Global events for International Women’s Day on March 9 emphasized the pressing need for women’s rights advocacy. In Washington, D.C., Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held the International Women of Courage Award ceremony on March 11 with First Lady Michelle Obama, honoring eight women who have stood out in the global fight for women’s rights.
President Obama's recent hints that he is considering negotiations with moderate Taliban groups may work against the already-tenuous state of women's rights in Afghanistan.
As the international community increasingly critiques Pakistan’s decision to draft a ceasefire with the Taliban in Swat, President Asif Ali Zardari has emerged to defend his decision to negotiate with the militants.
Rising violence and rape of women top the list of human rights abuses in Afghanistan in the UN’s annual report, which was released on March 5.