Survivors unite, fearing a repeat of rape in upcoming Kenyan election

Survivors unite, fearing a repeat of rape in upcoming Kenyan election

By — July 18, 2017
In the violence that rocked Kenya following the disputed elections of 2007, the media reported hundreds of cases of sexualized violence. Jane’s was one of them. Today, Jane grapples with HIV, trauma, and empty promises of reparation. Her husband was killed in the violence, but his body has never been found. more »
Guatemala’s civil war has created a legacy of rape and teen pregnancy

Guatemala’s civil war has created a legacy of rape and teen pregnancy

By — July 6, 2017
Guatemala City—It’s not a stretch to say that the reproductive rights of women and girls are not fully recognized in Guatemala. On top of that—or perhaps because of it—Guatemala has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy in Latin America, where one in three girls becomes a mother before reaching the age of 18, according to a 2014 UNICEF report. more »
How women are fighting back in South Sudan’s epicenter of rape

How women are fighting back in South Sudan’s epicenter of rape

By — June 29, 2017
“He said, ‘If you cry, I’ll kill you,’” Agnes says. “He clasped my throat so I wouldn’t scream, threw me to the ground and raped me.” The shy, anxious 18-year-old lowers her eyes and touches her throat. She’s barely said a word in two months. more »
Women’s stories we’re missing as coverage of Trump dominates media

Women’s stories we’re missing as coverage of Trump dominates media

By — June 21, 2017
With Trump dominating nearly every bit of news across the country and in many parts of the world, reports of major human rights violations against women are being overshadowed. more »
Journalists challenge Syrian media to improve gender coverage in war

Journalists challenge Syrian media to improve gender coverage in war

By — June 14, 2017
Milia Eidmouni’s family didn’t want her to be a journalist. They wanted her to choose a more typical career for an educated Syrian woman, such as teaching. But as a feminist, women’s rights defender and human rights campaigner, she pursued her desire to become a working journalist in 2007 more »
Efforts to stop sex-trafficking focus on hotels

Efforts to stop sex-trafficking focus on hotels

By — June 9, 2017
Anneke Lucas survived being trafficked for sex not once, but twice. “I was 9 years old when an elderly English-speaking man took me to the United States in his jet and sex-trafficked me in a luxurious hotel,” says Lucas, an anti-trafficking advocate and the founder of the nonprofit organization Liberation Prison Yoga. more »
In Delhi, women’s councils deliver justice outside the legal system

In Delhi, women’s councils deliver justice outside the legal system

By — June 1, 2017
Every Wednesday at half-past one, in the narrow lanes of the southern Delhi slum of Dakshinpuri, a group of local women congregate in a windowless room. They are members of the “Mahila Panchayat,” or “female village council.” They are bound by a common cause—justice for women who suffer violence and harassment in their homes. more »
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 »