An action shot of a woman playing soccer
As women’s soccer was drawing more and more fans, the players were stepping up their fight against gender discrimination in the sport. But just a year later, the game’s visibility — and its journey toward equity — has been stopped in its tracks.
A woman and a man sit in chairs in front of the New Zealand and Australian flags
New Zealand is “halfway down Everest,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said of the country’s battle with the coronavirus. New Zealand, Taiwan, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway all have notably low rates of fatalities and Germany stands out in central Europe for its low death rate. The seven countries have something else in common: All are led by women. Is it a coincidence or are women leaders better at managing the coronavirus?
A person in a hoodie turned away from the camera speaks on a cell phone
Many people who identify as LGBTQ are experiencing lockdown differently than their heterosexual peers — especially those stuck in homophobic homes. And LGBTQ organizations around the world are seeing significant upticks in calls for help.  
A woman speaks behind a table
The archbishop of the Church of Uganda has broken with tradition to publicly urge women to use birth control to avoid getting pregnant during the pandemic.
Kirsty Duncan and her husband, Adam, on their wedding day.
Thousands of women may lose out on their chance to have a baby as fertility clinics across Britain shut their doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A woman walks inside a medical center that deals with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing in Idlib, Syria, April 13, 2020.
COVID-19 is a threat for many refugee camps across the world. Sanitary conditions are typically not ideal and social distancing is nearly impossible. But at two camps in northern Syria, residents face the virus as well as stigmatization tied to their lives under ISIS. 
Rohingya refugees walk along the road in the evening at Balukhali camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Nov. 16, 2018. 
If there is a COVID-19 outbreak in overcrowded Rohingya refugee camps, the success of the response may depend in part on the status of women in the camps.
A Buddhist nun sits in front of the Taj Mahal
Buddhists believe the path to enlightenment requires periods of detachment from the world — so self-quarantine offers an opportunity. Karma Lekshe Tsomo, a Buddhist nun and social activist, speaks with The World's Marco Werman about the role of meditation and reflection during the spread of COVID-19.
two women pose for a photo with a dog in the snow.
With their nearest neighbor about 100 miles away and with no running water or electricity, two citizen scientists have discovered a few tricks for coping.
Women wearing protective masks travel in a metro train during a partial lockdown imposed to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Moscow, Russia, on April 2, 2020.
Millions of people across the world have been ordered to stay home under the assumption that home is the safest place for them. That's not the case for people who are now stuck at home with their abusers. A network of women's organizations in Europe explains how groups are stepping in to help domestic violence survivors.