We asked people on camera about ‘privilege.’ They told us about rape.

We asked people on camera about ‘privilege.’ They told us about rape.

By — July 30, 2015
A few months ago, an Indian-American Hindu, a Christian Armenian-American, an American Jew, and a Muslim Pakistani-American filmed 22 strangers addressing questions about their experiences regarding gender, race, and wealth. We wanted to produce a website of short videos that explore the concept of “privilege.” more »
The missing women of the Mediterranean refugee crisis

The missing women of the Mediterranean refugee crisis

By — July 24, 2015
Dirty white gates fronted the detention center on the Italian island of Lampedusa, a tiny speck between Sicily and Tunisia, where 71 women were being held. Beyond the bars, I could just make out laundry hanging from the building in which they were housed—maybe 100 yards away—a yellow scarf, a hot-pink piece of cloth. more »
Reparations: More than monetary compensation

Reparations: More than monetary compensation

By — July 16, 2015
For the first time in the history of the Bosnian War Crimes Court, judges included compensation to a wartime rape victim as part of the court’s ruling. On June 24, 2015, Bosiljko Marković and Ostoja Marković were ordered to pay roughly $15,000 to the woman they raped during the war. The court sentenced each man to ten years in prison. more »
The refugee girl I barely met in Lampedusa

The refugee girl I barely met in Lampedusa

By — July 8, 2015
The end of June was hot and dry in Lampedusa, as summer always is. The week I spent on the island of an estimated 5,000-6,000 Italians there was a very separate center of town for a population of 771 people. more »
This is what a Mediterranean refugee boat landing looks like

This is what a Mediterranean refugee boat landing looks like

By — July 1, 2015
Often stories on the “Mediterranean migrant crisis” use shots of the rescue at sea: A rickety boat overfilled with desperate people wait to board some kind of Navy boat. But what happens to them next? more »
Searching for good news in the fight against rape

Searching for good news in the fight against rape

By — June 5, 2015
We began 2015 by looking at underreported stories of rape and sexualized violence around the world. Cases involving sexualized violence against women—its aftermath, its consequences—were falling below the public’s radar. Now, six months in, we thought we’d take a look at some of the good things that have happened—the steps forward in the march to end sexualized violence globally. more »
‘I was like his sex slave and not his wife’: An Indian woman tries to criminalize marital rape

‘I was like his sex slave and not his wife’: An Indian woman tries to criminalize marital rape

By — May 29, 2015
In India, it is legal to rape your wife. And as of last month, when a government minister explained why he thought the issue can’t be remedied in his country, marital rape is back in the news. more »
The woman charged with stopping rape in Congo: A Q&A with Jeanine Mabunda

The woman charged with stopping rape in Congo: A Q&A with Jeanine Mabunda

By — May 14, 2015
When Congolese President Joseph Kabila tapped 49-year-old Jeanine Mabunda Lioko, a finance executive and a member of the National Assembly of the Democratic Republic of Congo, to be his special representative on sexualized violence in July 2014, UN representatives hailed the appointment as a “new dawn” in the fight to end rape and child recruitment in the country’s 20-year conflict. more »
Few care services available for women, raped and pregnant, escaping ISIS captivity

Few care services available for women, raped and pregnant, escaping ISIS captivity

By — April 23, 2015
Last week, Human Rights Watch released a report on the campaign of rape being waged in Iraq by the Islamic State (ISIS) and called for medical and psychological help for the survivors. The organization interviewed 20 women and girls in the Iraqi town of Dohuk who escaped captivity by the militant group, and also spoke to medical workers who are doing their best to help the survivors. more »
UN report on rape in war undercounts the real fallout

UN report on rape in war undercounts the real fallout

By — April 15, 2015
On Monday, a report from the UN was made public by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that highlights sexualized violence in war. The report covers attacks conducted in 2014 and describes violence against women in 19 countries—13 conflict zones, five countries that are recovering from conflict, and one “additional situation of concern” (Nigeria). more »