Less than 350 days till it’s #16Days again! Until then, some thoughts to keep you going

Less than 350 days till it’s #16Days again! Until then, some thoughts to keep you going

Following the end of the #16Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, we here at WMC’s Women Under Siege have gathered some of the best tweets out there in the hope that this action, this dialogue, this advocacy doesn’t stop here. We can do more. We must. Photo by Nobel Women. Read More »

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 »

Less than 350 days to go till it’s #16Days again! Some thoughts to keep you going till then

By — December 12, 2014
Following the end of the #16Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, WMC’s Women Under Siege has gathered some of the best tweets out there in the hope that this action, this dialogue, this advocacy doesn’t stop here. We can do more. We must. more »
The missing group of victims in conflict-related violence

The missing group of victims in conflict-related violence

By — December 11, 2014
At the age of 18, Leyla’s three-year lesbian relationship was discovered. She ran away to Baghdad from her home in the conservative Iraqi city of Basra, though her girlfriend wasn’t able to escape. Staying behind turned out to be deadly. more »
Can media keep violence against women in focus for at least #16Days?

Can media keep violence against women in focus for at least #16Days?

By — November 24, 2014
With the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence starting tomorrow, November 25, I thought I’d share some of my favorite recent reads on gender-based violence, whether close to home or far afield. 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 »

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