‘Everybody knew who testified’: Can disguises work for rape survivors?

‘Everybody knew who testified’: Can disguises work for rape survivors?

By — April 11, 2014
A woman sits, microphone in hand, behind a billowing, black curtain—further obscured by a black veil that hides her face, her body, and even her hands—as she finds the courage to recount her rape by government soldiers in Minova, Democratic Republic of Congo. more »
‘The system is designed to make you give up’: An American tackles domestic violence in China

‘The system is designed to make you give up’: An American tackles domestic violence in China

By — April 10, 2014
Kim Lee met Li Yang on a trip to China in 1999, when he was lecturing about “Crazy English,” a way of learning the language that involved overcoming inhibitions through shouting slogans such as “Conquer English to Make China Stronger!” more »
Where sisterhood ends: The victim in your own home

Where sisterhood ends: The victim in your own home

By — April 7, 2014
When the case of a 23-year-old Indonesian domestic worker made international headlines, readers were shocked to hear of the physical abuse that left the once vibrant young woman nearly disabled. But just as shocking to the international community was the subsequent revelation that her employer—a 40-year-old mother of two—had been charged with the attacks. more »
Mind the digital gender gap: Empowering women online

Mind the digital gender gap: Empowering women online

By — March 28, 2014
Women face a variety of barriers to full and equal access, including cost, lack of digital literacy, lack of awareness of the Internet’s potential, and entrenched cultural and gender norms that limit them from forming independent connections outside their home or community. These obstacles are worth overcoming. more »
#SiegePhoto winner: Holding the keys as a reminder of home

#SiegePhoto winner: Holding the keys as a reminder of home

By — March 25, 2014
We put out a call on social media last month asking you to send us your photos of women in war. In an email by Joanne Mariner, a senior crisis response adviser for Amnesty International, we found a stunning image. Mariner managed to capture the uncertainty of what it means to live in war in this photograph of the hands of a woman holding the keys to her home—now forever a part of her past—in the Central African Republic. more »
#CongoWomenSpeak: Photos from the ground in DRC

#CongoWomenSpeak: Photos from the ground in DRC

By — March 12, 2014
The war in Congo is like a snake. Sometimes it slithers by and you see it and feel terror; other times, it hides in the trees, waiting. Everywhere I traveled in the country with the Nobel Women’s Initiative in February, I felt that ever-present fear—and exhaustion from so many years of being either attacked or on the lookout. more »
Portraits of three women in Congo: Their lives, their rapes, their recovery

Portraits of three women in Congo: Their lives, their rapes, their recovery

By — March 6, 2014
There were so very many stories. Stories of women physically torn apart, leaving stains of urine on chairs from fistula they suffered from violent rape. Stories about sexual enslavement that left teenage girls hysterically crying and unable to finish speaking. Stories of erasure—of women who had been left by their husbands and shunned by their own children because men had raped them. more »
#CongoWomenSpeak report: Faces of genocide

#CongoWomenSpeak report: Faces of genocide

By — February 19, 2014
These are some of the faces of the 800,000 people killed in just 100 days in 1994 in Rwanda. The photos are hanging in Kigali’s genocide museum—a terrifying place that actually contains the remains of some 249,000 people murdered. more »
#CongoWomenSpeak report: The ghost in Congo’s war machine

#CongoWomenSpeak report: The ghost in Congo’s war machine

By — February 18, 2014
I’ve been reading King Leopold’s Ghost, by Adam Hochschild, which tells the utterly brutal colonial history of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Early on in the book, the author laments the lack of African voices on record that tell the history of the country. Instead it is a history told by the conquerors, as all history generally is. There is no shortage of evidence, however, that the Europeans who colonized the area inflicted terrors on black men and women that are stomach-sickening. more »
Selling women short in the name of fighting for their rights

Selling women short in the name of fighting for their rights

By — February 12, 2014
There is a movement in India that is seeking to secure 33 percent of seats for women in elected bodies. And while the "intellectuals" are racking up op-eds and the celebrities are lavishing their endorsements for the Women's Reservation Bill, I have some serious reservations of my own. more »