New evidence emerges of mass rape during post-election violence in Kenya

New evidence emerges of mass rape during post-election violence in Kenya

By — August 29, 2014
A study by Physicians for Human Rights published today in the peer-reviewed online publication PLOS One has found that the pattern of sexual assault perpetrated during the period following the contested 2007 presidential elections in Kenya is consistent with the patterns of mass rape documented in conflict settings elsewhere. more »
The cookstove-rape prevention myth and the problem with simple solutions

The cookstove-rape prevention myth and the problem with simple solutions

By — August 27, 2014
Indoor air pollution might not be a problem for you and me, but it is a deadly issue for roughly 3 billion people in the world. According to the WHO, household air pollution killed 4.3 million people in 2012. That accounts for nearly 8 percent of global deaths that year. more »
Photos: Everyday life in Juárez, one of the most violent cities on earth

Photos: Everyday life in Juárez, one of the most violent cities on earth

By — August 22, 2014
The year photographer Itzel Aguilera moved to the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juárez in 2008, it achieved notoriety as the most violent city in the world. Living there with her husband and daughters Valeria, 6, and Dalia, 7 months old, Aguilera, who is 43, was starting to feel unsafe. more »
The Index: The Cost of Violence Against Women

The Index: The Cost of Violence Against Women

By — August 21, 2014
Cost of sexualized and domestic violence in the U.S. estimated per year in 2003, in billions: 5.8 ... Overall cost of health care in this estimate, in billions: 4.1 ... Cost of rape in this estimate, in millions: 319 ... more »
In Iraq, women ‘are the battlefield’

In Iraq, women ‘are the battlefield’

By — August 12, 2014
Yanar Mohammed’s voice is shaky when she picks up the phone. It is noticeable. She apologizes and takes a quick second to compose herself. She has been unnerved by something she just saw on television. more »
Indian government fails acid attack survivors, activists say

Indian government fails acid attack survivors, activists say

By — August 8, 2014
In India, the battle for justice is on many fronts for women who survive acid attacks. They continue, in part, because the government has failed to regulate the sales of acid and police have repeatedly failed to even take reports of attacks. So beyond the punishment of specific perpetrators, activists and survivors are fighting to obtain compensation from the government—and rehabilitation. more »
The long and lonely fight: Q&A with Indian tribal rights activist Soni Sori

The long and lonely fight: Q&A with Indian tribal rights activist Soni Sori

By — July 29, 2014
In a crowded auditorium at a conference on gender-based violence in Delhi this month, a frail woman sits silently. When the discussion shifts to atrocities on tribal women, she takes center stage. When she speaks, the crowd listens in silence. Soni Sori, a schoolteacher, speaks about the fate of women in Chhattisgarh, an Indian state that has been engulfed in violence and conflict. more »
Why soldiers rape — and when they don’t — in diagrams

Why soldiers rape — and when they don’t — in diagrams

By — July 25, 2014
Men came while she was working in her field. Twice. Like so many women I met a few months ago in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the woman telling her story explained how men wearing uniforms appeared as she worked her land and dragged her to a tree and tied her to it, raping her, cutting her, terrifying her. They wanted her money and they wanted her gone from her field. more »
Giving women a fair fight in the US military

Giving women a fair fight in the US military

By — July 18, 2014
It’s unfathomable to think that in 2014 half the global population will be prevented from a full range of occupations because of their gender. This kind of prejudice is broadly seen as a throwback to a distant and unenlightened era—which is why the findings of a recent study of the best U.S. colleges was surprising to many. more »
The smartest way to end rape in war

The smartest way to end rape in war

By — July 14, 2014
As a human rights lawyer for more than 40 years, pushing every avenue to advance women’s rights, this month’s Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict hosted by UK Foreign Minister William Hague and Angelina Jolie was a confirming moment of hope. more »