The woman charged with stopping rape in Congo: A Q&A with Jeanine Mabunda

The woman charged with stopping rape in Congo: A Q&A with Jeanine Mabunda

By — May 14, 2015
When Congolese President Joseph Kabila tapped 49-year-old Jeanine Mabunda Lioko, a finance executive and a member of the National Assembly of the Democratic Republic of Congo, to be his special representative on sexualized violence in July 2014, UN representatives hailed the appointment as a “new dawn” in the fight to end rape and child recruitment in the country’s 20-year conflict. more »
Few care services available for women, raped and pregnant, escaping ISIS captivity

Few care services available for women, raped and pregnant, escaping ISIS captivity

By — April 23, 2015
Last week, Human Rights Watch released a report on the campaign of rape being waged in Iraq by the Islamic State (ISIS) and called for medical and psychological help for the survivors. The organization interviewed 20 women and girls in the Iraqi town of Dohuk who escaped captivity by the militant group, and also spoke to medical workers who are doing their best to help the survivors. more »
UN report on rape in war undercounts the real fallout

UN report on rape in war undercounts the real fallout

By — April 15, 2015
On Monday, a report from the UN was made public by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that highlights sexualized violence in war. The report covers attacks conducted in 2014 and describes violence against women in 19 countries—13 conflict zones, five countries that are recovering from conflict, and one “additional situation of concern” (Nigeria). more »
Can Angelina Jolie Pitt’s center on women and conflict create change?

Can Angelina Jolie Pitt’s center on women and conflict create change?

By — April 2, 2015
In February, the London School of Economics and Political Science announced the launch of a new Center on Women, Peace, and Security at the school. The center, which is scheduled to open in 2016, will focus on the “participation of women in conflict-related processes and on enhancing accountability and ending impunity for rape and sexual violence in war,” according to its website. more »
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 »