In the fight against rape in Bosnia-Herzegovina, where are the men?

In the fight against rape in Bosnia-Herzegovina, where are the men?

By — July 25, 2016
To paraphrase one of Friedrich Nietzsche's most-cited sayings, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” Rape and sexualized violence can kill, but those who survive it may emerge stronger. They need strength to testify against their perpetrators in court, strength to tell their husbands what happened, strength to carry on with their lives. more »

The Index: Sexual Assault of Men, Mainly in Conflict, by the Numbers

By — July 16, 2016
Number of historic armed conflicts around the world in which sexualized violence against men—including rape, sexual torture, mutilation of the genitals, sexual humiliation, sexual enslavement, forced incest and forced rape—has been reported: 25 more »
When rape became a war crime (hint: It’s not when you think)

When rape became a war crime (hint: It’s not when you think)

By — July 13, 2016
Much confusion swirls around when rape was actually recognized as a war crime. Try Googling “rape as a war crime” and you’ll find the third result is a Huffington Post article declaring that it was made such a crime definitively in the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda’s initial case, in 1998. But this isn’t exactly right. more »
A gang rape shakes the foundations of Brazil’s entrenched rape culture

A gang rape shakes the foundations of Brazil’s entrenched rape culture

By — July 7, 2016
In May, a 16-year-old girl reported that she had been raped by at least 33 men armed with assault rifles and handguns in a favela, or slum, in the western part of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. The girl said she believed she was drugged after she went to a party with her boyfriend on May 21. She woke up naked and wounded in a house, she said, surrounded by more than two-dozen men. The attack was so vicious it ruptured her bladder. 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 »
Storify: A conversation with a journalist who has doggedly covered rape in South Sudan

Storify: A conversation with a journalist who has doggedly covered rape in South Sudan

By — June 14, 2016
WMC Women Under Siege hosted a Twitter chat on June 1 with Amanda Sperber, a freelance foreign correspondent whose comprehensive coverage of rape in South Sudan has been published by outlets like Vice and Foreign Policy. more »
Essential tools for reporting in Mexico: a notebook, camera, and contraceptive pill

Essential tools for reporting in Mexico: a notebook, camera, and contraceptive pill

By — June 8, 2016
It was May, and I was at the Club de Periodistas de Mexico (Mexico Press Club), speaking with a group of female crime journalists in Mexico City about the challenges they face while reporting in the country. more »
Storify: How to build a solid case for rape in war

Storify: How to build a solid case for rape in war

By — June 2, 2016
On May 26, WMC Women Under Siege hosted a Twitter chat with Karen Naimer, director of the Boston-based Physicians for Human Rights’ program on sexual violence in conflict. We talked about methods of gathering and documenting forensic evidence in what are probably the world’s most difficult environments: war zones. more »
Improving post-conflict development outcomes: Empowering adolescent girls

Improving post-conflict development outcomes: Empowering adolescent girls

By — May 24, 2016
Post-conflict development efforts cannot afford to forget about adolescent youth. While all youth face certain challenges in adolescence, girls are constrained in different, and often more detrimental, ways than boys, particularly in post-conflict settings. more »