‘A fate worse than death itself’: Women seek the remains of loved ones in the former Yugoslavia

‘A fate worse than death itself’: Women seek the remains of loved ones in the former Yugoslavia

By — April 25, 2017
In the languages of the former Yugoslavia “suza” means “tear.” And in the more than 20 years that have passed since the end of the wars that dismantled the country in the 1990s, it seems that there is one, very last tear that many mothers, wives, daughters, and sisters cannot shed until the mortal remains of their closest kin are found, identified, and properly buried. more »
U.S. defunding UNFPA could cost women their lives

U.S. defunding UNFPA could cost women their lives

By — April 13, 2017
I remember I was 5 years old as I watched my mother repeatedly climb to the highest part of the bed only to jump right back off again. I was confused. I could see that she was in emotional and physical pain. I was sad for her. more »
Syria chemical weapons attack puts new focus on regime crimes. One of which is rape.

Syria chemical weapons attack puts new focus on regime crimes. One of which is rape.

By — April 5, 2017
With Tuesday’s gruesome chemical attack in Syria all over the news, attention has suddenly turned toward the crimes of Bashar Al-Assad’s regime—and away, for a moment, from those of the Islamic State. It is about time. more »
Women missing in discussion of peacekeeping cuts

Women missing in discussion of peacekeeping cuts

By — April 4, 2017
In the Trump administration’s proposed mass slaying of any and all programs the United States financially supports in terms of human rights, one in particular is troubling for women around the world—and it’s an angle media have missed in their reporting. more »
Surviving the sexualized violence crisis in South Sudan

Surviving the sexualized violence crisis in South Sudan

By — March 29, 2017
Grace sits staring vacantly ahead, her hands tightly clasped in her lap. She is 16 years old but has a tiny frame that makes her look no older than 13. Underneath her checkered school dress, a small bump sticks out. In four months’ time, she is due to give birth to her stepfather’s child. more »
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 »