A global look at where women can turn after rape

A global look at where women can turn after rape

By — August 27, 2015
For women, the world might feel like it’s slowly becoming worse. Earlier this month, the UN announced that four peacekeepers in the Central African Republic have been accused of raping two women and an underage girl, as well as a 12-year-old girl. Last month, four women were raped and killed in Mexico City. And then there’s Syria, where reports keep emerging of how Islamic State militants justify raping women and children. more »
Four women were also raped and killed in Mexico journalist murder—but media calls them promiscuous

Four women were also raped and killed in Mexico journalist murder—but media calls them promiscuous

By — August 19, 2015
“Who Killed Rúben Espinosa?” read headlines throughout Mexico after the brutal murder of five people in Mexico City. On July 31, the victims were found in an apartment the Narvarte neighborhood of Mexico City. more »
‘I thought that happens to other people’: Being trafficked without knowing it

‘I thought that happens to other people’: Being trafficked without knowing it

By — August 7, 2015
When I met Sophie Otiende, she was running late. I had reached out to her in December 2014 while I was in Nairobi doing research for a film about sex trafficking. Sophie and her boyfriend, Jakob Christensen, are volunteers at the anti-trafficking nonprofit HAART Kenya and had agreed to meet me for dinner. But as time wore on, I was beginning to think I’d been stood up. more »
We asked people on camera about ‘privilege.’ They told us about rape.

We asked people on camera about ‘privilege.’ They told us about rape.

By — July 30, 2015
A few months ago, an Indian-American Hindu, a Christian Armenian-American, an American Jew, and a Muslim Pakistani-American filmed 22 strangers addressing questions about their experiences regarding gender, race, and wealth. We wanted to produce a website of short videos that explore the concept of “privilege.” more »
The missing women of the Mediterranean refugee crisis

The missing women of the Mediterranean refugee crisis

By — July 24, 2015
Dirty white gates fronted the detention center on the Italian island of Lampedusa, a tiny speck between Sicily and Tunisia, where 71 women were being held. Beyond the bars, I could just make out laundry hanging from the building in which they were housed—maybe 100 yards away—a yellow scarf, a hot-pink piece of cloth. more »
Reparations: More than monetary compensation

Reparations: More than monetary compensation

By — July 16, 2015
For the first time in the history of the Bosnian War Crimes Court, judges included compensation to a wartime rape victim as part of the court’s ruling. On June 24, 2015, Bosiljko Marković and Ostoja Marković were ordered to pay roughly $15,000 to the woman they raped during the war. The court sentenced each man to ten years in prison. more »
The refugee girl I barely met in Lampedusa

The refugee girl I barely met in Lampedusa

By — July 8, 2015
The end of June was hot and dry in Lampedusa, as summer always is. The week I spent on the island of an estimated 5,000-6,000 Italians there was a very separate center of town for a population of 771 people. more »
This is what a Mediterranean refugee boat landing looks like

This is what a Mediterranean refugee boat landing looks like

By — July 1, 2015
Often stories on the “Mediterranean migrant crisis” use shots of the rescue at sea: A rickety boat overfilled with desperate people wait to board some kind of Navy boat. But what happens to them next? more »
Searching for good news in the fight against rape

Searching for good news in the fight against rape

By — June 5, 2015
We began 2015 by looking at underreported stories of rape and sexualized violence around the world. Cases involving sexualized violence against women—its aftermath, its consequences—were falling below the public’s radar. Now, six months in, we thought we’d take a look at some of the good things that have happened—the steps forward in the march to end sexualized violence globally. more »
‘I was like his sex slave and not his wife’: An Indian woman tries to criminalize marital rape

‘I was like his sex slave and not his wife’: An Indian woman tries to criminalize marital rape

By — May 29, 2015
In India, it is legal to rape your wife. And as of last month, when a government minister explained why he thought the issue can’t be remedied in his country, marital rape is back in the news. more »