A demonstrator wears a shirt to protest against a proposed parliament bill to completely ban abortion in Poland, in front of European institutions in Brussels, Belgium, October 3, 2016. (Photo by Francois Lenoir for Reuters)

Polish parliament rejects near-total abortion ban after mass protests

Up to 100,000 Polish women at a time demonstrated against the proposed law that would have banned abortion in nearly all cases.
Oct 6, 2016
Donormaal invites audiences members onstage at the Stomp the Patriarchy event to celebrate the anniversary of #ShoutYourAbortion. (Photo by Melissa Lin.)

#ShoutYourAbortion anniversary event shows strengths of emerging movement

One year after the start of the social media hashtag, #ShoutYourAbortion is developing into an inclusive women's health and women's rights movement.
Sep 15, 2016
Birth control pills and other forms of contraceptive are only available to Washington women with a prescription.

Could Washington follow the world in easing access to birth control pills?

Oregon and California have joined most other countries in allowing women access to birth control pills without a doctor's prescription. Is Washington next?
Feb 11, 2016
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, accompanied by his daughter Sumeyye Erdogan (2nd L), poses with his supporters as he leaves from Eyup Sultan mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, November 2, 2015. Photo by Huseyin Aldemir for Reuters.

Erdogan and AK Party win in Turkey election

President Tayyip Erdogan cast the return of Turkey to single-party rule as a vote for stability, but opponents fear it heralds growing authoritarianism.
Nov 2, 2015
Niyati Desai, originally from Mumbai but living in Seattle on an H4 visa, will be eligible to work in the U.S. under a new plan detailed by Homeland Security this week. (Courtesy photo)

Unable to work, spouses of H-1B tech workers find roles limiting

Thousands of tech worker spouses — many of them with advanced degrees — reluctantly give up careers because their visas don't allow them to work.
Aug 31, 2015
Tatyana Fazlalizadeh's "Stop Telling Women to Smile" campaign began in 2012, and has recently made its way across international borders. (Photo by Lindsey Boisvin)

Poster campaign takes on street harassment from Seattle to Mexico City

How a Brooklyn artist turned her campaign against sexual street harassment into a global movement.
Feb 25, 2015
Reina Martinez Olivares (right) with her granddaughter. (Photo by Liliana Caracoza)

From Mexico to Tacoma, a shared struggle against domestic violence

A visit to an impoverished village in Veracruz uncovers a shared trauma, and the shared strength to overcome abuse.
Dec 27, 2013
Reina Martinez Olivares (right) with her granddaughter. (Photo by Liliana Caracoza)

Desde México hasta Tacoma, una lucha común contra la violencia doméstica

Una visita a un pueblo empobrecido en Veracruz revela un trauma, y la fuerza compartida para superar el abuso. Read in English
Samia El-Moslimany, an American woman who has lived most of her life in the Middle East and has dual citizenship in Saudi Arabia, was detained by Saudi police while participating in a driving protest in October. Women are prohibited by custom, but not by law, to drive in Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Driven to fight for Saudi women’s rights

 A quick trip around the block in Saudi Arabia landed Burien resident Samia El-Moslimany in jail — and put her at the forefront of the women’s rights movement there.
Nov 29, 2013
The author and Mari Tuji in Kelecho Gerbi, Ethiopia. Before a water system was built by Seattle Nonprofit Water 1st, Mari walked four hours each day to collect water for her family. (Photo by Marla Smith-Nilson)

Women, water and what it means to ‘have it all’

For millions of women and girls in poor countries, collecting water for their families each day is not just a chore—it’s a symbol of gender oppression.
Mar 22, 2013
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Kenya offers cautionary tale on abortion

Although the November elections yielded women-friendly returns, the War on Women continues, both in the US and around the world. In the last week alone the Michigan Congress pass a bill limiting abortions and Texas Governor Rick Perry announced his goal to eventually make “abortion, at any stage, a thing of the past.” In the […]
Dec 17, 2012
Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, founder of the Afghan Institute of Learning, addresses a Global Washington conference last week. GlobalWA hopes to bring NGOs out of their "silos" and collaborate with our organizations. (Photo courtesy of GlobalWA)

Seattle NGOs asked to do something incredible: work together

I’m an amateur choir geek and a professional international development wonk. Those things might seem unrelated, but they do have one thing common: when talented and creative people come together, beautiful harmonies are made. In a choir, it’s obvious how making great music works. But in the struggle to reduce poverty around the world, it’s […]
Dec 13, 2012
A student holds an image of Malala Yousufzai, who was shot on Tuesday by the Taliban, during a rally in Lahore

Will attack on child activist end Pakistani apathy about civil rights?

The name Malala Yousufzai was new to me until recently. But the power of her words wasn’t. Back in 2009, when her hometown in Swat Valley was virtually under Taliban control, Malala, using the pen name Gul Makai, wrote a diary that was published and broadcast on BBC’s Urdu language radio service. In it she […]
Oct 15, 2012
Chandni Gautam is one of the few women drivers on the road as she navigates her cab through the streets of New Delhi, India. Gautam is one a select few female cab drivers at Sakha, a company for and by women offering safe, 24-hour transportation. (Photo by Bhamati Sivapalan)

Female cab drivers break into India’s hostile male profession

Chandni Gautam, above, is one of the first of her kind; a female cab driver in India. Gautam works for a company employing and training women to become cab drivers and chauffeurs. But the job is about more than getting a license. It means going to work in openly hostile field, where road rage, physical threats […]
Aug 21, 2012