilaspur. Millions of Indian women undergo sterilization procedures each year, many in unsafe conditions, due to the lack of access to family planning and maternal health services in many areas. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering from February 26 to March 4, was compiled with support from  Anne Connell, Alyssa Dougherty, and Loren Grier.

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