This is what a Mediterranean refugee boat landing looks like

This is what a Mediterranean refugee boat landing looks like

Often stories on the “Mediterranean migrant crisis” use shots of the rescue at sea: A rickety boat overfilled with desperate people wait to board some kind of Navy boat. But what happens to them next? Lauren Wolfe reports from Sicily on the landing of 213 refugees who had been at sea for 11 days before being rescued. Photo at left 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 »

A Q&A with the woman charged with stopping rape in Congo

A Q&A with the woman charged with stopping rape in Congo

A history of mass rape from years of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo has resulted in untold horrors. Last year, the government appointed Jeanine Mabunda to be the special representative on sexualized violence in the country. Here, Chagmion Antoine speaks to Mabunda about what progress the country has made and the long, hard road to peace for women. Photo by Radio Okapi. Read More »

Few care services available for women escaping ISIS captivity

Few care services available for women escaping ISIS captivity

Pregnancy from rape in conflict amplifies the consequences for survivors, including those newly returning from ISIS captivity. Human Rights Watch recently released a report on the campaign of rape being waged in Iraq by ISIS, conducting interviews with 20 women and girls in the country. Unfortunately, it looks like women and girls are not receiving much post-rape care—and Serra Sippel of CHANGE thinks it's time to fix that. Photo by CHANGE. Read More »

This is what a Mediterranean refugee boat landing looks like

This is what a Mediterranean refugee boat landing looks like

By — July 1, 2015
Often stories on the “Mediterranean migrant crisis” use shots of the rescue at sea: A rickety boat overfilled with desperate people wait to board some kind of Navy boat. But what happens to them next? more »
Searching for good news in the fight against rape

Searching for good news in the fight against rape

By — June 5, 2015
We began 2015 by looking at underreported stories of rape and sexualized violence around the world. Cases involving sexualized violence against women—its aftermath, its consequences—were falling below the public’s radar. Now, six months in, we thought we’d take a look at some of the good things that have happened—the steps forward in the march to end sexualized violence globally. more »
‘I was like his sex slave and not his wife’: An Indian woman tries to criminalize marital rape

‘I was like his sex slave and not his wife’: An Indian woman tries to criminalize marital rape

By — May 29, 2015
In India, it is legal to rape your wife. And as of last month, when a government minister explained why he thought the issue can’t be remedied in his country, marital rape is back in the news. more »
The woman charged with stopping rape in Congo: A Q&A with Jeanine Mabunda

The woman charged with stopping rape in Congo: A Q&A with Jeanine Mabunda

By — May 14, 2015
When Congolese President Joseph Kabila tapped 49-year-old Jeanine Mabunda Lioko, a finance executive and a member of the National Assembly of the Democratic Republic of Congo, to be his special representative on sexualized violence in July 2014, UN representatives hailed the appointment as a “new dawn” in the fight to end rape and child recruitment in the country’s 20-year conflict. more »
Few care services available for women, raped and pregnant, escaping ISIS captivity

Few care services available for women, raped and pregnant, escaping ISIS captivity

By — April 23, 2015
Last week, Human Rights Watch released a report on the campaign of rape being waged in Iraq by the Islamic State (ISIS) and called for medical and psychological help for the survivors. The organization interviewed 20 women and girls in the Iraqi town of Dohuk who escaped captivity by the militant group, and also spoke to medical workers who are doing their best to help the survivors. more »

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