WomenStrong in the News

  • Medium August 28, 2019

    “Back to School:” A Very Heavy Lift, for Far Too Many Children

    At what can be a joyous back-to-school moment, replete with snaps of proud parents, beautiful children in new school shoes and gleaming, expectant faces crowding into class pictures, it’s worth reflecting on five threats to children’s right to learn, and on how lucky those of us are who have been free and able to educate our own. Read about the five threats here.

  • Medium August 19, 2019

    Leave No Hate Behind

    In this poignant piece, Dr. Susan Blaustein explores the "epidemic of hate" in our country and its relationship to gun violence. Learn more about how we can rise as a nation against this epidemic. Here are Susan's recommended next steps:

  • Medium June 3, 2019

    Global Reproductive Justice in 2019: Our Very Survival Depends on It

    With America choking off access state by state to reproductive health care for millions of women, it’s hard to think beyond these infringements on our own rights to think about the state of reproductive justice in the rest of the world. Yet, globally, there’s much to celebrate. Read about it here!

  • Medium May 10, 2019

    This Mother’s Day, Reproductive Justice for All American Women

    This Mother’s Day, it’s time we own up: we do not have reproductive justice in America. Just in time to celebrate all moms, the Center for Disease Control has issued a new study confirming shocking racial disparities in maternal mortality in the United States, with African American women dying in childbirth at 3–4 times the rate of white women. In New York City, Washington, DC, New Jersey, and states resisting Medicaid expansion, the disparity is at least twice that.

  • TV-PIX 11 May 7, 2019

    The Women's eNews 21 Leaders for the 21st Century Gala

    New York's WPIX 11 highlights the "21 Leaders for the 21st Century" awards, given by Women's eNews. Honored to have WomenStrong International founder Dr. Susan Blaustein recognized among so many distinguished champions for women's equality.

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  • Medium April 23, 2019

    The World’s Girls Take on Climate Change

    How can adults help support the youth climate action movement this Earth Day? “As the parents, elders, and teachers of these brave young people, we also have the knowledge and power to help them refine their arguments and gather the evidence that will make them effective citizen scientists, as well as climate activists.”

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  • Women's E-News March 5, 2019

    Women's E-News Honors WomenStrong Founder and Executive Director Dr. Susan M. Blaustein

    Women's E-News announces Dr. Susan M. Blaustein as an honoree at this annual

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  • Bustle Magazine February 12, 2019

    ‘You’ & ‘The Ted Bundy Tapes’ Reveal A Scary But Misunderstood Truth About Abuse

    Two of the most talked about shows on Netflix have something very creepy in common: they are crime series focusing on abusive men who appear to be charming, handsome, and completely ‘normal.' WomenStrong Executive Director Dr. Susan M. Blaustein helps unpack the scary reality behind some of the tropes in trending entertainment. Read more in the latest from Bustle Magazine.

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  • Ban Ki-moon Centre October 30, 2018

    Chelsea Clinton and Susan Blaustein receive the ‘Ban Ki-moon Award for Women’s Empowerment’

    At the 17th Annual Asia Initiatives Gala on October 18th, 2018 in New York, US, Vice President Chelsea Clinton of Clinton Foundation and Susan Blaustein, Founder and Executive Director of WomenStrong International were conferred the ‘Ban Ki-moon Award for Women’s Empowerment’ created in recognition of Ban Ki-moon’s leadership in support of women’s rights and gender equity.

    At the 17th Annual Asia Initiatives Gala on October 18th, 2018 in New York, US, Vice President Chelsea Clinton of Clinton Foundation and Susan Blaustein, Founder and Executive Director of WomenStrong International were conferred the ‘Ban Ki-moon Award for Women’s Empowerment’ created in recognition of Ban Ki-moon’s leadership in support of women’s rights and gender equity.
  • The Hindu May 28, 2018

    Showing the right legal recourse is her forte: This volunteer helps the needy in getting justice

    India's second largest English-language newspaper, The Hindu, recognizes the critically important work being done by the DHAN Foundation's Legal Aid Clinic and its dedicated volunteers. This WomenStrong-supported initiative helps women and girls understand and pursue their rights under Indian law.

