How do you stop rape in a broken state? Somalia is trying

How do you stop rape in a broken state? Somalia is trying

Sexualized violence in Somalia has become an alarming issue following years of conflict in the country. Armed gunmen beat, rape, shoot, and stab women and girls with complete impunity. But finally there is hope manifesting at a national, legal level. The Somali Sexual Offenses Bill aims to address the narrow scope of existing legislation on sexualized violence in the country. Photo at left by Teresa Krug. Read More »

Pushed and pulled: The lure for Western women to join ISIS

Pushed and pulled: The lure for Western women to join ISIS

According to one recent study, more than 500 women from Western countries have traveled to join the extremists in Iraq and Syria. Usually these women are lumped together as "female recruits," but how do the differences between these would-be female jihadis help us understand this phenomenon of young women leaving their families to join a terrorist group? Photo at left by the Anadolu Agency. Read More »

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 »

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 »

Few care services available for women, raped and pregnant, escaping ISIS captivity

Few care services available for women, raped and pregnant, escaping ISIS captivity

By — April 23, 2015
Last week, Human Rights Watch released a report on the campaign of rape being waged in Iraq by the Islamic State (ISIS) and called for medical and psychological help for the survivors. The organization interviewed 20 women and girls in the Iraqi town of Dohuk who escaped captivity by the militant group, and also spoke to medical workers who are doing their best to help the survivors. more »
UN report on rape in war undercounts the real fallout

UN report on rape in war undercounts the real fallout

By — April 15, 2015
On Monday, a report from the UN was made public by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that highlights sexualized violence in war. The report covers attacks conducted in 2014 and describes violence against women in 19 countries—13 conflict zones, five countries that are recovering from conflict, and one “additional situation of concern” (Nigeria). more »
Can Angelina Jolie Pitt’s center on women and conflict create change?

Can Angelina Jolie Pitt’s center on women and conflict create change?

By — April 2, 2015
In February, the London School of Economics and Political Science announced the launch of a new Center on Women, Peace, and Security at the school. The center, which is scheduled to open in 2016, will focus on the “participation of women in conflict-related processes and on enhancing accountability and ending impunity for rape and sexual violence in war,” according to its website. more »
How do you stop rape in a broken state? Somalia is giving it a try

How do you stop rape in a broken state? Somalia is giving it a try

By — March 25, 2015
In 2011, a Thomson Reuters poll found that Somalia was ranked among the top five most dangerous countries to be a woman. Fewer than three years later, Human Rights Watch concluded that two decades of civil conflict in the country had created a large population of civilians vulnerable to sexualized violence, in a report titled “Here, Rape is Normal.” more »
‘India’s Daughter’ offers the first real challenge to India’s rape culture

‘India’s Daughter’ offers the first real challenge to India’s rape culture

By — March 13, 2015
When the loudest voices against sexualized violence against women have never caused anyone discomfort, it is safe to say that no one thought that their attitudes on women were being challenged. India's Daughter is the first time that those who knowingly or unknowingly espouse rape culture have been unnerved enough that they feel the need to shoot the messenger. more »

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