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Priyali Sur

Priyali Sur

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Priyali Sur is a journalist and documentary filmmaker. She focuses on human rights and women’s issues. She can be found on Twitter at @priyalisur.

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Playtime for refugee girls in Greece

Playtime for refugee girls in Greece

By — August 4, 2016
“My friend, my friend!” Two little Syrian girls come running toward me as they see the camera around my neck. These two words are part of their limited English vocabulary, a language they are being taught in school at the Vathi refugee center—known as a “hot spot”—on the island of Samos in Greece. more »
Disability: A major hurdle on the migration route for women refugees

Disability: A major hurdle on the migration route for women refugees

By — June 29, 2016
The woman looked uneasy and uncomfortable as she peered outside her tent. All she could see was an empty stretch with a few bushes, where men were taking turns to urinate. There were no facilities available for women. This was the situation nine months ago at the border of Serbia and Hungary, when I visited a refugee camp where men, women, and children were stuck for days. Unfortunately, not much has changed since then, and for one hidden segment of refugee society, life is even harder than this. more »
‘I was a servant, a sex machine and a punching bag’: Why marital rape is still legal in India

‘I was a servant, a sex machine and a punching bag’: Why marital rape is still legal in India

By — June 22, 2016
The life of a Bollywood stuntwoman outside the realm of the silver screen caught India’s attention last month when a video captured her struggle behind the screen. Geeta Tandon spoke about her marriage at the age of 15 and surviving domestic abuse, including rape, from her husband. more »
A country where women are forced to have unprotected sex with husbands—even if the men have AIDS

A country where women are forced to have unprotected sex with husbands—even if the men have AIDS

By — December 11, 2015
Maseru, Lesotho—“That’s how African men are,” the woman said. She and two others laughed aloud at the infidelity of their husbands. Their laughter resonated in the hotel lobby, attracting disapproving stares from the men in business suits who occupied most of the other coffee tables. more »
The simple connections that matter most in the EU’s ongoing refugee nightmare

The simple connections that matter most in the EU’s ongoing refugee nightmare

By — October 14, 2015
In a swirl of humanity punctuated by police geared with batons, riot gear, and even machine guns, a sense of solace can be hard to find. But for many of the refugees I met at the Hungarian border with Serbia and Croatia, they sought to locate that saving grace in their families, who were both a source of anxiety on this unending journey, and also their succor. more »
From Afghanistan to Hungary and beyond: The journey of one refugee family

From Afghanistan to Hungary and beyond: The journey of one refugee family

By — September 25, 2015
“Do you know where this road goes from here? We are hungry, and my baby hasn’t eaten much,” an exhausted young Afghan woman asks me. Roma, her 2-year-old son, Abraham, and three men from her family were walking on the side of the road in the Hungarian village of Roszke, looking completely lost, when we stumbled upon them. more »
‘We can’t go back. We have nothing left’: Syrian refugee women on the border

‘We can’t go back. We have nothing left’: Syrian refugee women on the border

By — September 21, 2015
Almost every hour, the men run to the Serbia-Hungarian border crossing, shouting together, “Open the gate! Open the gate!” But the Roszke Horgos border remains guarded by Hungarian police after the government of Hungarian President Viktor Orbán ordered it shut on Tuesday. more »
Spending the night on the Serbia-Hungary border with refugee women

Spending the night on the Serbia-Hungary border with refugee women

By — September 16, 2015
Many of the 3,000 refugees who spent last night on the Serbian side of its border with Hungary are women and children. Hungary shut the border on Tuesday, saying refugees had to apply for asylum before entering the country. Hungarian authorities said that criminal proceedings would be launched against any migrants found crossing the fence illegally and that they could face up to 10 years in prison. more »
‘I was like his sex slave and not his wife’: An Indian woman tries to criminalize marital rape

‘I was like his sex slave and not his wife’: An Indian woman tries to criminalize marital rape

By — May 29, 2015
In India, it is legal to rape your wife. And as of last month, when a government minister explained why he thought the issue can’t be remedied in his country, marital rape is back in 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 »
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 »
Indian government fails acid attack survivors, activists say

Indian government fails acid attack survivors, activists say

By — August 8, 2014
In India, the battle for justice is on many fronts for women who survive acid attacks. They continue, in part, because the government has failed to regulate the sales of acid and police have repeatedly failed to even take reports of attacks. So beyond the punishment of specific perpetrators, activists and survivors are fighting to obtain compensation from the government—and rehabilitation. more »
The long and lonely fight: Q&A with Indian tribal rights activist Soni Sori

The long and lonely fight: Q&A with Indian tribal rights activist Soni Sori

By — July 29, 2014
In a crowded auditorium at a conference on gender-based violence in Delhi this month, a frail woman sits silently. When the discussion shifts to atrocities on tribal women, she takes center stage. When she speaks, the crowd listens in silence. Soni Sori, a schoolteacher, speaks about the fate of women in Chhattisgarh, an Indian state that has been engulfed in violence and conflict. more »
A Delhi street where sex workers are forgotten

A Delhi street where sex workers are forgotten

By — April 22, 2014
With painted faces and shiny clothes, almost every day of their lives these women are forced to sell themselves for sex. Their work and lives are at the bottom of everyone’s concern, but they are still tied to Garstin Bastion Road—commonly known as GB Road—Delhi’s biggest red light area, which lies at the center of a busy commercial corner of the capital. more »
Silent slaves: Stories of human trafficking in India

Silent slaves: Stories of human trafficking in India

By — December 30, 2013
In a women’s ward in a New Delhi hospital lies a frail 15-year-old girl. Her face and head are bandaged, leaving visible only a bruised blue-black eye and swollen lips. Burn marks and scabs extend down her neck to her whole body, and a strange stench surrounds her. more »