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 »

In southern Italy, the mafia preys on teens

In southern Italy, the mafia preys on teens

In recent years in Italy, an increased number of women and young girls have begun testifying against the mob and their criminal activities. Here, Connie Agius details the case of one girl who for years was preyed on by the ‘Ndrangheta, one of the most ferocious mafia groups in Italy. Photo at left by Chiara Marra. Read More »

Women’s stories we’re missing as coverage of Trump dominates media

Women’s stories we’re missing as coverage of Trump dominates media

By — June 21, 2017
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. more »
Journalists challenge Syrian media to improve gender coverage in war

Journalists challenge Syrian media to improve gender coverage in war

By — June 14, 2017
Milia Eidmouni’s family didn’t want her to be a journalist. They wanted her to choose a more typical career for an educated Syrian woman, such as teaching. But as a feminist, women’s rights defender and human rights campaigner, she pursued her desire to become a working journalist in 2007 more »
Efforts to stop sex-trafficking focus on hotels

Efforts to stop sex-trafficking focus on hotels

By — June 9, 2017
Anneke Lucas survived being trafficked for sex not once, but twice. “I was 9 years old when an elderly English-speaking man took me to the United States in his jet and sex-trafficked me in a luxurious hotel,” says Lucas, an anti-trafficking advocate and the founder of the nonprofit organization Liberation Prison Yoga. more »
In Delhi, women’s councils deliver justice outside the legal system

In Delhi, women’s councils deliver justice outside the legal system

By — June 1, 2017
Every Wednesday at half-past one, in the narrow lanes of the southern Delhi slum of Dakshinpuri, a group of local women congregate in a windowless room. They are members of the “Mahila Panchayat,” or “female village council.” They are bound by a common cause—justice for women who suffer violence and harassment in their homes. more »
ISIS targets ‘dangerous women’ in Manchester attack

ISIS targets ‘dangerous women’ in Manchester attack

By — May 23, 2017
With this morning’s news that the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing at the UK’s Manchester Arena Monday night, the obviousness of the target begins to make a sick kind of sense. more »

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