The incredible challenge of convicting the first man for rape as a weapon of war

The incredible challenge of convicting the first man for rape as a weapon of war

By — November 30, 2016
Godeliève Mukasarasi promised God that if her children survived the Rwandan genocide of 1994, she would perform charitable acts. They lived. Soon after, the then 35-year-old social worker and mother founded SEVOTA, or Solidarity for the Development of Widows and Orphans to Promote Self-sufficiency and Livelihoods, a support group for women in the small Rwandan village of Taba. more »
Councilwoman urges ‘no fear’ for girls in post-IS Fallujah

Councilwoman urges ‘no fear’ for girls in post-IS Fallujah

By — November 22, 2016
Little girls returning to school in Fallujah “have nothing to fear,” said Nahla al-Rawi as a few security officers dusted off a chair for her in the partially rehabilitated main hospital. Al-Rawi, 48, is a member of the Anbar provincial council, which is tasked with inspecting and overseeing public facilities such as schools and hospitals. more »
Single mothers in Malawi struggle to feed families as famine spreads

Single mothers in Malawi struggle to feed families as famine spreads

By — November 17, 2016
Mary Elias, of Laje village in Malawi’s southern Zomba district, speaks in metaphors. “We are carrying both water cans,” she says of the situation for single mothers in drought-ridden Malawi—meaning that women with children but without partners are solely responsible for feeding, clothing, and educating their progeny. Already a Sisyphean task in a country the United Nations Development Program regularly ranks in the top 20 poorest on earth, this has become nearly impossible in the past few years. more »
Photos: Prostituted women fight for survival in war-torn South Sudan

Photos: Prostituted women fight for survival in war-torn South Sudan

By — November 10, 2016
Juba, South Sudan—In the Gumbo area of Juba, the capital of South Sudan, prostituted women are struggling to survive. Dozens of women who used to wait for clients are now going after them in markets and other busy areas of the city. more »
Syrian girls say building minds will help build futures

Syrian girls say building minds will help build futures

By — November 2, 2016
“Education is important because it builds a person’s mind, and the mind will build the future,” says Ethar, a 15-year-old Syrian girl with a winning smile. Explaining why going to school is important to her, the teenager, who fled Aleppo with her family four years ago, is unwavering in her conviction. Now living in Gaziantep, Turkey, she attends a school for Syrian refugee children. more »
Hungry and isolated, women who survived Boko Haram face new nightmare

Hungry and isolated, women who survived Boko Haram face new nightmare

By — October 25, 2016
Yagna Ibrahim is a woman who has a presence that is difficult to ignore. She strides into the room with grace and confidence, pulls out a chair, and sits down next to her friend and fellow women’s rights activist, Rabia Musa. more »
She survived ISIS, smugglers, and dolphins, but now faces her biggest challenge

She survived ISIS, smugglers, and dolphins, but now faces her biggest challenge

By — October 17, 2016
The air is stuffy by default. Soap, especially laundry soap, is usually a rare commodity among refugees. Add to the muddle of unwashed smells a buzzing from black flies, nearly 100 degree heat, and dark, polyester clothes that cover from head to toe, and life inside a makeshift container on the Greek island of Samos is an unpleasant one, thick with defeat. more »
Yazidi women and girls resist ISIS in creative ways

Yazidi women and girls resist ISIS in creative ways

By — October 4, 2016
On September 16, Nadia Murad, a 23-year-old Yazidi survivor of ISIS captivity, was appointed by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime as the Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking. It was the first time the UN had bestowed the title on such a survivor. more »
A major player in human trafficking tries to improve its image

A major player in human trafficking tries to improve its image

By — September 26, 2016
Within the first few days after Sandra Moreno’s daughter, Ana Paula, disappeared in 2009, Moreno reached out to a TV crew a few blocks from her home in the lower-middle-class neighborhood of Carapicuíba, in the Brazilian state of São Paulo. more »
We can no longer ignore Nauru: Atrocities against women, children plague Australian detention center

We can no longer ignore Nauru: Atrocities against women, children plague Australian detention center

By — August 24, 2016
In the middle of the Pacific Ocean lies the tiny, remote island of Nauru, which has come under scrutiny recently by the media and human rights groups. The Australian government, which provides direct aid to Nauru, uses the island to hold asylum seekers who have traveled to Australia by boat. more »