CASABLANCA—Ibtissam remembers the laughter, the music, the henna-stained hands of the women lined up to welcome a newlywed couple in her neighbor’s home in Safi, a city in Western Morocco: “It felt like a party.”

Throughout the US, it’s legal for medical students to perform pelvic exams on unconscious women without obtaining explicit consent. Legal frameworks vary. Some teaching hospitals have implied consent while other institutions have hazy policies allowing physicians to…

At 49%, Indonesia’s rate of female circumcision is the third highest in the world—despite laws banning the practice.   What keeps it going? In Indonesia, female genital mutilation is rooted as much in family tradition as in religion, according to new research from Gajah…

A once-promising HIV vaccine candidate is dead in the water after a major human trial showed it worked no better than the placebo, Bhekisisa reports.  

South Korean YouTubers have divided the country by vowing to reject sex, babies, and marriage.   Their SOLOdarity movement may sound extreme, but it reflects a growing trend of South Korean women rejecting the trappings of traditional family life. It’s bad timing for a…

After almost 40% of women trainees reported being sexually harassed on the job, the NIH pledged to rethink its policies.   People with disabilities, young women and LGBT+ people were most vulnerable.   A working group report urged speedy reforms, like establishing safe…

75% of Ethiopian women and girls can’t access menstruation supplies.    When Freweini Mebrahtu moved to the US, she noted an “overwhelming” bounty of disposable supplies. So, she designed a cheaper, reusable pad that has helped nearly 800,000 girls and women.    “The whole…

53 million more women have gained access to modern since Family Planning 2020 launched in 2012, according to the group’s new progress report—with the sharpest increases in Eastern and Southern Africa.  

In Afghanistan, women who fail to bleed on their wedding night, are seen walking with men, or anger their families—all could be subjected to virginity tests. Virtually all the women and girls arrested for “moral crimes” in Afghanistan were subjected to virginity…

Venezuela’s women suffer inordinate horrors as conditions further deteriorate in the country. NGOs report a 50% increase in female homicides in the last year. In Colombia—the closest remaining refuge for fleeing migrants—Venezuelan women are often exploited for sex work.…