Congo’s invisible, third-class citizens find solidarity

Congo’s invisible, third-class citizens find solidarity

By — January 29, 2016
There’s a darkish room, maybe 12 feet by 13 feet, tucked into the back area of the ground floor of a school called Lycée Wima. Seated along walls of peeling paint are more than a dozen women sewing patterned bags, shoes, dresses, and dolls on elegant Singer sewing machines from the time between the last world wars. The work is exacting. more »
When the unspeakable happens but no one listens: A repressed story of rape in Manipur

When the unspeakable happens but no one listens: A repressed story of rape in Manipur

By — January 15, 2016
Effects of a conflict linger differently on different people. The following excerpt from my book, Mother, Where’s My Country?, is a story of struggle, loss, lack of closure, and denial of memory and justice. The book and excerpt are set in the northeast Indian state of Manipur, a gritty landscape. more »
‘Never enough’ resources for rape cases in Congo: A Q&A with Colonel Magistrate Freddy Mukendi

‘Never enough’ resources for rape cases in Congo: A Q&A with Colonel Magistrate Freddy Mukendi

By — January 8, 2016
Colonel Magistrate Freddy Mukendi is an imposing man who speaks from behind darkly shaded eyeglasses. He takes up the full space of a lounge chair, giving off a breezy, if formal, comfort in his own skin. Considering his high-level position in the DRC, this may not be entirely unexpected. more »
Q&A: Sarah Deer on sexualized violence in Native America

Q&A: Sarah Deer on sexualized violence in Native America

By — December 18, 2015
When we talk about rape and sexualized violence, there is a tendency to think of it as something that happens to “others,” somewhere far away. But legal scholar, professor, and advocate Sarah Deer knows all too well that gender and sexualized violence is not limited to Syria, or Bosnia, or the Democratic Republic of Congo. It continues to happen right here in North America. more »
Writing Rape: Women’s Media Center study finds crucial gap in coverage by gender

Writing Rape: Women’s Media Center study finds crucial gap in coverage by gender

By — December 16, 2015
Media coverage of U.S. campus rape and sexualized violence is significantly skewed toward the bylines and voices of men, according to a Women’s Media Center report released today. more »
A country where women are forced to have unprotected sex with husbands—even if the men have AIDS

A country where women are forced to have unprotected sex with husbands—even if the men have AIDS

By — December 11, 2015
Maseru, Lesotho—“That’s how African men are,” the woman said. She and two others laughed aloud at the infidelity of their husbands. Their laughter resonated in the hotel lobby, attracting disapproving stares from the men in business suits who occupied most of the other coffee tables. more »
Violent beginnings: The critical window to prevent intimate partner violence

Violent beginnings: The critical window to prevent intimate partner violence

By — November 25, 2015
There are various forms of violence that women and girls experience, but intimate partner violence is, by far, the most common, with one in three women affected globally. And while a common approach to designing prevention programs for intimate partner violence includes targeting men and women in relationships, new evidence shows that the approach may be misguided. more »
Burma sends war criminal to represent human rights record at UN

Burma sends war criminal to represent human rights record at UN

By — November 6, 2015
Today, as part of the UN Human Rights Council’s “Universal Periodic Review” process, Burma will be questioned by every country in the world on the nooks and crannies of human rights abuses happening inside its borders more »
‘Someone banged on my door’: 7 years after election rapes, justice still missing for Kenya survivors

‘Someone banged on my door’: 7 years after election rapes, justice still missing for Kenya survivors

By — October 26, 2015
In January 2008, during the violence following Kenya’s disputed elections, someone banged on my door. The man was a friend of my neighbor and, since my neighbor wasn’t home, I thought I might be able to help. But when I opened the door, he forced his way into my house and raped me. more »
The simple connections that matter most in the EU’s ongoing refugee nightmare

The simple connections that matter most in the EU’s ongoing refugee nightmare

By — October 14, 2015
In a swirl of humanity punctuated by police geared with batons, riot gear, and even machine guns, a sense of solace can be hard to find. But for many of the refugees I met at the Hungarian border with Serbia and Croatia, they sought to locate that saving grace in their families, who were both a source of anxiety on this unending journey, and also their succor. more »