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Interview: MSF Doctor on Afghanistan's Steep Challenges to Women's Health

Bamiyan, 2009: An Afghan midwife helps a mother nurse her newborn baby at the Bamiyan Provincial hospital. Photo featured in the ART WORKS exhibition
Policy

Severine Caluwaerts of Médecins Sans Frontières explains why women's health is such an uphill struggle in Afghanistan. In-person appearance at Asia Society New York this Thursday, October 3.

A Brutal Gang Rape, and India's 'Purdah' Problem

Indian protestors march behind a banner as they take part in a candlelight procession in Guwahati on December 29, 2012, after the death of a gang rape victim from the Indian capital New Delhi. (STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

"A purdah mentality still dogs Indian society," writes Mira Kamdar. "A woman who can be seen is seen as a woman available for violation."

Photos/Video: Oscar Winners Speak at Asia Society in New York

Asia Society Asia 21 Fellow Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (L) and Daniel Junge, directors of the Oscar-winning documentary short 'Saving Face' at Asia Society New York on March 5, 2012. (Suzanna Finley)
Multimedia

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Daniel Junge won Academy Awards for their 2011 documentary short 'Saving Face,' which addresses the sensitive topic of acid attacks against women in Pakistan.

Interview: Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, the First Pakistani Oscar Nominee

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy (C) filming 'Saving Face' in the south of Punjab, Pakistan. (Sharmeen Obaid Films)
Lifestyle

The Asia Society Associate Fellow says winning an Academy Award would allow "people to see a different side of Pakistan, even if it is just for one night."

'Eve-teasing' Murders Spark Public Outrage in India, Social Media

Lifestyle

The deaths of two young boys who were murdered after defending their female friends, has sparked outrage in India and over the Internet. (Photo circulating through Social Media)

Asia-Pacific Women Make Big Gains on Forbes 'Most Powerful' List

Clockwise, from upper left: Indra Nooyi; Julia Gillard; Yingluck Shinawatra; Aung San Suu Kyi.
Lifestyle

Are Asia-Pacific women becoming more powerful? Or is the rest of the world finally just taking notice? If you take stock in lists like Forbes' "World's Most Powerful Women" — and we know that you do — it appears women from the region are increasingly considered forces to be reckoned with.

Vishakha Desai's Top Five Books on Asian Women

Asia Society President Vishakha Desai.
Arts

Asia Society's President recommends five books on the role of women in Asia past and present. 

Asia Needs More Women Leaders

Asia Society President Vishakha Desai speaks at Asia Society's Women Leaders of New Asia summit in Singapore on April 2, 2011.
Lifestyle

Asia Society President Vishakha Desai's Op-Ed in the Huffington Post.

For the 21st Century: More Female Voices at the Table

Asia Society President Vishakha Desai
Policy

On March 8, 2011 over 100 countries celebrated International Women's Day, and throughout March, hundreds of events will not only mark the accomplishments of women but also raise awareness about women’s rights issues.

While celebrating and reflecting, Asia Society President Vishakha Desai says we must also "remind ourselves of the dramatically changed context of the world in the early decades of the 21st century and its implications for women."

Asia Society Panel to Discuss the Future of Afghan Women

A burqa-clad Afghan woman walks on a street in Kabul on August 10, 2010. (Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)
Lifestyle

The Asia Society in Northern California will host a discussion on the challenges that women face in both Afghanistan and South Asia.