ISIS targets ‘dangerous women’ in Manchester attack

ISIS targets ‘dangerous women’ in Manchester attack

By — May 23, 2017
With this morning’s news that the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing at the UK’s Manchester Arena Monday night, the obviousness of the target begins to make a sick kind of sense. more »
10 do’s and don’ts on how to interview sexualized violence survivors

10 do’s and don’ts on how to interview sexualized violence survivors

By — May 17, 2017
This is meant as an informal guide for journalists who cover sexualized violence or want to, mainly in an international context. more »
Syrian women have a message: Drop earrings, not bombs

Syrian women have a message: Drop earrings, not bombs

By — May 16, 2017
Emerging from a crowd of around a dozen women, Farida, a 32-year-old Syrian refugee living in Istanbul, stood in front of a cabinet full of bright and colorful threads and beads. Looking at the materials with friends, she mused what color she should use for her next earring project. “Let’s not use orange and pink this time,” she murmured to one of her friends, another Syrian refugee. more »
Africa’s famine may be setting the stage for a new HIV epidemic

Africa’s famine may be setting the stage for a new HIV epidemic

By — May 11, 2017
No one should ever have to choose between starving to death and exposure to HIV, however millions of women and children struggling to survive in the drought-stricken countries of southern Africa aren’t being given a choice. more »
‘A fate worse than death itself’: Women seek the remains of loved ones in the former Yugoslavia

‘A fate worse than death itself’: Women seek the remains of loved ones in the former Yugoslavia

By — April 25, 2017
In the languages of the former Yugoslavia “suza” means “tear.” And in the more than 20 years that have passed since the end of the wars that dismantled the country in the 1990s, it seems that there is one, very last tear that many mothers, wives, daughters, and sisters cannot shed until the mortal remains of their closest kin are found, identified, and properly buried. more »
U.S. defunding UNFPA could cost women their lives

U.S. defunding UNFPA could cost women their lives

By — April 13, 2017
I remember I was 5 years old as I watched my mother repeatedly climb to the highest part of the bed only to jump right back off again. I was confused. I could see that she was in emotional and physical pain. I was sad for her. more »
Syria chemical weapons attack puts new focus on regime crimes. One of which is rape.

Syria chemical weapons attack puts new focus on regime crimes. One of which is rape.

By — April 5, 2017
With Tuesday’s gruesome chemical attack in Syria all over the news, attention has suddenly turned toward the crimes of Bashar Al-Assad’s regime—and away, for a moment, from those of the Islamic State. It is about time. more »
Women missing in discussion of peacekeeping cuts

Women missing in discussion of peacekeeping cuts

By — April 4, 2017
In the Trump administration’s proposed mass slaying of any and all programs the United States financially supports in terms of human rights, one in particular is troubling for women around the world—and it’s an angle media have missed in their reporting. more »
Surviving the sexualized violence crisis in South Sudan

Surviving the sexualized violence crisis in South Sudan

By — March 29, 2017
Grace sits staring vacantly ahead, her hands tightly clasped in her lap. She is 16 years old but has a tiny frame that makes her look no older than 13. Underneath her checkered school dress, a small bump sticks out. In four months’ time, she is due to give birth to her stepfather’s child. more »
Without IDs, Afghan women remain invisible in the justice system

Without IDs, Afghan women remain invisible in the justice system

By — March 13, 2017
Nargez* was 14 when her father arranged her marriage to a 55-year-old stranger who offered a large amount of money. After years of sexual and physical abuse, she fled with her brother’s help and sought safety in his home. But when she tried to file for divorce, her husband pressed charges against her for running away and against her brother for helping her. They were sentenced to seven years. more »