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 »

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 »
10 do’s and don’ts on how to interview sexualized violence survivors

10 do’s and don’ts on how to interview sexualized violence survivors

By — May 17, 2017
This is meant as an informal guide for journalists who cover sexualized violence or want to, mainly in an international context. more »
Syrian women have a message: Drop earrings, not bombs

Syrian women have a message: Drop earrings, not bombs

By — May 16, 2017
Emerging from a crowd of around a dozen women, Farida, a 32-year-old Syrian refugee living in Istanbul, stood in front of a cabinet full of bright and colorful threads and beads. Looking at the materials with friends, she mused what color she should use for her next earring project. “Let’s not use orange and pink this time,” she murmured to one of her friends, another Syrian refugee. more »
Africa’s famine may be setting the stage for a new HIV epidemic

Africa’s famine may be setting the stage for a new HIV epidemic

By — May 11, 2017
No one should ever have to choose between starving to death and exposure to HIV, however millions of women and children struggling to survive in the drought-stricken countries of southern Africa aren’t being given a choice. more »
‘A fate worse than death itself’: Women seek the remains of loved ones in the former Yugoslavia

‘A fate worse than death itself’: Women seek the remains of loved ones in the former Yugoslavia

By — April 25, 2017
In the languages of the former Yugoslavia “suza” means “tear.” And in the more than 20 years that have passed since the end of the wars that dismantled the country in the 1990s, it seems that there is one, very last tear that many mothers, wives, daughters, and sisters cannot shed until the mortal remains of their closest kin are found, identified, and properly buried. more »

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