We can no longer ignore Nauru: Atrocities against women, children plague Australian detention center

We can no longer ignore Nauru: Atrocities against women, children plague Australian detention center

By — August 24, 2016
In the middle of the Pacific Ocean lies the tiny, remote island of Nauru, which has come under scrutiny recently by the media and human rights groups. The Australian government, which provides direct aid to Nauru, uses the island to hold asylum seekers who have traveled to Australia by boat. more »
The power of questions: Screening for gender-based violence in humanitarian settings

The power of questions: Screening for gender-based violence in humanitarian settings

By — August 18, 2016
Imagine a health center that is open, stocked with vaccines and fully staffed, in a region where measles is known to be endemic. But only three children are vaccinated every month. Would you then conclude that measles is not a big problem? Would you accept the job as done? more »
‘Solidarity is stronger than fear’: In central Athens exists a buzzing Babel for women refugees

‘Solidarity is stronger than fear’: In central Athens exists a buzzing Babel for women refugees

By — August 11, 2016
Tucked away in the graffitied center of Athens is a soothing example of 1920s architecture. High ceilings and arched doorways lead to a stone-walled patio. The feeling inside is fresh on a sweaty day in Greece, with a breeze winding through tall, paneled windows. But it is the life inside, the laughter and chatter, that makes this a truly calming place. more »
For refugees in Greece, a harsh shift from transit country to home

For refugees in Greece, a harsh shift from transit country to home

By — August 8, 2016
Here was yet another family flung across the sea from Syria sitting in an air-conditioned, yet still stuffy, container that is their temporary home on the island of Samos in Greece. With so many of them having made it to the country together, the Al-Ghateb family stood out from the hundreds of single men and mothers with children at the camp. more »
Playtime for refugee girls in Greece

Playtime for refugee girls in Greece

By — August 4, 2016
“My friend, my friend!” Two little Syrian girls come running toward me as they see the camera around my neck. These two words are part of their limited English vocabulary, a language they are being taught in school at the Vathi refugee center—known as a “hot spot”—on the island of Samos in Greece. more »
What happens when a religious leader supports female genital mutilation

What happens when a religious leader supports female genital mutilation

By — August 3, 2016
In the confines of their home in Boston, the Bandukwalas decided that their 8-year-old would not undergo khatna, the name given to the practice of female genital mutilation by their community of Dawoodi Bohras. While hardly dinner conversation, the topic was in the air all evening. Finally, the couple agreed not to do it. more »
Perpetrator of Walikale mass rape still at large: Call for arrest and reparation to victims

Perpetrator of Walikale mass rape still at large: Call for arrest and reparation to victims

By — July 29, 2016
Six years after one of the worst single incidents of mass rape ever recorded in the 21st century, no perpetrator of the Walikale mass rapes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has ever been brought to trial in either a domestic or international forum. The attacks were condemned at the time by the United Nations Security Council, which urged swift prosecution. The hundreds of victims have never received any acknowledgment or reparation from the Congolese state. more »
In the fight against rape in Bosnia-Herzegovina, where are the men?

In the fight against rape in Bosnia-Herzegovina, where are the men?

By — July 25, 2016
To paraphrase one of Friedrich Nietzsche's most-cited sayings, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” Rape and sexualized violence can kill, but those who survive it may emerge stronger. They need strength to testify against their perpetrators in court, strength to tell their husbands what happened, strength to carry on with their lives. more »

The Index: Sexual Assault of Men, Mainly in Conflict, by the Numbers

By — July 16, 2016
Number of historic armed conflicts around the world in which sexualized violence against men—including rape, sexual torture, mutilation of the genitals, sexual humiliation, sexual enslavement, forced incest and forced rape—has been reported: 25 more »
When rape became a war crime (hint: It’s not when you think)

When rape became a war crime (hint: It’s not when you think)

By — July 13, 2016
Much confusion swirls around when rape was actually recognized as a war crime. Try Googling “rape as a war crime” and you’ll find the third result is a Huffington Post article declaring that it was made such a crime definitively in the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda’s initial case, in 1998. But this isn’t exactly right. more »