Can disguises work for survivors of rape?

Can disguises work for survivors of rape?

International justice has come a long way. Today’s tribunals offer protective measures to survivors testifying about their wartime rape. But while the measures do encourage women to brave their fears and testify—by disguising their faces and voices or shielding them from view—the women’s identities are not always safe. By Jocelyn Brooks and Akila Radhakrishnan. Photo by Johan Ordonez/AFP/Getty Images. Read More »

‘The system is designed to make you give up’: China’s hidden domestic violence problem

‘The system is designed to make you give up’: China’s hidden domestic violence problem

Kim Lee met Li Yang on a trip to China in 1999, when he was lecturing about “Crazy English,” a way of learning the language that involved shouting slogans like “Conquer English to Make China Stronger!” He convinced her to move to China but the marriage soon went sour. Lee’s journey through China’s legal system to extricate herself is eye-opening. By Leta Hong Fincher. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images. Read More »

#SiegePhoto image highlights war in Central African Republic

#SiegePhoto image highlights war in Central African Republic

Last month we called on you to send us your photos of women in war. The results are in: An image by Joanne Mariner, who works for Amnesty International, captured exactly what we were looking for. Her stunning photograph shows a woman in Central African Republic holding the keys to her home that she will never again visit. In this Q&A about the photograph, Mariner describes what she saw in CAR and what she will never forget. Read More »

Portraits of three women in Congo: Their lives, their rapes, their recovery

Portraits of three women in Congo: Their lives, their rapes, their recovery

There were so very many stories. Stories of women physically torn apart, leaving stains of urine on chairs from fistula they suffered from violent rape. Stories about sexual enslavement that left teenage girls hysterically crying and unable to finish speaking. Stories of erasure—of women who had been left by their husbands and shunned by their own children because men had raped them. Here are three of them. Photo by Lauren Wolfe. Read More »

‘Everybody knew who testified’: Can disguises work for rape survivors?

‘Everybody knew who testified’: Can disguises work for rape survivors?

By — April 11, 2014
A woman sits, microphone in hand, behind a billowing, black curtain—further obscured by a black veil that hides her face, her body, and even her hands—as she finds the courage to recount her rape by government soldiers in Minova, Democratic Republic of Congo. more »
‘The system is designed to make you give up’: An American tackles domestic violence in China

‘The system is designed to make you give up’: An American tackles domestic violence in China

By — April 10, 2014
Kim Lee met Li Yang on a trip to China in 1999, when he was lecturing about “Crazy English,” a way of learning the language that involved overcoming inhibitions through shouting slogans such as “Conquer English to Make China Stronger!” more »
Where sisterhood ends: The victim in your own home

Where sisterhood ends: The victim in your own home

By — April 7, 2014
When the case of a 23-year-old Indonesian domestic worker made international headlines, readers were shocked to hear of the physical abuse that left the once vibrant young woman nearly disabled. But just as shocking to the international community was the subsequent revelation that her employer—a 40-year-old mother of two—had been charged with the attacks. more »
Mind the digital gender gap: Empowering women online

Mind the digital gender gap: Empowering women online

By — March 28, 2014
Women face a variety of barriers to full and equal access, including cost, lack of digital literacy, lack of awareness of the Internet’s potential, and entrenched cultural and gender norms that limit them from forming independent connections outside their home or community. These obstacles are worth overcoming. more »
#SiegePhoto winner: Holding the keys as a reminder of home

#SiegePhoto winner: Holding the keys as a reminder of home

By — March 25, 2014
We put out a call on social media last month asking you to send us your photos of women in war. In an email by Joanne Mariner, a senior crisis response adviser for Amnesty International, we found a stunning image. Mariner managed to capture the uncertainty of what it means to live in war in this photograph of the hands of a woman holding the keys to her home—now forever a part of her past—in the Central African Republic. more »

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