How do you stop rape in a broken state? Somalia is trying

How do you stop rape in a broken state? Somalia is trying

Sexualized violence in Somalia has become an alarming issue following years of conflict in the country. Armed gunmen beat, rape, shoot, and stab women and girls with complete impunity. But finally there is hope manifesting at a national, legal level. The Somali Sexual Offenses Bill aims to address the narrow scope of existing legislation on sexualized violence in the country. Photo at left by Teresa Krug. Read More »

Pushed and pulled: The lure for Western women to join ISIS

Pushed and pulled: The lure for Western women to join ISIS

According to one recent study, more than 500 women from Western countries have traveled to join the extremists in Iraq and Syria. Usually these women are lumped together as "female recruits," but how do the differences between these would-be female jihadis help us understand this phenomenon of young women leaving their families to join a terrorist group? Photo at left by the Anadolu Agency. Read More »

Unexpected forms of violence plague women in Congo

Unexpected forms of violence plague women in Congo

Sexual exploitation in Congo’s mineral trade takes on a whole other form than what you might think, experts say, with women being raped for slave wage and forced into prostitution. Until the full picture becomes known, solutions to better the lives of Congolese women are by default going to remain misguided. Lauren Wolfe takes a look at what women are really enduring in the world's poorest country. Photo at left by Malcolm Linton for Getty Images. Read More »

Infographic: Rape in war, by the numbers

Infographic: Rape in war, by the numbers

It is nearly impossible to know exact—or often even ballpark—numbers of women raped in conflict. There’s too much in the way: the murder of victims after rape (aka the destruction of evidence), deep stigma that prevents reporting, fear of retribution by either the perpetrators or the survivor’s family. Women have no reason to come forward. But over time, some have. And the numbers, while huge, are still too low. Read More »

How do you stop rape in a broken state? Somalia is giving it a try

How do you stop rape in a broken state? Somalia is giving it a try

By — March 25, 2015
In 2011, a Thomson Reuters poll found that Somalia was ranked among the top five most dangerous countries to be a woman. Fewer than three years later, Human Rights Watch concluded that two decades of civil conflict in the country had created a large population of civilians vulnerable to sexualized violence, in a report titled “Here, Rape is Normal.” more »
‘India’s Daughter’ offers the first real challenge to India’s rape culture

‘India’s Daughter’ offers the first real challenge to India’s rape culture

By — March 13, 2015
When the loudest voices against sexualized violence against women have never caused anyone discomfort, it is safe to say that no one thought that their attitudes on women were being challenged. India's Daughter is the first time that those who knowingly or unknowingly espouse rape culture have been unnerved enough that they feel the need to shoot the messenger. more »
A post-#IWD2015 reading list: Stories on women and violence you shouldn’t miss

A post-#IWD2015 reading list: Stories on women and violence you shouldn’t miss

By — March 11, 2015
Back in November, global attention shifted for a brief moment from apocalyptic breaking news cycles just long enough for us to have an honest discourse on sexualized violence, thanks to the campaign for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. This month, we’ve been given that kind of opportunity again. more »
Pushed and pulled: What is the lure for Western women to join ISIS?

Pushed and pulled: What is the lure for Western women to join ISIS?

By — March 5, 2015
The British government is scrambling to find three of its female citizens traveling to join the ranks of foreign recruits to the Islamic State (IS or ISIS). These young women are not alone. According to one recent study, more than 500 women from Western countries have traveled to join the extremists in Iraq and Syria. more »
Media continues to under-report sexualized violence around the world: A February roundup

Media continues to under-report sexualized violence around the world: A February roundup

By — February 25, 2015
On February 24, a friend of mine posted an editorial on social media about a bill passed in the Pakistani Senate four days earlier, which punishes individuals who hinder prosecutions in rape cases or stigmatize the survivor. My friend asked: “How was this story not all over the news?” more »

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