Women’s stories we’re missing because of Trump coverage

Women’s stories we’re missing because of Trump coverage

With Trump dominating nearly every bit of news across the country and in many parts of the world, reports of major human rights violations against women are being overshadowed. To balance things out, here are some stories greatly affecting women’s lives that you may have missed since Trump came into office. Photo at left by Iga Lubczańska. Read More »

10 do’s and don’ts on how to interview survivors of sexualized violence

10 do’s and don’ts on how to interview survivors of sexualized violence

Our new guide for journalists who cover sexualized violence or want to, mainly in an international context, explains how to first do no harm. From how to protect sources to how to pace an interview, our director, Lauren Wolfe, walks media through best practices when speaking to sexualized violence survivors. It’s not like other journalism, she writes. Photo at left by Lauren Wolfe. Read More »

U.S. defunding UNFPA could cost women their lives

U.S. defunding UNFPA could cost women their lives

The U.S., one of UNFPA’s founding members, has decided to pull its support for the program, slashing nearly $70 million in aid. The decision “will provide conditions for an additional increase in the rates of gender-based violence.” And the Trump administration, which is dominated by conservative, right-wing males, is simply out of touch with reality, argues author Reem Abdellatif. Photo at left by Lauren Wolfe. Read More »

Women missing in discussion of peacekeeping cuts

Women missing in discussion of peacekeeping cuts

In the Trump administration’s proposed mass slaying of any and all programs the United States financially supports in terms of human rights, one in particular is troubling for women around the world—and it’s an angle media have missed in their reporting. Lauren Wolfe looks at what possible cuts to peacekeeping forces around the world means for women. Photo at left by UN/Stuart Price. Read More »

Why it suddenly might not be crazy to compare Trump to Hitler in 1933

Why it suddenly might not be crazy to compare Trump to Hitler in 1933

By — August 12, 2017
In November 2016, a scholar named Sebastian Schutte—a Marie Curie fellow at the Zukunftskolleg and the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Konstanz in Germany—wrote an interesting article in The Washington Post. In it he argued that Trump had not reached Hitlerian heights. Not yet. more »
Trump, women, media: White supremacy in Charlottesville has taken a village

Trump, women, media: White supremacy in Charlottesville has taken a village

By — August 12, 2017
No, Donald Trump is not Adolph Hitler. That this horrific idea exists, floating in our collective ethos and demanding a refutation is shocking. But this is where we are, and the failure to address the horror only means a greater evil is sure to come. more »
Assam floods drive trafficking, child marriage, and women’s ill health

Assam floods drive trafficking, child marriage, and women’s ill health

By — July 31, 2017
In a primary school classroom, Deepa Das holds back tears as she explains to her 6-year-old daughter why she doesn’t have enough clothes for her. Eight days ago, as heavy monsoon rains lashed the state, Das’ home, which lies in a village behind the school where she is taking shelter, was completely flooded in the space of an hour. more »
Guerilla baby boom as FARC rebels lift 50-year pregnancy ban

Guerilla baby boom as FARC rebels lift 50-year pregnancy ban

By — July 26, 2017
The week after she handed in her AK47 rifle, Patricia found out she was pregnant. Patricia had been a rebel fighter in the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, for 14 years. Last month, she was one of 7,000 rebels to hand in their weapons in a low-key ceremony that marked the end of the armed struggle. more »
Survivors unite, fearing a repeat of rape in upcoming Kenyan election

Survivors unite, fearing a repeat of rape in upcoming Kenyan election

By — July 18, 2017
In the violence that rocked Kenya following the disputed elections of 2007, the media reported hundreds of cases of sexualized violence. Jane’s was one of them. Today, Jane grapples with HIV, trauma, and empty promises of reparation. Her husband was killed in the violence, but his body has never been found. more »

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