Rev. Dr. King’s Question Demands Our Answer Today.

The destruction and rank desecration visited upon the United States Capitol by pro-Trump insurrectionists bore nightmarish witness to the world of how far many in the U.S. have strayed from our professed values.

The harm done to the iconic temple of our republic — to its stately marble and elegiac halls, its magnificent wood and carved stone, its towering beauty, its seeming invulnerability — was a harsh materialization of the sheer contempt for our democracy, for our vote, and for the rule of law so brazenly expressed by the president and thousands of his followers, cheered on, both in social…


Sahar Education encourages young men in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, to become allies of women and girls.

This Human Rights Day brings to a close the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence, which focuses our attention and advocacy on the violence perpetrated against women and girls worldwide.

In recent months, according to UN Women, 243 million women and girls were abused by an intimate family member — and that was before Covid-19 shut down schools, clinics, and whole societies, putting even more women and girls at risk in their own homes.

More girls and women are now out of school, out of work, and poorer, due to the pandemic, leaving them increasingly vulnerable to violence and…


Today America lays to rest a giant for justice. The timing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing could not have been sadder or more cruel, given her bracing fight against ravaging cancers so that she might continue the larger battle for “equal justice under law” as long as she could. …


To celebrate our mothers and all mothers this Mother’s Day, we need to do a lot better than hearts, flowers, and Hallmark cards.

As the world battles the gravest global challenge of a century, special attention must be paid to the extraordinary vulnerability of mothers worldwide, 61 percent of whom, between the ages of 18–60, have children under 15.

Most of these mothers work — an overwhelming number, in developing and emerging market countries, work in the informal sector, most of which has shut down to contain the spread of Covid-19.

Without work, these mothers worry — about how to…


What do Finland, Germany, Iceland, New Zealand, Norway, and Taiwan have in common, in addition to their so far doing a good job of containing the spread of COVID-19?

All six countries are led by women.

Why is it, actually, that women leaders have done a better job of managing this unprecedented crisis, at least thus far?

The first and most obvious reason is that most women care. They bring to their jobs a lifetime of experience of caring about their loved ones, their community, those in their world.

Just “caring,” though, includes many other skills that make a good…


As frontline caregivers in hospitals, retirement communities, and our own homes, women are our warriors now. Seventy percent of the world’s caregivers are women; indeed, our entire social safety net, from mothering and grandmothering to teaching and nursing to cleaning and food preparation, relies overwhelmingly on women.

Paid and unpaid, out of love, obligation, and often without protection, women across the globe care and provide for others, sometimes sacrificing their own safety for the wellbeing of those they serve. …


The new Coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect millions around the world, but while older men seem more predisposed to contract it, women will bear the brunt of the recovery. Women who do most of the caretaking and the community-based public health work around the world. Women whose agenda has already been sidelined as male politicians compete to dodge responsibility while ignoring the voices of those who know the truth from their experience on the ground.

Madurai public health officials in India work with women community leaders who know what women need.

Thousands of women from grassroots organizations worldwide were poised to descend on the United Nations headquarters in March to make their voices heard at the Commission…


I no longer know my country.

A place that tears mothers fleeing violence from their children, locks up children and mothers alike, stands by when they fall sick, shrugs when they die.

A place where top-ranking racist officials leverage hate-driven tragedy from Charlottesville to Pittsburgh to El Paso, for their own venal political gain.

A place that penalizes the poorest and least connected, evicting them from their homes and decimating their health, disability, and nutrition benefits, led by public officials who somehow sleep at night while housing innocent foster children in juvenile prisons by day.


It’s been a tough year for human rights.

From China’s ruthless ethnic cleansing and internment of a million Uighurs in its western Xinjiang province; to the vicious, years-long wars on civilians in Syria and Yemen, exacerbated by America’s abandonment of our allies and principles; to the lethal crackdowns in recent months on protesters in Baghdad, Hong Kong, Abuja, and across Iran and Sudan; to the brazen widespread muzzling of journalists; to America’s locking out asylum seekers while kidnapping, caging, and deporting those who somehow managed to enter our country, the world’s 2019 human rights record is a dismal one.

The…


A 10-point checklist to ensure girls’ and women’s safety in emergency settings

This time, the anguish illuminating the faces of children, their mothers, and grandmothers fleeing their homes, villages, and towns was completely avoidable. Acting alone, a reckless American president has, with a tweet, triggered the military invasion of northeastern Syria by the strongman Turkish president, a vicious ongoing criminal assault on innocent civilians there, the flight into neighboring states of some 200,000 Kurdish, Yezidi, and Syrian refugees to-date, with countless more on the way.

The gruesome execution of Kurdish human rights defender Hevrin Khalaf, a 35-year-old female civil engineer and Secretary-General of the Future Syria Party, videotaped by her gloating Turkish-backed…

Dr. Susan M. Blaustein

Founder & Executive Director of WomenStrong International. Director of Millennium Cities Initiative at Columbia University.

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