A new AI gaming genre simulates the harrowing choice of whether to have an abortion—and the myriad obstacles that can stand in the way.   One game—Trapped—recreates a “Kafkaesque series of rules” that can come with pursuing an abortion. Another game, Choice: Texas,…

The US aid ban on groups that offer abortion services overseas has led to 40% higher abortion rates in sub-Saharan Africa, according to the largest empirical study of the Mexico City policy, published in the Lancet.  

Africa’s first summit aimed at ending female genital mutilation and child marriage in Dakar, Senegal this week brought calls to step up law enforcement and gain support from religious leaders.  

Female genital mutilation is happening on US soil—and bans on the practice have gotten weaker, not stronger, reports Milena Mikael-Debass. American FGM survivors from a range of backgrounds—from African and Asian diaspora communities to white Christian women—have broken…

Yesterday Alabama lawmakers passed the most restrictive abortion law in America, banning virtually all abortions with no exceptions for victims of rape and incest. Clashing with federal court rulings, Alabama’s law allows only abortions needed to save a mother’s life.   The…

No need to settle for a “manel”—now you can consult the 10,000-member strong Request a Woman Scientist international database to ensure a more diverse panel.   500 Women Scientists, a Boulder, Colorado nonprofit, created the database to allow users—not just conference…

The intensity, duration and high stakes of medical training compounds the risk of sexual misconduct. Supervisors have massive sway over med students’ careers, and fear of retribution means many victims don’t file sexual harassment complaints. “Women have been frozen out by…

In Benin’s commercial capital Cotonou, scores of young Nigerian girls wait to be sent to their new husbands, their families paid small dowries in exchange for their daughters. “But nobody knows the real intentions of the men who ‘commissioned’ these girls. Or if they exist…

Female genital schistosomiasisis is a neglected—but not uncommon—disease. The painful parasitic condition affects up to 10 million women and girls in Africa.   It’s also a cofactor for HIV/AIDS—responsible for up to a 3-4-fold increase in horizontal HIV transmission,…

As roses are handed out liberally today to mark International Women’s Day, the internet is also aflood with stories of women who know their work is far from finished. Among them: Ethiopian president Sahle-Work Zewde.