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 »
In southern Italy, the mafia preys on teens

In southern Italy, the mafia preys on teens

By — March 3, 2017
Thirteen-year-old Jane* lived in Melito Porto Salvo, a village in Calabria, a region that is commonly referred to as Italy’s toe. She was young, confused, and lonely after her parents decided to separate. Like many children in this situation, she struggled to make sense of her new world. All of that changed when she met 19-year-old Davide Schimizzi in the summer of 2013. Their romance filled an emotional void in her life. more »
How Amnesty uncovered ‘a universe of degradation’ at Saydnaya Prison

How Amnesty uncovered ‘a universe of degradation’ at Saydnaya Prison

By — February 22, 2017
Earlier this month, Amnesty released a report detailing allegations of government-sanctioned abuses in the two buildings of Saydnaya military prison outside of Damascus, between 2011 and 2015. The findings show a systematic policy of mass executions, torture and deprivation of food, water, medicine and medical care, which could amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. more »
São Paulo tries to combat Brazil’s rape culture

São Paulo tries to combat Brazil’s rape culture

By — February 15, 2017
On December 14, 2016, 23-year-old feminist activist Débora Soriano de Melo was bludgeoned to death with a baseball bat in a bar in São Paulo, Brazil. There was evidence that the young activist suffered sexual abuse that same night. Detectives suspected Willy Gorayeb Liger, a manager of the bar, in the assault and called for his arrest on rape charges. more »
Trying to slow Kenya’s HIV rates, locals tackle sex-for-fish trade

Trying to slow Kenya’s HIV rates, locals tackle sex-for-fish trade

By — February 9, 2017
After her husband died, Margaret, 55, saw no alternative but to sell her body in order to feed her four children. She would walk down to Lake Victoria every day to buy fish to sell in the market. But first she had to have sex with a fisherman. For at least the past two decades, fishermen at Lake Victoria have demanded sex before selling their catch to female fish traders. more »
This is what intolerance looks like

This is what intolerance looks like

By — January 28, 2017
“No hate! No fear! Refugees are welcome here!” Shouts are rising into the night sky in Brooklyn as I write this. I just left the Brooklyn federal courthouse, where hundreds of people are chanting that and more, some slogans more angry and profane than others. more »
‘Young women come to us completely broken’: Q&A with head of Heshima, a Kenyan nonprofit for girls

‘Young women come to us completely broken’: Q&A with head of Heshima, a Kenyan nonprofit for girls

By — January 23, 2017
Once known as a refugee-friendly nation, Kenya is becoming more resistant to taking in people who have been forced to flee their homes. That means added challenges for the nonprofit Heshima and the refugee girls it supports, says executive director Alisa Roadcup. more »
Unimaginable trauma of Yazidi women is heightened by fragile psychosocial support

Unimaginable trauma of Yazidi women is heightened by fragile psychosocial support

By — January 20, 2017
In September 2016, when I arrived at a gloomy, two-star Econo Lodge hotel in Fort Lee, New Jersey, Daey*—which means “mother” in Kurdish—was sleeping. more »
In DRC, girls choose to become child soldiers to escape poverty

In DRC, girls choose to become child soldiers to escape poverty

By — January 6, 2017
Throughout the conflict in DRC, children have been abducted and made to serve as soldiers. While most are male, it is estimated over a third are female, used mainly as domestic and sexual servants, but sometimes as fighters. Now an NGO has released a report showing that many of the girls weren’t enlisted by force. more »
Trying to shut her up: Indigenous activist facing threats stands up for peace in Colombia

Trying to shut her up: Indigenous activist facing threats stands up for peace in Colombia

By — January 3, 2017
On April 20, Marcia Mejía Chirimia, 28, an indigenous Colombian peace and women’s rights activist, received a text message from someone she believes is a member of a paramilitary group. more »