- Reprivatized Womanhood: Changing Gender Discourse in Contemporary Urban China
Urban Chinese women face mounting challenges in the contemporary era of "reprivatized womanhood." But it was not always that way.
- Boys and Girls Are Born Equal: The Power of Challenging Gender Norms Early in Life
A program in India is working to redefine masculinity and the way that children think about their roles in society.
- Does India Really Need a Women-centric Bank?
With plenty of banks and microfinance services already available, does India's new bank have the right strategy to empower poor and rural women?
- Now They're Cooking: SolSource Harnesses the Himalayan Sun
With a solar cooker designed through community consultation, two young innovators are delivering clean energy to remote mountain villages, as well as your backyard BBQ.
- A Dangerous Dance in Modern Iran
Any stirring of excitement about change in Iran needs to be tempered by the reality that change will never come from the current leadership.
- New Family Planning Technologies Expand Options for Women
New sexual and reproductive health innovations have the potential to revolutionize options for women by diversifying delivery forms, varying product duration, and targeting multiple health risks simultaneously.
- Buds of Hope
With technical assistance from a local NGO, poor farmers in Maharashtra have been able to supplement their seasonal income by cultivating organic jasmine buds.
- Banking on Themselves: Self-Help Groups Empower Poor Rural Women
Microfinance groups have helped the women of Chimbali village overcome the constraints of physical access to banks, lack of education, and social taboos to build vibrant lives.
- Policy Simulations Could Help Combat Sex Trafficking
Through virtual simulation of anti-trafficking policies, enforcement agencies would get a better grasp on how to target their efforts.
- Fruits of Our Labor
Through cultivation of organic mango orchards, Adivasi families in India have been able to build sustainable income and supply the processed-food markets.
- New Reproductive Technologies Are Not a Panacea
Investing in the future of women would have been more expensive than providing methods for reducing their numbers, and it would have taken longer to yield results, but it would have been a good in itself.
- Valid Solutions for Malnutrition
Health and nutrition pioneer Steve Collins is building a social enterprise to battle severe acute malnutrition with ready-to-use therapeutic foods grown and manufactured in the developing world.
- Islands of Inertia
In the wake of Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan's victory over Ichiro Ozawa for control of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, is more inertia in store for economically stagnant Japan? Devin Stewart interviews Jeffrey Kingston on his new book Contemporary Japan.
- A Chance to Dream
The Shanti Bhavan school helped erase my illiteracy through an education not confined to the pages of a textbook; an education demanding open-mindedness; an education not tainted by prejudices based on gender or caste.
- Afghan Women: Artfully Unforgotten
Afghan women are the last ones to see themselves as merely victims. The creative nonprofit Artfully Unforgotten helps tell their stories of resilience through artistic media.
- Rage against Virtual Rape
It is up to the Japanese to decide what regulations the nation wants to prescribe for sex industry software.
- Confronting Culture in Congo
It is high time the international community confront the elephant in the room when talking about Congo and violence against women worldwide -- culture.
- Beauty Salons Nailed for Labor Violations
Two-thirds of beauty salons have recently instituted green and sustainable practices to protect staff health, but in an industry attractive to immigrants there is a need for workers to speak out about labor rights.
- Wise Power: How an aging Japan can maintain influence
Soft power is an aging Japan's best path to maintain international influence.
- Understanding Election Twitter
How does what happens online translate into pressure on leadership, and influence policy outcomes? This summer's major elections in India, Iran, and Indonesia show that we need to understand the relationship between search trending, social network perspectives, and political behavior.