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 »
Can Angelina Jolie Pitt’s center on women and conflict create change?

Can Angelina Jolie Pitt’s center on women and conflict create change?

By — April 2, 2015
In February, the London School of Economics and Political Science announced the launch of a new Center on Women, Peace, and Security at the school. The center, which is scheduled to open in 2016, will focus on the “participation of women in conflict-related processes and on enhancing accountability and ending impunity for rape and sexual violence in war,” according to its website. more »
How do you stop rape in a broken state? Somalia is giving it a try

How do you stop rape in a broken state? Somalia is giving it a try

By — March 25, 2015
In 2011, a Thomson Reuters poll found that Somalia was ranked among the top five most dangerous countries to be a woman. Fewer than three years later, Human Rights Watch concluded that two decades of civil conflict in the country had created a large population of civilians vulnerable to sexualized violence, in a report titled “Here, Rape is Normal.” more »
‘India’s Daughter’ offers the first real challenge to India’s rape culture

‘India’s Daughter’ offers the first real challenge to India’s rape culture

By — March 13, 2015
When the loudest voices against sexualized violence against women have never caused anyone discomfort, it is safe to say that no one thought that their attitudes on women were being challenged. India's Daughter is the first time that those who knowingly or unknowingly espouse rape culture have been unnerved enough that they feel the need to shoot the messenger. more »
A post-#IWD2015 reading list: Stories on women and violence you shouldn’t miss

A post-#IWD2015 reading list: Stories on women and violence you shouldn’t miss

By — March 11, 2015
Back in November, global attention shifted for a brief moment from apocalyptic breaking news cycles just long enough for us to have an honest discourse on sexualized violence, thanks to the campaign for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. This month, we’ve been given that kind of opportunity again. more »