In Mexico journalist murder, 4 women raped, killed too—then media calls them promiscuous

In Mexico journalist murder, 4 women raped, killed too—then media calls them promiscuous

“Who Killed Rúben Espinosa?” read headlines throughout Mexico after the brutal murder of five people in Mexico City. But in the glare of media over the death of journalist Espinosa four women lay raped and killed in his shadow. Then the media painted the women as partiers and prostitutes. A look at Mexico's culture of femicide—the murder of women because they are women. Photo at left by Alice Driver. Read More »

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 global look at where women can turn after rape

A global look at where women can turn after rape

By — August 27, 2015
For women, the world might feel like it’s slowly becoming worse. Earlier this month, the UN announced that four peacekeepers in the Central African Republic have been accused of raping two women and an underage girl, as well as a 12-year-old girl. Last month, four women were raped and killed in Mexico City. And then there’s Syria, where reports keep emerging of how Islamic State militants justify raping women and children. more »
Four women were also raped and killed in Mexico journalist murder—but media calls them promiscuous

Four women were also raped and killed in Mexico journalist murder—but media calls them promiscuous

By — August 19, 2015
“Who Killed Rúben Espinosa?” read headlines throughout Mexico after the brutal murder of five people in Mexico City. On July 31, the victims were found in an apartment the Narvarte neighborhood of Mexico City. more »
‘I thought that happens to other people’: Being trafficked without knowing it

‘I thought that happens to other people’: Being trafficked without knowing it

By — August 7, 2015
When I met Sophie Otiende, she was running late. I had reached out to her in December 2014 while I was in Nairobi doing research for a film about sex trafficking. Sophie and her boyfriend, Jakob Christensen, are volunteers at the anti-trafficking nonprofit HAART Kenya and had agreed to meet me for dinner. But as time wore on, I was beginning to think I’d been stood up. more »
We asked people on camera about ‘privilege.’ They told us about rape.

We asked people on camera about ‘privilege.’ They told us about rape.

By — July 30, 2015
A few months ago, an Indian-American Hindu, a Christian Armenian-American, an American Jew, and a Muslim Pakistani-American filmed 22 strangers addressing questions about their experiences regarding gender, race, and wealth. We wanted to produce a website of short videos that explore the concept of “privilege.” 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 »

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