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Trump's Administration Is Ending An Asylum Program That Helps Families

In a move that marks a setback for vulnerable people seeking asylum in the United States, the Trump administration is ending an asylum program. To make matters even more devastating, the program is designed primarily to protect women and children by ...

What Will This Year's Elections Hold for African Women?

This year is one of great transition for many African countries. In 2015, there are at least 19 elections being held across Africa in which intensive political (and related economic and social) change may occur. This is big news, but so far the international media has missed an important part of the story.

Nine Women Entrepreneurs To Keep An Eye Out For In 2017

As the year draws to a close, it's refreshing and important to look ahead to exciting prospects that 2017 has to offer. Finding the good in 2017 is perhaps most important in especially trying times. This list of female entrepreneurs you should be wat

WOMEN'S ADVOCACY AND WOMEN'S RIGHTS

Crisis in Burundi: 112,000 Refugees Flee to Nearby Countries

Earlier this year, PAI reflected on how this year's various elections in Africa could impact African women. The current crisis in Burundi is a prime example of how election-derived political instability can rapidly have far-reaching and devastating consequences for women (as well as the rest of the population).

Trump's Speech Barely Mentioned Women

President Donald Trump delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday evening and, perhaps unsurprisingly, Trump's speech barely mentioned women. Trump's neglect of women and women's issues during his speech is unsurprising given both the attitude he has displayed toward women throughout his career and presidential campaign and his administration's policies that diminish women's rights.

Backing Up Women With Facts and Figures

In 2001, a pair of academics at Brigham Young University in Utah aimed to identify data linking the status of women to the security and behavior of countries. Seventeen years later, what began as a single article has evolved into a vital, comprehensive global database, offering insights into women's lives in 176 countries.

Help Kirsten Gillibrand Protect Women's Health

On Tuesday, Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York announced she will sponsor a women's health amendment in the face of a possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) shortly after Donald Trump takes office. If the ACA is repealed, this a...

This Won't Be These Activists' Last March

Hundreds of thousands of people attended the Women's March on Washington this weekend. I was one of the many marchers in D.C., and spent some of my time talking with Women's March participants who were new to activism, but joined at what was certainl...

7 Little-Known Laws That Target Women

The Women's March on Washington in January of this year served as a clear-cut reminder that, unfortunately, women still experience vast inequality in the United States. While this inequality is often readily apparent, such as through women's perpetually unequal pay as well as the seemingly unending Republican mission to defund Planned Parenthood, this inequality also, unfortunately, manifests itself in lesser-known ways as well.

How Trump's Budget Proposal Would Affect Women

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump's administration revealed its first comprehensive budget proposal. The proposal suggests extensive funding cuts for many federal programs and agencies. The cuts proposed by Trump's budget could particularly negatively affect women in the United States, who seem to stand to lose the most should the changes suggested by the budget come to fruition.

The Equal Rights Amendment Is Still So Important For Women

Wednesday, March 22 marks the 45th anniversary of the congressional passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). However, while the amendment passed through Congress decades ago, it has not yet been ratified by three-fourths of the states and is ther...

Some Of The Ways The American Healthcare System Hurts Women

One of the standout issues with the American Health Care Act that was passed by the House of Representatives earlier this month was how it would affect women's health. While, if ultimately passed, the bill could certainly make healthcare options and ...

The History Of "Heartbeat Bills" In America Doesn't Begin With Ohio

Yesterday, the state legislature of Ohio passed a fetal "heartbeat bill," a highly controversial and likely unconstitutional piece of legislation that bans women in the state from having an abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected by ultrasound.

"Trumpcare" Is A Travesty For Women's Health

On Monday evening, House Republicans released two bills outlining their proposals to replace the Affordable Care Act. These bills propose extensive changes to existing healthcare policies - particularly around availability and affordability of coverage, especially for low-income individuals.

Your Birth Control Could Be Affected By This Bill

House Resolution 586, otherwise known as the "personhood bill," was recently introduced into the House of Representatives and referred to committee for consideration. If this bill became law, it would dictate that human life begins at fertilization, thereby banning all abortions.

The Repeal The 19th Hashtag Is A Misogynistic Campaign That Needs To Be Stopped

Supporters of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump started a social media "campaign" on Wednesday to call for the repeal of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which establishes women's right to vote.

7 Seriously Sexist American Laws

Unfortunately, the year 2017 offered a poignant reminder that sexism in the United States and around the world is still very much alive and well. While many may know that most women experience some form of sexism on a regular basis, fewer probably re...

What Will It Take to End Gender-Based Violence in the "Rape Capital of the World?"

"The worst place in the world to be a woman." "The rape capital of the world." "A battleground for women's bodies." All of these phrases have been used over the years to describe the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a country plagued for decades with conflict-derived violence against women.

On International Safe Abortion Day, Criminalization Of The Procedure Remains A Reality

Sept. 28 is the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion, otherwise known as International Safe Abortion Day. Women's limited and even diminishing access to abortion is still a significant problem around the globe. Presently, over 2

Iceland Could Insist On Proof Of Equal Pay

On Tuesday, the government of Iceland officially introduced legislation that requires employers to prove that they are paying women and men equally for their work. If the proposed equal pay legislation passes through the Icelandic Parliament, as is expected, then Iceland will become the first country in the world to require certification from both public and private companies that they are paying their employees equally for equal work.