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  • Changemaker Chats March 21, 2018

    Changemaker Chat D.C. Recap

    Check out the highlights from Dr. Susan Blaustein's recent Changemaker Chat on International Women's Day.

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  • Devex March 12, 2018

    Bringing health care on foot to women in Haiti

    Devex profiles WomenStrong International Consortium Member H.O.P.E., highlighting their work improving access to rural populations in Haiti.

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  • Devex March 8, 2018

    Opinion: Safe infrastructure means safer women — and it's our job to say so

    At this raw and anxious geopolitical moment, those of us in the development community can probably agree that violence against women and girls takes place all over the world and that something must be done to stop it.

    WomenStrong consortium members working in the Manyatta slums, Kisumu, Kenya.
  • The Women's Eye Radio March 6, 2018

    WomenStrong International Founder Dr. Susan Blaustein Launches Safe Cities for Women Campaign

    Tune in to Stacey’s brand new interview on The Women’s Eye Radio with Dr. Susan Blaustein, the founder and Executive Director of WomenStrong International, an organization dedicated to eradicating urban poverty in Ghana, India, Haiti, Kenya and the United States.

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  • Huffington Post January 4, 2018

    Women’s Work in 2018: Simply Changing the World!

    Forced to forage within a cramped universe of career opportunities, women still work without equal pay, care for their families with no pay at all, and lack ownership of their bank accounts, property, even their bodies.

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  • The Times of India December 18, 2017

    Civic body to encourage rooftop rainwater harvesting

    Partnering with Dhan Foundation, the Madurai civic body has planned to seriously encourage rooftop harvesting of rainwater on under-construction residential buildings as that could go a long way in minimising potable water shortage in the area.

  • Huffington Post December 14, 2017

    10 Years of Hard Work, Smart Partners, and Vision: What It Takes to Save Newborn Lives

    Women’s Health to Wealth has helped reduce by 70 percent the neonatal mortality rate across Ghana’s Ashanti region from a sky-high 53 percent average in 2007 to 16 percent in 2017.

    Miracle in Kumasi: Born at 30 weeks and frail at just 3 pounds, Baby Amina and her mother lived for several weeks in the hospital, where they practiced Kangaroo Mother Care and the baby could heal from infection. Now in stable condition, mother and baby have recently gone home.
  • Huffington Post October 11, 2017

    Education Matters. Even for Girls.

    Education matters. A girl deprived of her education is a violation of her fundamental rights. t’s also a direct threat to her health and the health of those around her.

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  • Huffington Post September 18, 2017

    Global Education is a Humanitarian Emergency

    As the United Nations convenes its 72nd General Assembly in New York City, most American children are bringing home first assignments and exhilarated accounts of colorful teachers, classmates and schoolyard incidents.

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  • Next Billion August 29, 2017

    Empowering the Period: How Erasing the Menstruation Taboo Can Fight Extreme Poverty

    Educated girls have smaller families and raise healthier and better-educated children. But a lack of supplies, toilets and privacy, compounded by fear and shame in an atmosphere that stigmatizes menstruation, prevent many impoverished girls from attending school once they reach puberty.

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  • Darling Magazine August 20, 2017

    Darling High Fives / No. 4

    Periods are a fact of life, but for women and girls without healthy menstrual necessities, a period can also mean a barrier to success. In pursuit of “empowering the period,” WomenStrong International educates women in countries like Ghana, Haiti, India, Kenya and parts of the United States on period and birth health, menstrual pads and gaining access to “basic facilities” like school toilets.

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  • Huffington Post July 18, 2017

    Period Politics: How Powerful Men Limit Girls’ Education through their Unrelenting Control of Women’s Bodies

    How is it that our world leaders, nearly all of them male, continue to allow nearly a third of the world’s girls to be out of school, and a tenth of those in school to miss schooling during their menstrual cycles?

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  • Huffington Post May 9, 2017

    On this Mother’s Day, Send that Bouquet and a Shoutout to Science

    To celebrate mothers on this Mother’s Day, we need to talk about science. The words “Mother’s Day” and “science” might not readily associate in our minds. But without serious science, and the discernment, discovery, financing, testing and scale that scientific research requires, mothers everywhere, especially poor mothers, will continue to die needlessly.

