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More than 2,000 women were processed through demobilization camps in Colombia as the government transitions disarmed FARC guerrillas back into civilian life, Jan. 18, 2017. Kaveh Kazemi/Getty Images

A guerrilla-to-entrepreneur plan in Colombia leaves some new businesswomen isolated and at risk

Small business grants are supposed to help Colombia's disarmed FARC fighters start new lives as entrepreneurs. But interviews with 12 female ex-insurgents suggests the government plan may fail women.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton arrives onstage during a primary night rally at the Duggal Greenhouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, June 7, 2016. Getty/ Drew Angerer

Could a woman defeat Donald Trump? What political science research says

Predictions about how a woman presidential candidate might fare in 2020 are largely speculation, writes a political scientist, because there isn't enough experience to base those predictions on.
The first female president of Mauritius, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, at the Budapest Water Summit in 2016. She left office in 2018. Szilard Koszticsak/EPA

Why very few women go into politics in Mauritius

In Mauritius there's been little change in cultural norms and values to genuinely support gender egalitarianism.
Projects based on comprehensive understanding of gender norms in coastal communities will contribute to improved community wellbeing. www.shutterstock.com

Gender matters in coastal livelihood programs in Indonesia

Identifying and overcoming barriers to equitable participation in social and economic life can improve the well-being of coastal communities.
Front row: Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez (C), Chilean Environment Minister and COP25 President Carolina Schmidt (3-L), UN General-Secretary Antonio Guterres (2-R), Argentine President Mauricio Macri (L), Spanish Minister for Ecological Transition Teresa Ribera (2-L) and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Patricia Espinosa (R) pose with other world leaders for a photo during the opening ceremony of the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid, Spain. EPA/Chema Moya

Climate conferences are male, pale and stale – it’s time to bring in women

COP25 has come and gone, another missed opportunity to use women's knowledge to mitigate climate change.
A Zulu household, from an 1895 book called The Colony of Natal: An Official Illustrated Handbook and Railway Guide. J Causton and Sons /University of California Libraries/ Flickr

The long moral shadows cast by South Africa’s colonial history

A new history book shows how entanglements of race, gender, class and sexuality in South Africa flow from the moral contradictions of the settler colonial state.
Two female models face off in a production of The Magic Flute at Texas A&M University. Above, the Queen of the Night is up to no good, while the passive Pamina awaits her rescuer. Wikimedia

The tale of two queens: flipping the script on the ‘princess culture’ in opera

Princess movies and opera alike reveal the limited number of models available to women. "Le Dernier Sorcier", composed by Pauline Viardot in 1869, shows that a much richer world is possible.

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