The actual state of sexualized violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The actual state of sexualized violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo is unambiguously a terrible place for women. Following a reporting trip to the country, Lauren Wolfe wonders whether sexualized violence against women there has gotten any better in recent years. While she expected to hear more about how impunity still reigns and not much has changed, what she found surprised her. Photo by Lauren Wolfe. Read More »

The color of lawlessness: Sexual abuse by police, nationwide

The color of lawlessness: Sexual abuse by police, nationwide

In November, The Associated Press published a story that found that 1,000 police officers across the country had lost their licenses over six years for sexual crimes, including rape, sodomy, and sexual misconduct. In a story recounting her own experiences, Chagmion Antoine discusses sexual abuse by police all around the country. Photo by Johnny Silvercloud. Read More »

‘There’s no news hook’ Q&A with a journalist covering rape in South Sudan

‘There’s no news hook’ Q&A with a journalist covering rape in South Sudan

A few years after South Sudan voted to become its own country, fighting has swallowed the nation. The scale of sexualized violence in the country has been described by the UN as “shocking.” Here, we speak to journalist Amanda Sperber who reported in January and February from a village called Nyal, where she tried to find women willing to speak to her about rape. At left, women in Nyal carry food handouts. Photo by UNMISS. Read More »

How to build a rape case

How to build a rape case

When former Canadian radio host Jian Ghomeshi was acquitted of all charges in a sexual assault trial in March, the judge’s verdict suggested that willful deception on the part of the plaintiffs was to blame. The trial highlighted what rape survivors all over the world have to face just to tell their story. While the significance of having a survivor’s story cannot be underestimated, Kerry Paterson reports how investigators, police, and NGOs gathering testimonies need to take particular steps to get each experience right. Photo by Thorsten Muench. Read More »

Disability: A major hurdle on the migration route for women refugees

Disability: A major hurdle on the migration route for women refugees

By — June 29, 2016
The woman looked uneasy and uncomfortable as she peered outside her tent. All she could see was an empty stretch with a few bushes, where men were taking turns to urinate. There were no facilities available for women. This was the situation nine months ago at the border of Serbia and Hungary, when I visited a refugee camp where men, women, and children were stuck for days. Unfortunately, not much has changed since then, and for one hidden segment of refugee society, life is even harder than this. more »
‘I was a servant, a sex machine and a punching bag’: Why marital rape is still legal in India

‘I was a servant, a sex machine and a punching bag’: Why marital rape is still legal in India

By — June 22, 2016
The life of a Bollywood stuntwoman outside the realm of the silver screen caught India’s attention last month when a video captured her struggle behind the screen. Geeta Tandon spoke about her marriage at the age of 15 and surviving domestic abuse, including rape, from her husband. more »
Storify: A conversation with a journalist has doggedly covered rape in South Sudan

Storify: A conversation with a journalist has doggedly covered rape in South Sudan

By — June 14, 2016
WMC Women Under Siege hosted a Twitter chat on June 1 with Amanda Sperber, a freelance foreign correspondent whose comprehensive coverage of rape in South Sudan has been published by outlets like Vice and Foreign Policy. more »
Essential tools for reporting in Mexico: a notebook, camera, and contraceptive pill

Essential tools for reporting in Mexico: a notebook, camera, and contraceptive pill

By — June 8, 2016
It was May, and I was at the Club de Periodistas de Mexico (Mexico Press Club), speaking with a group of female crime journalists in Mexico City about the challenges they face while reporting in the country. more »
Storify: How to build a solid case for rape in war

Storify: How to build a solid case for rape in war

By — June 2, 2016
On May 26, WMC Women Under Siege hosted a Twitter chat with Karen Naimer, director of the Boston-based Physicians for Human Rights’ program on sexual violence in conflict. We talked about methods of gathering and documenting forensic evidence in what are probably the world’s most difficult environments: war zones. more »

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