    A woman holds her baby at a health clinic in Haiti.
  • Huffington Post April 28, 2017

    An Ingenious Tool for Empowering Women and Girls: Social Capital Credits

    Everyone thinking about sustainable development understands by now that women’s economic empowerment is key to global progress, with heightened incomes spent directly on improving family health, nutrition and education that can pave the way to better jobs and integration into the formal economy.

  • Huffington Post March 7, 2017

    Women’s Day Tip: For a 600% ROI, Invest in Educating Girls

    “Education is the civil rights issue of our time,” said the new American president last week at a state-funded religious school in Florida. You can say that again – grotesque disparities in access to a quality education because of gender, race, ethnicity, religion and income level reflect equally gross disparities in rights. When a girl or boy is denied a good education, she or he is denied the right to grow, learn, earn, engage as an active citizen and realize her or his full human potential.

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  • Rutgers October 13, 2016

    Teaching Toolbox

    Whether you’re a teacher, a group leader, or an interested parent or friend, these tools will help you bring women’s political history and leadership into classrooms, youth programs, field trips, and beyond.

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  • Huffington Post October 4, 2016

    Prioritizing Maternal And Newborn Survival: Time To Look To The Developing World For Affordable Solutions

    With America unique among developed and most developing countries in its rising maternal mortality, it’s especially encouraging to see significant progress in mothers’ and newborn survival in sites across the developing world.

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  • Women Deliver June 27, 2016

    10 New Short Films on Girls and Women’s Rights, Health and Wellbeing Worldwide

    10 short films that shed light on different aspects of girls’ and women’s opportunities and challenges in a structurally unequal world.

  • Women Deliver June 15, 2016

    Let’s Talk About Sex: Why Do We Need Good Sex Education?

    Liz Ford discusses what young people should be taught, when sex education should start and asks, what does comprehensive sexuality education actually mean?

  • The Guardian June 13, 2016

    India counts the cost of trying to solve its drinking problem

    WomenStrong's supported At Sellur Vattara Kalinjiyam, a women’s rights organisation in Madurai, is collecting signatures on petition to close government liquor stores

  • Huffington Post April 29, 2016

    An Ingenious Tool for Empowering Women and Girls: Social Capital Credits

    Adopted in concert with savings programs, financial literacy training and mentoring, SoCCs works to help groups of women see, often for the first time, the value of their unpaid labor.

    Dr. Susan M. Blaustein, Founder and Executive Director of WomenStrong International
  • Huffington Post March 7, 2016

    Increasing Women's Financial Freedom Spurs Economic Empowerment Community-Wide

    Beyond ensuring their decent health, safe shelter and education, women’s economic empowerment is the proven key to victory over extreme urban poverty.

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  • Huffington Post February 22, 2016

    Women's Empowerment Begins with Assuring Our Girls' Right to Eat

    How the Dhan Foundation used women's groups and health education to empower at-risk women in India.

  • Medium January 25, 2016

    Anemia is Sexist

    WomenStrong International's "Empower" project in India screens and treats thousands of young girls for anemia.

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  • Medium January 6, 2016

    A Reset for America: Compassion and Justice in 2016

    WomenStrong Executive Director Dr. Susan M. Blaustein on approaching 2016 without hate or hesitation.

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  • Huffington Post January 5, 2016

    From Hate to Hope: A Roadmap for 2016

    In the coming year, we must reassert our common humanity by supporting women and girls worldwide.

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  • Huffington Post October 14, 2015

    Debate Gut Check: Which Presidential Wanna Be Will Stand Up for Girls?

    As debate watchers and prospective voters, let's evaluate candidates on their commitment to America's most vulnerable as a measure of their fitness to serve.

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  • Huffington Post June 30, 2015

    Steps Forward in Haiti, Steps Backward at Home

    Dr. Susan M. Blaustein reacts to proposed cuts to Title X funding which would deprive America's most vulnerable of the same care available to Haiti's poorest communities.

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  • Huffington Post June 1, 2015

    First Step to Prevent Sexual Abuse: Redefine “Safety” to Include Women and Girls

    To create neighborhoods safe for women and girls, it is time to redefine "safety" at home and abroad.

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