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Replace female genital mutilation with new rites of passage, says UN chief

Replace female genital mutilation with new rites of passage, says UN chief

New, unharmful rites of passage should replace female genital mutilation, said U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon  after new data showed there were more victims of the custom than previously estimated. The call by the U.N. Secretary-General was heard by diplomats, campaigners and survivors gathered at the U.N. headquarters in New York to mark the International Day […]

Photographer tracks down women he met in war zones ten years on to find out if they survived.

Photographer tracks down women he met in war zones ten years on to find out if they survived.

  A moving portrait exhibit by an award-winning war photographer lays bare the cruel reality of conflict for women across the world. Nick Danziger’s striking images capture the heartache and helplessness of rape victims, widows, refugees and prisoners, all female and all living during war. He captured his initial shots in 2001 as part of […]

3 leadership strategies I learned by being the only woman in the room

3 leadership strategies I learned by being the only woman in the room

It’s not exactly breaking news, but in case you haven’t heard, women face an uphill battle in the business world. Examples can be found everywhere: women are judged – even by other women – more harshly than men are for trying to negotiate higher compensation for their work. Our mistakes follow us for a longer period of time […]

The 7 Things Every Woman Over 50 Should Do For Better Health

The 7 Things Every Woman Over 50 Should Do For Better Health

As a woman over 50, you’ve been riding the hormonal roller coaster. I hope you fastened your seat belt, because three key hormonal issues — sex hormone imbalances, stress, and thyroid problems — can make the ride particularly bumpy. First, perimenopause often starts around 40, ushering in a 10-year period of fluctuations in the sex […]

Maasai women are the new solar warriors of Africa

Maasai women are the new solar warriors of Africa

The Maasai are a semi-nomadic pastoral tribe spread across Kenya and Tanzania, and globalization has not been kind to them. Vulnerable to wildlife that steal their livestock and powerless after the sun goes down, many Maasai often have to walk many kilometers just to charge their phones. But a new project spearheaded by Green Energy […]

Kenyan journalists win first pan African award for reportage on female genital mutilation

Kenyan journalists win first pan African award for reportage on female genital mutilation

The first pan African award for reportage on female genital mutilation was awarded in Abuja, Nigeria, on Tuesday for a powerful film made by two Kenyan journalists about five young women who sought to flee mutilation in western Kenya. I’m a survivor of female genital cutting and I’m speaking out – as others must too […]

The case of Saba Qaiser and the film-maker determined to put an end to ‘honour’ killings

The case of Saba Qaiser and the film-maker determined to put an end to ‘honour’ killings

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy is a documentary film-maker whose 2012 film about acid violence, Saving Face, made her the first Pakistani to win an Academy Award. This year, she is nominated again for A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, which tells the story of 19-year-old Saba Qaiser, from the Pakistani province of Punjab, […]

Top 10 Cancer Fighting Foods To Add to Your Diet

Top 10 Cancer Fighting Foods To Add to Your Diet

Whether you currently have cancer or are simply trying to reduce your chance of getting cancer, some of the most effective remedies can come from your diet. Good nutrition is crucial in allowing your body to beat cancer and recover in a way that allows you to live a long, fulfilling life. Cancer Fighting Foods […]

‘Spoils of War’: The Muslim Man’s Sexual ‘Rights’ Over Non-Muslim Women

‘Spoils of War’: The Muslim Man’s Sexual ‘Rights’ Over Non-Muslim Women

In word and deed, in Islamic and non-Islamic nations, Muslim men appear to think that non-Muslim women—impure “infidels”—exist solely to gratify their sexual urges. First, consider the beliefs and actions of those committed to waging jihad for the cause of Allah, such as the Islamic State: In the moments before he raped the 12-year-old [non-Muslim] […]

How your body reacts when you fall in love

How your body reacts when you fall in love

Butterflies in your stomach, a racing heartbeat—you probably remember those symptoms well from your first middle school crush. As an adult, they’re actually your body’s subtle clues that you’re falling in love (or lust, at least). At the start of a relationship, a series of truly fascinating chemical reactions occur throughout your nervous system and […]