Congo’s invisible, third-class citizens find solidarity

Congo’s invisible, third-class citizens find solidarity

We are in the capital of the South Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bukavu, and these women have made a slow and painful walk this morning to get here. In the rain, one woman says, they fall in the city’s muddy, pitted streets. Their lives are full of hardship in an impoverished country that gives them no help. A report by Lauren Wolfe from eastern Congo on the significant challenges women with disabilities face. Photo at left by Lauren Wolfe. Read More »

Looking at DRC’s Minova rape trial: A Q&A with Colonel Magistrate Freddy Mukendi

Looking at DRC’s Minova rape trial: A Q&A with Colonel Magistrate Freddy Mukendi

Colonel Magistrate Freddy Mukendi presided over the infamous Minova rape trial in the DRC in 2013, in which 39 soldiers were tried for war crimes including rape. Only two were convicted. During her most recent visit to the Congo, Women Under Siege Director Lauren Wolfe met with Mukendi and discussed his role in the trial. Photo by Lauren Wolfe. Read More »

Writing Rape: Women’s Media Center study finds crucial gap in coverage by gender

Writing Rape: Women’s Media Center study finds crucial gap in coverage by gender

A report released today by the Women’s Media Center finds that media coverage of U.S. campus rape and sexualized violence is significantly skewed toward men’s bylines and voices—and this affects how these stories are told. Differences in sports-section coverage of sexual assault were especially startling, with eight of 12 news outlets publishing zero bylines by women. Read More »

The link between gender-based violence and HIV/AIDS—Three women speak

The link between gender-based violence and HIV/AIDS—Three women speak

As another World AIDS Day passes this month, a crucial place to examine is Lesotho, a country that is one of the hardest hit by the epidemic. But connected to the disease is also another critical problem women face in Lesotho. Here, Priyali Sur talks to three women affected by the one-two punch of HIV/AIDS—and gender-based violence. Photo at left by Priyali Sur. Read More »

Congo’s invisible, third-class citizens find solidarity

Congo’s invisible, third-class citizens find solidarity

By — January 29, 2016
There’s a darkish room, maybe 12 feet by 13 feet, tucked into the back area of the ground floor of a school called Lycée Wima. Seated along walls of peeling paint are more than a dozen women sewing patterned bags, shoes, dresses, and dolls on elegant Singer sewing machines from the time between the last world wars. The work is exacting. more »
When the unspeakable happens but no one listens: A repressed story of rape in Manipur

When the unspeakable happens but no one listens: A repressed story of rape in Manipur

By — January 15, 2016
Effects of a conflict linger differently on different people. The following excerpt from my book, Mother, Where’s My Country?, is a story of struggle, loss, lack of closure, and denial of memory and justice. The book and excerpt are set in the northeast Indian state of Manipur, a gritty landscape. more »
‘Never enough’ resources for rape cases in Congo: A Q&A with Colonel Magistrate Freddy Mukendi

‘Never enough’ resources for rape cases in Congo: A Q&A with Colonel Magistrate Freddy Mukendi

By — January 8, 2016
Colonel Magistrate Freddy Mukendi is an imposing man who speaks from behind darkly shaded eyeglasses. He takes up the full space of a lounge chair, giving off a breezy, if formal, comfort in his own skin. Considering his high-level position in the DRC, this may not be entirely unexpected. more »
Q&A: Sarah Deer on sexualized violence in Native America

Q&A: Sarah Deer on sexualized violence in Native America

By — December 18, 2015
When we talk about rape and sexualized violence, there is a tendency to think of it as something that happens to “others,” somewhere far away. But legal scholar, professor, and advocate Sarah Deer knows all too well that gender and sexualized violence is not limited to Syria, or Bosnia, or the Democratic Republic of Congo. It continues to happen right here in North America. more »
Writing Rape: Women’s Media Center study finds crucial gap in coverage by gender

Writing Rape: Women’s Media Center study finds crucial gap in coverage by gender

By — December 16, 2015
Media coverage of U.S. campus rape and sexualized violence is significantly skewed toward the bylines and voices of men, according to a Women’s Media Center report released today. more »

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