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 »

What Amnesty International found at Saydnaya Prison in Syria

What Amnesty International found at Saydnaya Prison in Syria

A recent report by Amnesty uncovered allegations of abuses sanctioned by the Syrian government that include mass executions, torture, and other acts that could amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. Here, Nicolette Boehland, a Syria researcher at Amnesty, talks about how the world “needs to realize the extent of the problem.” Photo at left by Scott Bob. Read More »

Refugee ban resembles U.S. refusal of Jews in 1939

Refugee ban resembles U.S. refusal of Jews in 1939

There’s a comparison to be made with history in terms of today’s Muslim ban. In 1939, 908 Jewish refugees fled Germany on a ship called the St. Louis. They were denied entry into the United States. Of the 908 refugees returned to Europe, 254 were murdered in the Holocaust. Right now, we are stopping refugees at our airports and have already turned some back to possible death. Photo at left by Beverly Yuen Thompson. Read More »

U.S. defunding UNFPA could cost women their lives

U.S. defunding UNFPA could cost women their lives

By — April 13, 2017
I remember I was 5 years old as I watched my mother repeatedly climb to the highest part of the bed only to jump right back off again. I was confused. I could see that she was in emotional and physical pain. I was sad for her. more »
Syria chemical weapons attack puts new focus on regime crimes. One of which is rape.

Syria chemical weapons attack puts new focus on regime crimes. One of which is rape.

By — April 5, 2017
With Tuesday’s gruesome chemical attack in Syria all over the news, attention has suddenly turned toward the crimes of Bashar Al-Assad’s regime—and away, for a moment, from those of the Islamic State. It is about time. more »
Women missing in discussion of peacekeeping cuts

Women missing in discussion of peacekeeping cuts

By — April 4, 2017
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. more »
Surviving the sexualized violence crisis in South Sudan

Surviving the sexualized violence crisis in South Sudan

By — March 29, 2017
Grace sits staring vacantly ahead, her hands tightly clasped in her lap. She is 16 years old but has a tiny frame that makes her look no older than 13. Underneath her checkered school dress, a small bump sticks out. In four months’ time, she is due to give birth to her stepfather’s child. more »
Without IDs, Afghan women remain invisible in the justice system

Without IDs, Afghan women remain invisible in the justice system

By — March 13, 2017
Nargez* was 14 when her father arranged her marriage to a 55-year-old stranger who offered a large amount of money. After years of sexual and physical abuse, she fled with her brother’s help and sought safety in his home. But when she tried to file for divorce, her husband pressed charges against her for running away and against her brother for helping her. They were sentenced to seven years. more »

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