Women dressed as handmaids promoting the TV series The Handmaid’s Tale.
Brian Snyder, Reuters
With a new TV series based on the novel - and its bleak vision of women's rights - The Handmaid's Tale is riding a new wave of popularity.
President Jacob Zuma at the opening of the National House of Traditional Leaders in Parliament.
The clash over South Africa's Traditional Courts Bill is essentially about custom and constitutionalism. The government is often seen as pandering to traditional leaders' whims.
Money to protect the rights of African women has been in short supply.
African countries are bound by continental law to put aside funds for the protection of women's rights, but very few have managed to put their gender-budgeting guidelines into practice
Spinning, Warping and Weaving the Wool (1594-1596) by Isaac Claesz. van Swanenburg.
By permission of the Museum De Lakenhal, Leiden
In 15th and 16th century France, two female textile guilds - comprised of single women and wives working independently of their husbands - wielded great power. By the end of the 18th century, they had been dismantled.
Thirty young Afghani women performed in an orchestra at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Afghanistan’s challenges in 2017 will not be new ones, but those that have lingered from many years of war and violence. They involve armed conflict with the Taliban and related issues of terrorism, attacks…
Fumigation against the Zika-carrying mosquito in Guatemala.
Coordinadora Nacional para Reducción de Desastres via Flickr
Zika is not gender neutral: women’s rights are at stake.
Moroccan women walking in capital Rabat.
The recent burqa ban in Morocco highlights tensions between radical Salafists and a moderate Islamic government that has taken steps to further women's rights.
Kenyans marching in solidarity with Americans and women worldwide to protest the sexist statements of president Donald Trump.
Voice of America
Donald Trump has done what decades of American feminism could not: unite women worldwide in solidarity.
The grave of women’s suffrage leader Susan B. Anthony is covered with ‘I Voted’ stickers.
Clinton won women by 12 points and lost men by 12 -- creating a 24-point 'gender gap.' While that's the largest gender gap in history, the record shows that female voters were always different.
Protesters rally against the proposed budget cuts in Rio de Janeiro in November 2016.
A proposed budget freeze would hurt everyone, but history shows women take the hardest hit.
Did we hold Clinton to an unreasonably high standard?
AP Photo/Matt Rourke
A sinister Hillary Clinton dominated conservative media, but also appeared in mainstream journalism. Why?
A disempowering judgment by the Special Court for Sierra Leone should not blind us to how local activists still made use of its symbolic power.
How are we to understand why people in different parts of the world continue to demand and participate in transitional justice institutions and processes in spite of the shortcomings?
Trump's rhetoric on the campaign trail was toxic. His victory means women will suffer the fallout.
There have been efforts to include women in West Bank politics, but they've fallen short. Activists are trying to change things.
Protesters take to the streets on ‘Black Monday’ in Warsaw on October 3.
A popular protest forced the government back down on its proposed ban, but Poland still has savagely restrictive abortion laws.
Voting in Burundi, where 36% of women do not agree that democracy is the best form of government.
If women aren't given their full rights, they're less likely to believe in democratic institutions.
Turkey has the highest number of cesarean sections among OECD countries.
Turkey's high cesarean rates cannot be tackled by top-down restrictive laws.