The Index: The Cost of Violence Against Women

The Index: The Cost of Violence Against Women

Violence against women has a heavy price—an actual dollar amount—that is shocking. We've gathered some stats that may surprise you: There are losses throughout the legal and health care sectors due to domestic and sexualized violence, as well as massive amounts of lost personal income. The costs vary around the world, but the message is the same: Hurting women hurts us all, even financially. Read More »

Everyday life in Juárez, one of the most violent cities on earth

Everyday life in Juárez, one of the most violent cities on earth

The year photographer Itzel Aguilera moved to the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juárez in 2008, it achieved notoriety as the most violent city in the world. Living there with her husband and daughters, Aguilera felt unsafe. As news of the outside world filtered into the warm cocoon of home she was faced with a dilemma: How do you capture lives in a place of violence yet show that these lives don't consist of only violent acts? Photo by Aguilera. Read More »

In Iraq, women ‘are the battlefield’

In Iraq, women ‘are the battlefield’

An Iraqi activist says she has seen firsthand how women’s bodies have become collateral damage in the fighting in Iraq, where more than 5,600 civilians have been killed in violence this year. In addition to constant shelling and terror, there are reports of torture, beheading, and even crucifixion. As the violence rages on, refugees have survived the unthinkable. Left, civilians flee violence in the city of Mosul in July. Photo by ActiveStills. Read More »

Why soldiers rape — and when they don’t — in diagrams

Why soldiers rape — and when they don’t — in diagrams

A main part of our work here at WMC’s Women Under Siege has been to document specifically how sexualized violence has been utilized against women and men in conflicts—what are the reasons behind it and how do they differ from country to country, region to region, group to group? We've got some new graphics depicting how rape is used in war...and when it isn't. Read More »

Photos: Everyday life in Juárez, one of the most violent cities on earth

Photos: Everyday life in Juárez, one of the most violent cities on earth

By — August 22, 2014
The year photographer Itzel Aguilera moved to the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juárez in 2008, it achieved notoriety as the most violent city in the world. Living there with her husband and daughters Valeria, 6, and Dalia, 7 months old, Aguilera, who is 43, was starting to feel unsafe. more »
The Index: The Cost of Violence Against Women

The Index: The Cost of Violence Against Women

By — August 21, 2014
Cost of sexualized and domestic violence in the U.S. estimated per year in 2003, in billions: 5.8 ... Overall cost of health care in this estimate, in billions: 4.1 ... Cost of rape in this estimate, in millions: 319 ... more »
In Iraq, women ‘are the battlefield’

In Iraq, women ‘are the battlefield’

By — August 12, 2014
Yanar Mohammed’s voice is shaky when she picks up the phone. It is noticeable. She apologizes and takes a quick second to compose herself. She has been unnerved by something she just saw on television. more »
Indian government fails acid attack survivors, activists say

Indian government fails acid attack survivors, activists say

By — August 8, 2014
In India, the battle for justice is on many fronts for women who survive acid attacks. They continue, in part, because the government has failed to regulate the sales of acid and police have repeatedly failed to even take reports of attacks. So beyond the punishment of specific perpetrators, activists and survivors are fighting to obtain compensation from the government—and rehabilitation. more »
The long and lonely fight: Q&A with Indian tribal rights activist Soni Sori

The long and lonely fight: Q&A with Indian tribal rights activist Soni Sori

By — July 29, 2014
In a crowded auditorium at a conference on gender-based violence in Delhi this month, a frail woman sits silently. When the discussion shifts to atrocities on tribal women, she takes center stage. When she speaks, the crowd listens in silence. Soni Sori, a schoolteacher, speaks about the fate of women in Chhattisgarh, an Indian state that has been engulfed in violence and conflict. more »

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