Unexpected forms of violence plague women in Congo

Unexpected forms of violence plague women in Congo

Sexual exploitation in Congo’s mineral trade takes on a whole other form than what you might think, experts say, with women being raped for slave wage and forced into prostitution. Until the full picture becomes known, solutions to better the lives of Congolese women are by default going to remain misguided. Lauren Wolfe takes a look at what women are really enduring in the world's poorest country. Photo at left by Malcolm Linton for Getty Images. Read More »

Silence persists around rape in Ukraine conflict

Silence persists around rape in Ukraine conflict

The conflict in eastern Ukraine has taken a toll on the country’s population, but there is little to no information on how many are survivors of rape. Experts say that sexualized violence is, in part, being minimized in light of Ukraine’s other current military, political, and economic problems. Here, Antonina Vikhrest asks: How many women are suffering and what can be done to figure this out and help survivors? Photo by Steve Evans. Read More »

Infographic: Rape in war, by the numbers

Infographic: Rape in war, by the numbers

It is nearly impossible to know exact—or often even ballpark—numbers of women raped in conflict. There’s too much in the way: the murder of victims after rape (aka the destruction of evidence), deep stigma that prevents reporting, fear of retribution by either the perpetrators or the survivor’s family. Women have no reason to come forward. But over time, some have. And the numbers, while huge, are still too low. Read More »

Needing numbers on rape in war (and why they’re hard to get)

Needing numbers on rape in war (and why they’re hard to get)

The number of women and girls surviving and dying from rape in war is countless largely because it has been uncounted. Jocelyn Brooks explores how little is known about the scope and nature of the injuries and deaths that result from rape in armed conflict. Gaps in knowledge persist today largely because of the obstacles that remain to gathering comprehensive and accurate data. Photo by Jonathan Torgovnik. Read More »

Media continues to under-report sexualized violence around the world: A February roundup

Media continues to under-report sexualized violence around the world: A February roundup

By — February 25, 2015
On February 24, a friend of mine posted an editorial on social media about a bill passed in the Pakistani Senate four days earlier, which punishes individuals who hinder prosecutions in rape cases or stigmatize the survivor. My friend asked: “How was this story not all over the news?” more »
Uber, buses, and streets: How safe are women in public spaces?

Uber, buses, and streets: How safe are women in public spaces?

By — February 20, 2015
In a visit to India in January, U.S. President Barack Obama said women everywhere should be able to “walk the street or ride the bus and be safe.” They should be “treated with respect,” he said. Yet less than two months before that visit, a 26-year-old woman from Delhi said she was raped by a taxi driver for Uber, a Web-based taxi firm that allows passengers to book rides using a phone app. more »
Raped for slave wages: Women in Congo trapped in under-reported violence amid ‘conflict minerals’

Raped for slave wages: Women in Congo trapped in under-reported violence amid ‘conflict minerals’

By — February 13, 2015
Twenty-five years of breathing in dust has led Mireille Mbale to drink milk when she can afford it; it is what she believes will guard her against lung disease. She makes less than $5 a day. Years of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s brash sun have dried her exposed skin. more »
Just a few weeks into 2015, we’re already missing big stories on violence against women

Just a few weeks into 2015, we’re already missing big stories on violence against women

By — January 28, 2015
While the news cycle in January was dominated by reports on Japanese hostages held by the militant group Islamic State and the Paris attacks on the offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, some stories didn’t receive as much attention. more »
All-enveloping silence persists around rape in Ukraine conflict

All-enveloping silence persists around rape in Ukraine conflict

By — January 15, 2015
The conflict in eastern Ukraine, now in its 10th month, has taken a heavy toll on the country’s population. Wide-ranging violations of international humanitarian law have been documented on both sides of the conflict, following clashes between Russian-backed rebels and the Ukrainian government forces in the eastern regions of the country. more »

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