Who killed the girls? In India,         a forgotten crime

Who killed the girls? In India,      a forgotten crime

Earlier this year, Indian newspapers ran front-page stories about two teenage girls who had been hanged in a mango tree. The public display caught the country’s attention. Media stories snowballed. Reporters did live updates from the same tree where the girls were hanged. Here, a riveting update on the case that includes interviews with the girls' fathers, at left, and the accused. Photo by Chitranjan Singh. Read More »

Carry that weight: A student protest highlights campus rape

Carry that weight: A student protest highlights campus rape

Emma Sulkowicz, a senior at New York’s Columbia University, has taken the publicity of her rape to another level. For her senior thesis, Sulkowicz, who was raped in her own dorm bed, is carrying the mattress around with her until her alleged rapist is expelled. With every step, she makes one more move toward becoming the face and name behind a developing fight for justice for women on college campuses across the United States. Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images. Read More »

Stopping cycle of violence depends on how we prioritize it

Stopping cycle of violence depends on how we prioritize it

Justice for survivors of conflict means making their stories a priority, and justice, or an end to impunity, helps toward preventing future wars. The unceasing cycle of violence depends, in part, on how we prioritize it—if we pay attention to all facets of conflict, can the world become a more peaceful place in which both women and men’s lives are valued equally? Photo by Lauren Wolfe. Read More »

The Index: The Cost of Violence Against Women

The Index: The Cost of Violence Against Women

Violence against women has a heavy price—an actual dollar amount—that is shocking. We've gathered some stats that may surprise you: There are losses throughout the legal and health care sectors due to domestic and sexualized violence, as well as massive amounts of lost personal income. The costs vary around the world, but the message is the same: Hurting women hurts us all, even financially. Read More »

From civil rights to Ferguson: What’s missing in media coverage of police violence

From civil rights to Ferguson: What’s missing in media coverage of police violence

By — October 16, 2014
Anyone watching the news this past August could think they’d been transported back to Montgomery, Georgia, circa 1954. Darren Wilson, a white police officer, had shot dead 18-year-old black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Images of police in riot gear unleashing dogs and water cannons on protesters dominated every TV network. Violence between demonstrators and police erupted in the small town. more »
Who killed the girls? In India, a forgotten crime

Who killed the girls? In India, a forgotten crime

By — October 2, 2014
On May 28, 2014, most Indian newspapers ran front-page stories about two teenage girls, cousins, who had been hanged in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh after being allegedly gang-raped. Some papers also printed the disturbing image of the girls’ bodies hanging from a mango tree in their village. The public display of the young girls, wearing blood-stained clothes and riddled with thorns, caught India’s attention. more »
Double discrimination: Disabled women face increased violence in wartime

Double discrimination: Disabled women face increased violence in wartime

By — September 26, 2014
Just like any other population caught up in a war zone, people with disabilities suffer displacement, injury, and trauma. About 6.5 million of the 43.51 million people who have been displaced due to conflict live with a disability. Yet in conflict, when the social fabric is vulnerable and resources are limited, people with disabilities face increased violence while their protection needs often go ignored. more »
Carry that weight: A student protest highlights countrywide campus failure to find justice for rape

Carry that weight: A student protest highlights countrywide campus failure to find justice for rape

By — September 12, 2014
Emma Sulkowicz, a senior visual arts major at Columbia University, has been the frontwoman for the school’s mishandling of sexual assault on campus ever since she released her name to the press last spring. more »
Abuses by the Indian government keep one woman on a 14-year hunger strike

Abuses by the Indian government keep one woman on a 14-year hunger strike

By — September 4, 2014
Irom Sharmila, 42, has long advocated for the repeal of India’s Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, or AFSPA, which gives the Indian army legal immunity for various brutal actions. She has been arrested again and again since starting a hunger strike in November 2000. “I have spent 14 years of my life chewing my tongue just for violence on all sides to end,” she has said. more »

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