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 has doggedly covered rape in South Sudan

Storify: A conversation with a journalist 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 »
The actual state of sexualized violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The actual state of sexualized violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo

By — May 18, 2016
When the Democratic Republic of Congo was dubbed the “rape capital of the world” in 2010 by Margot Wallström, the former UN special representative on sexual violence in conflict, understandably the government of DRC was not happy. Besides that, putting one country above all others when it comes to violence against women is a debatable move: So many places have horrifying records of rape and impunity for such cases. But Wallström had good reason for aiming her words at what is unambiguously a truly terrible place for women. more »
The color of lawlessness: Sexual abuse by police, nationwide

The color of lawlessness: Sexual abuse by police, nationwide

By — May 4, 2016
I was stopped by the police one night in January 2015 as I rode the New York City subway. I was making the long trip back downtown from Washington Heights at around 2 a.m. and had fallen asleep. Suddenly, I jolted awake to find an NYPD officer standing over me. The officer asked me to step off the train. I asked him why. He insisted I do it. more »
Rape and sexualized violence in war: The vexing issue of causation and some reflections from Bosnia

Rape and sexualized violence in war: The vexing issue of causation and some reflections from Bosnia

By — April 26, 2016
Refugees. Srebrenica. The siege of Sarajevo. Burning villages such as Ahmići and Stupni Do. The Omarska camp. Captured in these words are some of the most powerful and lasting images of the 1992-1995 Bosnian war. The media captured many of the crimes committed in this conflict, while one particular set of crimes typically occurred behind closed doors. more »
‘There’s no news hook’: Q&A with Amanda Sperber on trying to cover rape in South Sudan

‘There’s no news hook’: Q&A with Amanda Sperber on trying to cover rape in South Sudan

By — April 15, 2016
The scale of sexualized violence in South Sudan has been described by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights as “shocking.” In a March report, the office counted more than 1,300 rapes in just five months in 2015 in a single area of the country, Unity State. And this number is only “a snapshot” of the real total, with women and girls being considered “a commodity” by soldiers. more »