Silence persists around rape in Ukraine conflict

Silence persists around rape in Ukraine conflict

The conflict in eastern Ukraine has taken a toll on the country’s population, but there is little to no information on how many are survivors of rape. Experts say that sexualized violence is, in part, being minimized in light of Ukraine’s other current military, political, and economic problems. Here, Antonina Vikhrest asks: How many women are suffering and what can be done to figure this out and help survivors? Photo by Steve Evans. 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 »

Needing numbers on rape in war (and why they’re hard to get)

Needing numbers on rape in war (and why they’re hard to get)

The number of women and girls surviving and dying from rape in war is countless largely because it has been uncounted. Jocelyn Brooks explores how little is known about the scope and nature of the injuries and deaths that result from rape in armed conflict. Gaps in knowledge persist today largely because of the obstacles that remain to gathering comprehensive and accurate data. Photo by Jonathan Torgovnik. Read More »

The pain of female genital mutilation is felt in the U.S., too

The pain of female genital mutilation is felt in the U.S., too

For survivors of female genital cutting, fleeing the country of their injury for a place like the United States can be a victory in and of itself. But it is often the beginning of a much longer struggle, one that entails reliving the very trauma they fled. In an immigration system that is increasingly under fire for its dysfunction, women whose asylum claims hinge on an experience with female genital cutting bear the burden of proof in their scars. Photo by Amnon Shavit. Read More »

All-enveloping silence persists around rape in Ukraine conflict

All-enveloping silence persists around rape in Ukraine conflict

By — January 15, 2015
The conflict in eastern Ukraine, now in its 10th month, has taken a heavy toll on the country’s population. Wide-ranging violations of international humanitarian law have been documented on both sides of the conflict, following clashes between Russian-backed rebels and the Ukrainian government forces in the eastern regions of the country. more »
Infographic: Rape in war, by the numbers

Infographic: Rape in war, by the numbers

By — January 9, 2015
We know there’s a problem but we don’t know how big it is. That’s what governments, scholars, and others argue when trying to figure out how to allot funds toward this problem of sexualized violence in conflict. If we don’t know the numbers, they ask, how can we help properly? How can we mount prosecutions? Offer reparations? Put in place proper advocacy? So the thinking goes. more »
Evidence mounts in Ukraine that both sides are committing sexualized violence

Evidence mounts in Ukraine that both sides are committing sexualized violence

By — December 29, 2014
Thirty-year-old Anna Guz was held by pro-Russian rebels for six days in May. (Guz is not her real name; she asked to be identified by a pseudonym for safety reasons.) Men in military uniforms abducted the pro-Ukrainian activist, along with her boyfriend, from her Donetsk apartment in the middle of the night. more »
Less than 350 days to go till it’s #16Days again! Some thoughts to keep you going till then

Less than 350 days to go till it’s #16Days again! Some thoughts to keep you going till then

By — December 12, 2014
Following the end of the #16Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, WMC’s Women Under Siege has gathered some of the best tweets out there in the hope that this action, this dialogue, this advocacy doesn’t stop here. We can do more. We must. more »
The missing group of victims in conflict-related violence

The missing group of victims in conflict-related violence

By — December 11, 2014
At the age of 18, Leyla’s three-year lesbian relationship was discovered. She ran away to Baghdad from her home in the conservative Iraqi city of Basra, though her girlfriend wasn’t able to escape. Staying behind turned out to be deadly. more »

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