Needing numbers on rape in war (and why they’re hard to get)

Needing numbers on rape in war (and why they’re hard to get)

The number of women and girls surviving and dying from rape in war is countless largely because it has been uncounted. Jocelyn Brooks explores how little is known about the scope and nature of the injuries and deaths that result from rape in armed conflict. Gaps in knowledge persist today largely because of the obstacles that remain to gathering comprehensive and accurate data. Photo by Jonathan Torgovnik. Read More »

The pain of female genital mutilation is felt in the U.S., too

The pain of female genital mutilation is felt in the U.S., too

For survivors of female genital cutting, fleeing the country of their injury for a place like the United States can be a victory in and of itself. But it is often the beginning of a much longer struggle, one that entails reliving the very trauma they fled. In an immigration system that is increasingly under fire for its dysfunction, women whose asylum claims hinge on an experience with female genital cutting bear the burden of proof in their scars. Photo by Amnon Shavit. Read More »

Who killed the girls? In India,         a forgotten crime

Who killed the girls? In India,      a forgotten crime

Earlier this year, Indian newspapers ran front-page stories about two teenage girls who had been hanged in a mango tree. The public display caught the country’s attention. Media stories snowballed. Reporters did live updates from the same tree where the girls were hanged. Here, a riveting update on the case that includes interviews with the girls' fathers, at left, and the accused. Photo by Chitranjan Singh. Read More »

Carry that weight: A student protest highlights campus rape

Carry that weight: A student protest highlights campus rape

Emma Sulkowicz, a senior at New York’s Columbia University, has taken the publicity of her rape to another level. For her senior thesis, Sulkowicz, who was raped in her own dorm bed, is carrying the mattress around with her until her alleged rapist is expelled. With every step, she makes one more move toward becoming the face and name behind a developing fight for justice for women on college campuses across the United States. Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images. Read More »

The need for numbers on rape in war—and why they’re nearly impossible to get

The need for numbers on rape in war—and why they’re nearly impossible to get

By — November 13, 2014
Countless women and girls have been raped to death, held as sexual slaves, gang raped, and subjected to sexual mutilation in conflicts during the last century—in the Rwandan genocide, the Nanking massacre, the war in the former Yugoslavia, Sierra Leone’s civil war, and Burma’s long-running armed conflict, to name a few. more »
Left behind: Inheritance practice in West Africa leaves women with nothing

Left behind: Inheritance practice in West Africa leaves women with nothing

By — November 5, 2014
Bimbatta Niamey, a poised and soft-spoken woman from West Africa’s Burkina Faso, was suddenly stripped of all her stability and left to rebuild her life alone in December 2012, when her husband died of liver complications. The family of her husband, who was a chauffeur, immediately withdrew her entire savings while she cared for him. more »
The pain of female genital mutilation is felt in the U.S., too

The pain of female genital mutilation is felt in the U.S., too

By — October 27, 2014
Her father helped her escape. He knew if she stayed in Ivory Coast, she’d be married against her will as a teenager, her genitals ritualistically cut, raped by her husband, and forced to bear his children. Her life as she knew it would end. She left for New York, where her father thought she would be safe. Now the U.S. immigration system wants to send her back. She is 16 years old. more »
From civil rights to Ferguson: What’s missing in media coverage of police violence

From civil rights to Ferguson: What’s missing in media coverage of police violence

By — October 16, 2014
Anyone watching the news this past August could think they’d been transported back to Montgomery, Georgia, circa 1954. Darren Wilson, a white police officer, had shot dead 18-year-old black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Images of police in riot gear unleashing dogs and water cannons on protesters dominated every TV network. Violence between demonstrators and police erupted in the small town. more »
Who killed the girls? In India, a forgotten crime

Who killed the girls? In India, a forgotten crime

By — October 2, 2014
On May 28, 2014, most Indian newspapers ran front-page stories about two teenage girls, cousins, who had been hanged in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh after being allegedly gang-raped. Some papers also printed the disturbing image of the girls’ bodies hanging from a mango tree in their village. The public display of the young girls, wearing blood-stained clothes and riddled with thorns, caught India’s attention. more »

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