Unimaginable trauma of Yazidi women is heightened by fragile psychosocial support

Unimaginable trauma of Yazidi women is heightened by fragile psychosocial support

With potentially thousands more Yazidi women soon to be in her position, a young woman named Zara is asking the world not to abandon them. Arbitrary closures—such as one this month—of the limited places in Iraq remaining for survivors will strip women like Zara of the few comforts of home, and self, they have left. Photo at left by Caroline Gluck/EU/ECHO Read More »

How rape is used as ethnic cleansing from South Sudan to Burma

How rape is used as ethnic cleansing from South Sudan to Burma

The UN said in December that rape is now being used as a tool of ethnic cleansing in South Sudan, but we and others reported that two years ago. South Sudan may be the latest conflict in which women’s bodies are bearing the brunt of hatred, but it isn’t the first and is likely not the last. Here, Lauren Wolfe lists conflicts in which sexualized violence has been used to ethnically cleanse groups. Photo at left by JC McIlwaine. Read More »

For women in humanitarian crises, contraception is vital

For women in humanitarian crises, contraception is vital

Contraceptive choice must be a priority at the onset of emergencies. The consequences of its omission are not limited to maternal health—we risk missing an opportunity to provide women with what they actually want, which is a transformative element of control over their life amid chaos. We must conscientiously, significantly, and practically increase the attention paid to contraception. Photo at left by Lindsay Mgbor. Read More »

In South Sudan, prostituted women fight for survival

In South Sudan, prostituted women fight for survival

The ongoing war in South Sudan has caused the breakdown of traditional family structures, with neglect and abuse putting many of its citizens in desperate conditions. Bruno Bierrenbach Feder conducted a few visits to a brothel in the slums of the Gumbo area of Juba. His photos, shown here, illustrate the desperation in which some of the women live. Many of them, he says, hold on to the hope of a better life. Photo at left by Bruno Bierrenbach Feder. Read More »

Unimaginable trauma of Yazidi women is heightened by fragile psychosocial support

Unimaginable trauma of Yazidi women is heightened by fragile psychosocial support

By — January 20, 2017
In September 2016, when I arrived at a gloomy, two-star Econo Lodge hotel in Fort Lee, New Jersey, Daey*—which means “mother” in Kurdish—was sleeping. more »
In DRC, girls choose to become child soldiers to escape poverty

In DRC, girls choose to become child soldiers to escape poverty

By — January 6, 2017
Throughout the conflict in DRC, children have been abducted and made to serve as soldiers. While most are male, it is estimated over a third are female, used mainly as domestic and sexual servants, but sometimes as fighters. Now an NGO has released a report showing that many of the girls weren’t enlisted by force. They joined of their own free will—driven by poverty and a lack of access to education. more »
Trying to shut her up: Indigenous activist facing threats stands up for peace in Colombia

Trying to shut her up: Indigenous activist facing threats stands up for peace in Colombia

By — January 3, 2017
On April 20, Marcia Mejía Chirimia, 28, an indigenous Colombian peace and women’s rights activist, received a text message from someone she believes is a member of a paramilitary group. more »
For female detainees in Syria, life after prison can be even worse

For female detainees in Syria, life after prison can be even worse

By — December 22, 2016
When Luna Watfa refused to reveal any information to her interrogators, they took her son, 17, and threatened to torture him. “They put my son’s hands behind his back, his T-shirt over his head and they took him,” she says. more »
Rape is being used for ethnic cleansing in South Sudan. But it’s not the first place, or the last.

Rape is being used for ethnic cleansing in South Sudan. But it’s not the first place, or the last.

By — December 19, 2016
Wars fought because of ethnic hatred often seem to be more brutal than others. This is just a personal observation, having studied many. Just look at Rwanda, whose 1994 war saw between 250,000 and half a million women raped, often with objects and often publicly, in order to spread maximum humiliation and terror. more »

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