Just a few weeks into 2015, we’re already missing big stories on violence against women

Just a few weeks into 2015, we’re already missing big stories on violence against women

By — January 28, 2015
While the news cycle in January was dominated by reports on Japanese hostages held by the militant group Islamic State and the Paris attacks on the offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, some stories didn’t receive as much attention. more »
All-enveloping silence persists around rape in Ukraine conflict

All-enveloping silence persists around rape in Ukraine conflict

By — January 15, 2015
The conflict in eastern Ukraine, now in its 10th month, has taken a heavy toll on the country’s population. Wide-ranging violations of international humanitarian law have been documented on both sides of the conflict, following clashes between Russian-backed rebels and the Ukrainian government forces in the eastern regions of the country. more »
Infographic: Rape in war, by the numbers

Infographic: Rape in war, by the numbers

By — January 9, 2015
We know there’s a problem but we don’t know how big it is. That’s what governments, scholars, and others argue when trying to figure out how to allot funds toward this problem of sexualized violence in conflict. If we don’t know the numbers, they ask, how can we help properly? How can we mount prosecutions? Offer reparations? Put in place proper advocacy? So the thinking goes. more »
Evidence mounts in Ukraine that both sides are committing sexualized violence

Evidence mounts in Ukraine that both sides are committing sexualized violence

By — December 29, 2014
Thirty-year-old Anna Guz was held by pro-Russian rebels for six days in May. (Guz is not her real name; she asked to be identified by a pseudonym for safety reasons.) Men in military uniforms abducted the pro-Ukrainian activist, along with her boyfriend, from her Donetsk apartment in the middle of the night. more »
Less than 350 days to go till it’s #16Days again! Some thoughts to keep you going till then

Less than 350 days to go till it’s #16Days again! Some thoughts to keep you going till then

By — December 12, 2014
Following the end of the #16Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, WMC’s Women Under Siege has gathered some of the best tweets out there in the hope that this action, this dialogue, this advocacy doesn’t stop here. We can do more. We must. more »
The missing group of victims in conflict-related violence

The missing group of victims in conflict-related violence

By — December 11, 2014
At the age of 18, Leyla’s three-year lesbian relationship was discovered. She ran away to Baghdad from her home in the conservative Iraqi city of Basra, though her girlfriend wasn’t able to escape. Staying behind turned out to be deadly. more »
Can media keep violence against women in focus for at least #16Days?

Can media keep violence against women in focus for at least #16Days?

By — November 24, 2014
With the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence starting tomorrow, November 25, I thought I’d share some of my favorite recent reads on gender-based violence, whether close to home or far afield. more »
The need for numbers on rape in war—and why they’re nearly impossible to get

The need for numbers on rape in war—and why they’re nearly impossible to get

By — November 13, 2014
Countless women and girls have been raped to death, held as sexual slaves, gang raped, and subjected to sexual mutilation in conflicts during the last century—in the Rwandan genocide, the Nanking massacre, the war in the former Yugoslavia, Sierra Leone’s civil war, and Burma’s long-running armed conflict, to name a few. more »
Left behind: Inheritance practice in West Africa leaves women with nothing

Left behind: Inheritance practice in West Africa leaves women with nothing

By — November 5, 2014
Bimbatta Niamey, a poised and soft-spoken woman from West Africa’s Burkina Faso, was suddenly stripped of all her stability and left to rebuild her life alone in December 2012, when her husband died of liver complications. The family of her husband, who was a chauffeur, immediately withdrew her entire savings while she cared for him. more »
The pain of female genital mutilation is felt in the U.S., too

The pain of female genital mutilation is felt in the U.S., too

By — October 27, 2014
Her father helped her escape. He knew if she stayed in Ivory Coast, she’d be married against her will as a teenager, her genitals ritualistically cut, raped by her husband, and forced to bear his children. Her life as she knew it would end. She left for New York, where her father thought she would be safe. Now the U.S. immigration system wants to send her back. She is 16 years old. more »