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 »
Pushed and pulled: What is the lure for Western women to join ISIS?

Pushed and pulled: What is the lure for Western women to join ISIS?

By — March 5, 2015
The British government is scrambling to find three of its female citizens traveling to join the ranks of foreign recruits to the Islamic State (IS or ISIS). These young women are not alone. According to one recent study, more than 500 women from Western countries have traveled to join the extremists in Iraq and Syria. more »
Media continues to under-report sexualized violence around the world: A February roundup

Media continues to under-report sexualized violence around the world: A February roundup

By — February 25, 2015
On February 24, a friend of mine posted an editorial on social media about a bill passed in the Pakistani Senate four days earlier, which punishes individuals who hinder prosecutions in rape cases or stigmatize the survivor. My friend asked: “How was this story not all over the news?” more »
Uber, buses, and streets: How safe are women in public spaces?

Uber, buses, and streets: How safe are women in public spaces?

By — February 20, 2015
In a visit to India in January, U.S. President Barack Obama said women everywhere should be able to “walk the street or ride the bus and be safe.” They should be “treated with respect,” he said. Yet less than two months before that visit, a 26-year-old woman from Delhi said she was raped by a taxi driver for Uber, a Web-based taxi firm that allows passengers to book rides using a phone app. more »
Raped for slave wages: Women in Congo trapped in under-reported violence amid ‘conflict minerals’

Raped for slave wages: Women in Congo trapped in under-reported violence amid ‘conflict minerals’

By — February 13, 2015
Twenty-five years of breathing in dust has led Mireille Mbale to drink milk when she can afford it; it is what she believes will guard her against lung disease. She makes less than $5 a day. Years of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s brash sun have dried her exposed skin. more »
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 »