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16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

We Can't Leave Girls And Young Women Behind In The Pursuit Of Education

Naser Haghamed | Posted 11.28.2016 | Religion
Naser Haghamed

In 1960 the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, were brutally murdered. Since 1981 activists have marked that day, 25th November, as a day for speaking out against violence against women and girls (VAWG).

5 Ways Colombian Women are Tackling Sexual Violence in Conflict

Rosella Chibambo | Posted 12.11.2016 | Women
Rosella Chibambo

Despite being targets for sexual and other forms of violence by guerrilla groups, paramilitary forces and state security forces, Colombian women are on the front lines of grassroots and national efforts to support survivors and rebuild their communities.

UN Security Council Resolution 1325: Empty Promises in the DRC?

Sucharita S.K. Varanasi | Posted 12.10.2016 | Women
Sucharita S.K. Varanasi

Congolese women and girls continue to be left out of national and local peace and political processes, while being subject to sexual violence in alarming numbers. Survivors of sexual violence face incredible stigma and generally cannot rely on their justice system, which still permits perpetrators to operate with impunity.

No Women, No Peace In Syria

Laila Alodaat | Posted 12.09.2016 | Women
Laila Alodaat

Syrian women are providing excellent examples of grassroots, sustainable and non-violent peacebuilding, even as conflict rages on.

Daniel Holtzclaw, James Deen and War Machine: Sexual Assault Within and Against Marginalized Communities

Katherine Koster | Posted 12.02.2016 | Women
Katherine Koster

Now is a powerful moment of mainstream media attention to sexual assault of victims that often get ignored -- because they're sex workers, because they're promiscuous, because they drank, because they are black, because they are poor, or because they have criminal convictions.

17 Facts About Sexual Violence and Sex Work

Katherine Koster | Posted 12.04.2016 | World
Katherine Koster

In recognition of 16 Days of Activism, and in anticipation of December 17, the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, here are seventeen things everyone should know about sexual violence and sex work.

In War-Torn Congo, This Doctor Empowers Survivors

Catherine Russell | Posted 11.25.2016 | World
Catherine Russell

For almost 20 years, Dr. Mukwege has treated patients who have survived serious injuries from sexual violence perpetrated as a tactic of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

We Won't End Violence Against Women in 16 Days But It's a Start

Hibaaq Osman | Posted 11.25.2016 | World
Hibaaq Osman

While atrocities like the assassination of women who demand only their fundamental rights are easy for anyone to condemn, the 16 days are a global event, so it is important to understand how violence against women manifests itself globally.

It will take more than 16 Days: We need culture change

Anu Kumar | Posted 11.23.2016 | Politics
Anu Kumar

The conversation that we are just starting to have here and around the world is about culture. What is it about our culture(s) that permits this kind of brutality? You've no doubt heard the term "rape culture" in the press.

Malawian Women Fight for Better HIV/AIDS Drugs

Maggie H. Mapondera | Posted 02.09.2015 | Impact
Maggie H. Mapondera

"The message I have to fellow women in Malawi: this is time for us to wake up," Dorica says. "We need to know that we have power within ourselves, that we have rights, and we have to advocate for change that is right for us."

South African Prison Rape Survivors Speak Out for the First Time

Emily Nagisa Keehn | Posted 02.07.2015 | Impact
Emily Nagisa Keehn

Thanks to Vincent, Francois and Thabo, South African prisoner rape survivors have, for the first time, been given a human face.

16 Days Of Activism: Combating the Global Scourge of Child Marriage

Ravishly | Posted 02.06.2015 | Impact

Only time will tell if the UN Refugee Agency's critical efforts will have the potency and persuasion to effect systemic change among these communities, but during these 16 Days of Activism we're thankful for every effort that combats this violence perpetuated against the world's most innocent and vulnerable populations.

Youth Are Key to Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict

Joel Davis | Posted 02.04.2015 | Impact
Joel Davis

Young people are the most vulnerable and underrepresented victims of war-zone rape, yet our voices are routinely excluded from peace processes and post-war reconstruction.

More Powerful Than ISIS

Yifat Susskind | Posted 02.03.2015 | Impact
Yifat Susskind

Local women's rights activists are mobilizing to prevent sexual violence and protect survivors. They even operate in places governments and aid agencies cannot reach, thanks to their longtime local connections.

Being a Woman Should Not Have to be a Courageous Act

Catherine Russell | Posted 01.26.2015 | Women
Catherine Russell

I travel all over the world meeting women and girls, and no country is immune to gender-based violence. An estimated one in three women worldwide has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime.

United Nations No Defender of Muslim Women's Rights

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 03.10.2014 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Although the UN does important humanitarian work, it is overgrown with the weeds of a dysfunctional bureaucracy and spineless leadership, and has become a watering hole for states that are prepared to sanction sex discrimination and extremist ideology without fear of serious challenge by the world body.

Women Need to Be Included in Syria's Peace Process

Madeleine Rees | Posted 02.09.2014 | Impact
Madeleine Rees

The people responsible for causing the conflict -- the men with the guns, aided by the suppliers of guns -- will also be trusted to deliver peace. And who will be missing from the room? Women.

Women of Sudan Speak Out on Sexual Violence

Walaa Salah Mohamed Abdelrhman | Posted 02.05.2014 | Impact
Walaa Salah Mohamed Abdelrhman

When Safia insisted on filing a police report, she was harassed and followed by police and security agents. Safia had no choice but to flee Sudan.

New Political Page, Same Story: Burmese Military Still Raping Ethnic Women

Tin Tin Nyo | Posted 02.04.2014 | Impact
Tin Tin Nyo

At the top of our wish list is that the military is placed under civilian control. That's because the military is still wreaking havoc on Burma's ethnic communities, particularly women.

Egypt Must Be Held Accountable for Sexual Assault

Hania Moheeb | Posted 01.29.2014 | Impact
Hania Moheeb

Only ten months have passed since I was sexually assaulted in Tahrir Square -- it was the worst experience of my life.

Preventing Violence Against Women: Significant Progress, But Much Remains to Be Done

Sarah Costa | Posted 01.27.2014 | Impact
Sarah Costa

The reality of gender-based violence is tragic, and the tasks before us are daunting -- but we cannot let that overshadow the fact that, in the past two decades, progress has been remarkable.

Killing the Messenger: Attacks Rise on Women Human Rights Defenders

Laura Carlsen | Posted 02.12.2013 | World
Laura Carlsen

Women human rights defenders are not only targeted by the interests they confront. They are often abandoned -- or worse, attacked -- by governments and sometimes by their own communities and families.

When Afghan Women Write of Gender Violence

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 02.05.2013 | Impact
Stacy Parker Le Melle

Don't expect victims. This is not to say that writers in the Afghan Women's Writing Project have never been abused by the men in their lives. But if you read their words, you will never imagine these writers as passive objects of male cruelty.

When Domestic Violence Grabs the Headlines

Kate McGuinness | Posted 02.03.2013 | Crime
Kate McGuinness

Our country is suffering from a plague of domestic violence. Kasandra Perkins is one victim too many. Her death should represent more than yesterday's news.