The missing women of the Mediterranean refugee crisis

The missing women of the Mediterranean refugee crisis

While the media in the U.S. is sporadically covering the major, ongoing refugee crisis in the Mediterranean, why do we so rarely hear about the women who make this perilous boat journey? Why do we never see their faces? Lauren Wolfe reports from refugee landing sites in Italy to try to get a better picture of what women are enduring. And the violence at every step of the way is staggering. Photo by Lauren Wolfe. Read More »

This is what a Mediterranean refugee boat landing looks like

This is what a Mediterranean refugee boat landing looks like

Often stories on the “Mediterranean migrant crisis” use shots of the rescue at sea: A rickety boat overfilled with desperate people wait to board some kind of Navy boat. But what happens to them next? Lauren Wolfe reports from Sicily on the landing of 213 refugees who had been at sea for 11 days before being rescued. Photo at left by Lauren Wolfe. Read More »

Timeline: How media are doing on coverage of women & IS

Timeline: How media are doing on coverage of women & IS

The news has been rife for a year with stories of Western women joining Islamic State and the kidnapping and rape of Yazidi women. But the coverage has been uneven, with many more stories looking at the “jihadi brides” rather than the mass violence being perpetrated against women. Our new, interactive timeline shows how the narrative has developed over time, and where it has fallen short. Read More »

A Q&A with the woman charged with stopping rape in Congo

A Q&A with the woman charged with stopping rape in Congo

A history of mass rape from years of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo has resulted in untold horrors. Last year, the government appointed Jeanine Mabunda to be the special representative on sexualized violence in the country. Here, Chagmion Antoine speaks to Mabunda about what progress the country has made and the long, hard road to peace for women. Photo by Radio Okapi. Read More »

The missing women of the Mediterranean refugee crisis

The missing women of the Mediterranean refugee crisis

By — July 24, 2015
Dirty white gates fronted the detention center on the Italian island of Lampedusa, a tiny speck between Sicily and Tunisia, where 71 women were being held. Beyond the bars, I could just make out laundry hanging from the building in which they were housed—maybe 100 yards away—a yellow scarf, a hot-pink piece of cloth. more »
Reparations: More than monetary compensation

Reparations: More than monetary compensation

By — July 16, 2015
For the first time in the history of the Bosnian War Crimes Court, judges included compensation to a wartime rape victim as part of the court’s ruling. On June 24, 2015, Bosiljko Marković and Ostoja Marković were ordered to pay roughly $15,000 to the woman they raped during the war. The court sentenced each man to ten years in prison. more »
The refugee girl I barely met in Lampedusa

The refugee girl I barely met in Lampedusa

By — July 8, 2015
The end of June was hot and dry in Lampedusa, as summer always is. The week I spent on the island of an estimated 5,000-6,000 Italians there was a very separate center of town for a population of 771 people. more »
This is what a Mediterranean refugee boat landing looks like

This is what a Mediterranean refugee boat landing looks like

By — July 1, 2015
Often stories on the “Mediterranean migrant crisis” use shots of the rescue at sea: A rickety boat overfilled with desperate people wait to board some kind of Navy boat. But what happens to them next? more »
Searching for good news in the fight against rape

Searching for good news in the fight against rape

By — June 5, 2015
We began 2015 by looking at underreported stories of rape and sexualized violence around the world. Cases involving sexualized violence against women—its aftermath, its consequences—were falling below the public’s radar. Now, six months in, we thought we’d take a look at some of the good things that have happened—the steps forward in the march to end sexualized violence globally. more »

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