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 »
For female detainees in Syria, life after prison can be even worse

For female detainees in Syria, life after prison can be even worse

By — December 22, 2016
When Luna Watfa refused to reveal any information to her interrogators, they took her son, 17, and threatened to torture him. “They put my son’s hands behind his back, his T-shirt over his head and they took him,” she says. more »
Rape is being used for ethnic cleansing in South Sudan. But it’s not the first place, or the last.

Rape is being used for ethnic cleansing in South Sudan. But it’s not the first place, or the last.

By — December 19, 2016
Wars fought because of ethnic hatred often seem to be more brutal than others. This is just a personal observation, having studied many. Just look at Rwanda, whose 1994 war saw between 250,000 and half a million women raped, often with objects and often publicly, in order to spread maximum humiliation and terror. more »
For women in humanitarian crises, contraception is vital

For women in humanitarian crises, contraception is vital

By — December 15, 2016
The recent Lancet Series on Maternal Health confirms a well-established reality: The majority of preventable maternal deaths continue to occur in areas affected by humanitarian crisis, largely as a result of poor maternal care. But this reminder is also accompanied by a chronic offense. Contraception is not given the spotlight it deserves. more »