Disabled women face increased violence in wartime

Disabled women face increased violence in wartime

Just like any other population caught up in a war zone, people with disabilities suffer displacement, injury, and trauma. An estimated 6.5 million of the 43.51 million people who have been displaced due to conflict globally are living with a disability. Yet in conflict, people with disabilities face increased violence while their specific protection needs often go ignored. Photo by Lauren Wolfe. 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 »

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 »
Re-conceiving war: Stopping a cycle of violence depends on how we prioritize it

Re-conceiving war: Stopping a cycle of violence depends on how we prioritize it

By — September 3, 2014
A young woman seems to have attached herself to me one day at Zaatari, a refugee camp holding at least 120,000 Syrians in the middle of the Jordanian desert. Her name is Abeer and she is the less obviously beautiful, older sister to a 16-year-old girl who has been married off to a much-older Libyan food distributor. He gave the girl a watch, perfume, and water when they met. more »
New evidence emerges of mass rape during post-election violence in Kenya

New evidence emerges of mass rape during post-election violence in Kenya

By — August 29, 2014
A study by Physicians for Human Rights published today in the peer-reviewed online publication PLOS One has found that the pattern of sexual assault perpetrated during the period following the contested 2007 presidential elections in Kenya is consistent with the patterns of mass rape documented in conflict settings elsewhere. more »

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