Writings

We Can’t Ignore Refugees’ Sexual Health

Girls and women should feel empowered As I recently saw in Jordan, Turkey and Ukraine, refugees need a chaos-free, safe place to live. They need to eat and drink. Their children need schooling. They exercise and relax. They paint, cook, act, sing, dance, do yoga and shop. They also become intimate. Girls and women become […]

Ebola and health care’s ‘Achilles’ heel’

Editor’s note: Ashley Judd is an actor, author, advocate and global ambassador for Population Services International, a global health organization, http://www.psi.org/ and Karl Hofmann is the president and CEO of PSI. Follow Ashley Judd on Twitter at @AshleyJudd and Karl Hofmann at @KarlHofmannPSI (CNN) — The first case of Ebola in the United States was […]

The Conversation

The Conversation about women’s bodies exists largely outside of us, while it is also directed at (and marketed to) us, and used to define and control us. The Conversation about women happens everywhere, publicly and privately. We are described and detailed, our faces and bodies analyzed and picked apart, our worth ascertained and ascribed based on the reduction of personhood to simple physical objectification. Our voices, our personhood, our potential, and our accomplishments are regularly minimized and muted.

Electronics Fuel Unspeakable Violence

An Op/Ed for CNN

A silver lining has emerged in the dark clouds that have hung over eastern Congo for the last 15 years saturated with human rights atrocities. A bill recently passed in Congress and signed by President Obama has targeted the deadly trade in conflict minerals originating from the Congo — tin, tungsten and tantalum — that power our cell phones, laptops and other electronic devices while fueling the deadliest war in the world.