How You Can Participate In The Seventh Action Of Women's March

As part of its "10 Actions in 100 Days" activism campaign, the Women's March announced We Belong Together, its seventh action. The We Belong Together initiative focuses on the power of families, children, and unity in the resistance movement. It part...

How the U.S. National Action Plan Addresses Gender-Based Violence in Conflict

The United States National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace, and Security aims to make women equal partners in peace building and conflict prevention as well protect their rights during and after conflict. In light of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign and the upcoming third anniversary of the U.S.

U.S. Senators Offer Support For U.S. Women's Hockey Boycott

On Monday, a group of 20 United States senators sent a letter to the Executive Director of U.S.A. Hockey expressing their support for the U.S. Women's National Hockey Team boycott to protest what they perceived as unequal treatment. In the letter, t...

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Natural Disasters & Domestic Violence May Have An Alarming Connection

The consequences of a natural disaster like Hurricane Harvey are, unfortunately, many. Lives are lost, people are injured, property is damaged, and it can take years to return to a true sense of normalcy. However, some impact of natural disasters are...

More Women Than Ever In Virginia Are Running For Office

Elections for all the seats in the Virginia House of Delegates will occur this November. Though these races will not occur for months, however, they are already making waves. Indeed, in Virginia, women are running for office in record numbers, hoping...

Planned Parenthood Is Closing More Clinics

Under the Trump administration, Planned Parenthood has been a perpetual target of defunding threats. While the administration thankfully has not yet succeeded in federally defunding Planned Parenthood, the organization has still taken a hit in several states. Across the country, Planned Parenthood clinics are preparing to close or have already closed.

How The US Legal System Fails To Protect Rape Survivors

In the past year alone, there have been several high-profile cases demonstrating how the U.S. legal system continues to fail sexual assault survivors. From Brock Turner, the Stanford University student who was sentenced to only six months in prison f...

Sessions Should Have Been Held Accountable on Women's Rights

Day Two of Sen. Jeff Sessions' nomination hearings for Attorney General came to a close Wednesday. During these hearings, senators on the Judiciary Committee asked an array of questions on many topics, including women's rights.

These Texas Abortion Bills Are An Affront To Women's Dignity

Two anti-abortion bills passed through the Texas State Senate on Monday and will now head to the Texas House of Representatives. These Texas anti-abortion bills impose strict limits on a woman's freedom of choice and quality of care. The first bill, ...

15 Inspiring Feminists Who Left A Mark On 2016

While the election of Donald Trump in November has been troubling for women and women's advocacy groups, there is still much to be excited about in terms of women's empowerment. Indeed, 2016 really was in some way the "year of the woman," filled with...

Inherently intertwined: Gender-based violence and global violence - PAI

As the just-completed 16 Days Campaign demonstrated, gender-based violence against women and girls is regrettably highly pervasive around the world. A recent World Health Organization (WHO) study found that "35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or sexual violence by a non-partner at some point in their ...

Rise in Maternal Mortality in the DRC Highlights the Changing Nature of Conflict

The Second Congo War in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) officially ended in 2003. Yet even more women are dying from complications of pregnancy and childbirth now than they were then. New survey results reveal maternal mortality in the DRC was higher during 2007-2014 than it was during 2003-2007, despite the country enduring war from ...

How to Counter Nine Arguments About The Gender Pay Gap

Tuesday, April 4 is Equal Pay Day, a day which symbolizes how far into the current year women must work in order to make the same amount of income that men made last year. As special attention is given to the gender wage gap today, you may hear many ...

Why Trump Slashing Medicaid Is A Feminist Issue

President Donald Trump's proposed budget is expected to be revealed on Tuesday and it, unfortunately, seems to include massive cuts to popular and widely-used programs. More specifically, Trump's budget proposes an $800 billion cut to Medicaid over the next ten years, something which, if implemented, would be incredibly detrimental for low-income Americans - particularly women.

Pro-Choice Legislators Have A Compelling New Strategy

During a time seemingly dominated by attacks on women's reproductive rights, pro-choice legislators are now adopting an exciting new strategy to help ensure women's access to abortion and protect their reproductive rights. The strategy legislators are using consists of sponsoring and introducing proactive abortion bills, or "abortion-out-loud" bills, which seek to actively help protect and expand women's reproductive rights.

How You Can Support Planned Parenthood Now

The GOP's brand-new healthcare proposal mandates the defunding of Planned Parenthood, an organization which provides reproductive health services to millions of individuals every year. The New York Times revealed that Trump's administration offered to maintain Planned Parenthood's funding if it discontinues abortion services.

The Newest Way To Provide Feminist Resistance

As part of its "10 Actions in 100 Days" activism campaign, the Women's March on Washington recently announced its "Hear Our Vote" initiative, which encourages women and men to register to vote, particularly in upcoming local elections. Along with ann...