Denying basic human rights, Italy to deport dozens of trafficked Nigerian women

Denying basic human rights, Italy to deport dozens of trafficked Nigerian women

The Italian government "seems to be supporting traffickers more than victims" with the deportations of dozens of Nigerian women. There are at least 65 Nigerian women who have fled Boko Haram’s violence locked inside a Rome detention center—and 40 of them are going to be deported. In Italy, there is a human rights crisis hidden in plain sight. Photo at left by Giacomo Zandonini. Read More »

In Mexico journalist murder, 4 women raped, killed too—then media calls them promiscuous

In Mexico journalist murder, 4 women raped, killed too—then media calls them promiscuous

“Who Killed Rúben Espinosa?” read headlines throughout Mexico after the brutal murder of five people in Mexico City. But in the glare of media over the death of journalist Espinosa four women lay raped and killed in his shadow. Then the media painted the women as partiers and prostitutes. A look at Mexico's culture of femicide—the murder of women because they are women. Photo at left by Alice Driver. Read More »

The missing women of the Mediterranean refugee crisis

The missing women of the Mediterranean refugee crisis

While the media in the U.S. is sporadically covering the major, ongoing refugee crisis in the Mediterranean, why do we so rarely hear about the women who make this perilous boat journey? Why do we never see their faces? Lauren Wolfe reports from refugee landing sites in Italy to try to get a better picture of what women are enduring. And the violence at every step of the way is staggering. Photo by Lauren Wolfe. Read More »

Timeline: How media are doing on coverage of women & IS

Timeline: How media are doing on coverage of women & IS

The news has been rife for a year with stories of Western women joining Islamic State and the kidnapping and rape of Yazidi women. But the coverage has been uneven, with many more stories looking at the “jihadi brides” rather than the mass violence being perpetrated against women. Our new, interactive timeline shows how the narrative has developed over time, and where it has fallen short. Read More »

Denying basic human rights, Italy to deport dozens of Nigerian women tortured and trafficked

Denying basic human rights, Italy to deport dozens of Nigerian women tortured and trafficked

By — September 3, 2015
I’d been working on a short radio story for the July 30 UN World Day Against Trafficking in Persons when I realized that the fight against human trafficking in my country, Italy, has become a disaster. more »
A global look at where women can turn after rape

A global look at where women can turn after rape

By — August 27, 2015
For women, the world might feel like it’s slowly becoming worse. Earlier this month, the UN announced that four peacekeepers in the Central African Republic have been accused of raping two women and an underage girl, as well as a 12-year-old girl. Last month, four women were raped and killed in Mexico City. And then there’s Syria, where reports keep emerging of how Islamic State militants justify raping women and children. more »
Four women were also raped and killed in Mexico journalist murder—but media calls them promiscuous

Four women were also raped and killed in Mexico journalist murder—but media calls them promiscuous

By — August 19, 2015
“Who Killed Rúben Espinosa?” read headlines throughout Mexico after the brutal murder of five people in Mexico City. On July 31, the victims were found in an apartment the Narvarte neighborhood of Mexico City. more »
‘I thought that happens to other people’: Being trafficked without knowing it

‘I thought that happens to other people’: Being trafficked without knowing it

By — August 7, 2015
When I met Sophie Otiende, she was running late. I had reached out to her in December 2014 while I was in Nairobi doing research for a film about sex trafficking. Sophie and her boyfriend, Jakob Christensen, are volunteers at the anti-trafficking nonprofit HAART Kenya and had agreed to meet me for dinner. But as time wore on, I was beginning to think I’d been stood up. more »
We asked people on camera about ‘privilege.’ They told us about rape.

We asked people on camera about ‘privilege.’ They told us about rape.

By — July 30, 2015
A few months ago, an Indian-American Hindu, a Christian Armenian-American, an American Jew, and a Muslim Pakistani-American filmed 22 strangers addressing questions about their experiences regarding gender, race, and wealth. We wanted to produce a website of short videos that explore the concept of “privilege.” more »

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