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  “You have the right to choose who you love and what kind of family you want and to live free from rape and sexual violence,” explains groundbreaking painter Hikaru Cho. Renowned for her hyperrealistic, three-dimensional painted body art, Cho has joined forces with Amnesty International to create “My Body My Rights,” a set of emotionally charged and conceptual works meant to confront global issues of sexual abuse and other ... Read More
 “What are women’s human rights?  Are all women given the same rights? Are men and women equal yet?  What are your hopes for the world’s women and girls in the decade ahead?” These are all questions the International Museum of Women is asking people across the globe…through art. The organization recently launched a huge-scale art project to raise awareness about what we STILL need to achieve for gender equality. ... Read More
In honor of International Women's Day (IWD) coming up this Saturday March 8th, Catapult - a crowd-funding website championing the empowerment of women and girls - created a series of photos as a part of a visual campaign depicting the growing global epidemic of sex slavery, child slavery, and child brides.  The campaign created mock magazine covers, nearly identical to the well-known pop-culture magazines we see stuffed into our newsstands.  These covers ... Read More
Put on your angry faces, everyone – another woman is being wrongfully imprisoned and no one is hearing about it. On August 21, 2013, Nestora Salgado (a dual citizen of Mexico and the United States) attempted to return to her hometown in Olinalá, Guerrero State, Mexico – an area that's supposed to be a secluded, indigenous pueblo. Instead, Salgado found herself in the middle of a city run by drug cartels and bought-out ... Read More
Unlike the rest of his peers, high school senior Jeydon Loredo will not be appearing in the La Feria School District yearbook. Why? Because Jeydon, who identifies as male, is wearing a tuxedo in his picture.  The tuxedo is standard wear for every other boy being photographed, but according to the school district, Jeydon's photo in particular does not meet "community standards." Wait...what? Can someone send a memo to these people that it's 2013?  Stella ... Read More
The New York Times described a “whoop of joy” echoing through the streets of New Delhi this past Friday, when four men, all of whom had taken part in December’s notorious gang rape and murder, were given the death penalty.   The story started almost a year ago, when a woman who has become known simply as “Nirbhaya” meaning “fearless” was attacked by six men on a New Delhi bus. They raped her, beat her, and used a ... Read More
  Even the trolls can't be bothered with this week! Though the court took a step back with a troublesome ruling on the Voting Rights Act, it can't be denied that finding the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional was a great step forward for Americans this week. Though many people lashed out at the ruling, including some of the Supreme Court judges (Scalia...ugh), the pure joy, excitement, and happiness of millions of Americans, of all sexualities, ... Read More
  The United Nations has a message: access to contraception is a human right that will save lives and more than $11 billion in health costs, as well as help remove gender inequalities around the world. The United Nations Population Fund recently released The State of the World Population 2011 report, titled “By Choice, Not By Chance.” The 140-page report argues for greater accessibility to family planning and contraception. Currently, 222 million ... Read More
Stephanie Pollaro is a woman on a mission. Soon after earning her master's degree from California State University Long Beach, she sold her possessions, gave up a comfortable life in the United States, and boarded an airplane to Mumbai to rescue trafficked girls. In 2007, the former California girl founded the non-profit organization International Sanctuary with friend and fellow do-gooder Wendy Hicks. Today, iSanctuary works to reintegrate young trafficking ... Read More
On Sunday, the Lincoln Journal Star reported on a horrific hate crime against a woman in Lincoln, Nebraska. She was attacked in her home by three masked men who bound her wrists and ankles with zip ties, cut her body, and carved homophobic slurs into her skin. They then doused her floor with gasoline and lit a match. The woman proceeded to crawl from her house to a neighbor's doorstep, bleeding, naked and screaming for help.The community was outraged, and that ... Read More
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