Carry that weight: A student protest highlights countrywide campus failure to find justice for rape

Carry that weight: A student protest highlights countrywide campus failure to find justice for rape

By — September 12, 2014
Emma Sulkowicz, a senior visual arts major at Columbia University, has been the frontwoman for the school’s mishandling of sexual assault on campus ever since she released her name to the press last spring. more »
Abuses by the Indian government keep one woman on a 14-year hunger strike

Abuses by the Indian government keep one woman on a 14-year hunger strike

By — September 4, 2014
Irom Sharmila, 42, has long advocated for the repeal of India’s Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, or AFSPA, which gives the Indian army legal immunity for various brutal actions. She has been arrested again and again since starting a hunger strike in November 2000. “I have spent 14 years of my life chewing my tongue just for violence on all sides to end,” she has said. more »
Re-conceiving war: Stopping a cycle of violence depends on how we prioritize it

Re-conceiving war: Stopping a cycle of violence depends on how we prioritize it

By — September 3, 2014
A young woman seems to have attached herself to me one day at Zaatari, a refugee camp holding at least 120,000 Syrians in the middle of the Jordanian desert. Her name is Abeer and she is the less obviously beautiful, older sister to a 16-year-old girl who has been married off to a much-older Libyan food distributor. He gave the girl a watch, perfume, and water when they met. more »
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 »