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Gender Based Violence

Reclaiming Roe for Women at Home and Abroad

Serra Sippel | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics
Serra Sippel

The time is now to reclaim the spirit of Roe and the right of all women and girls to terminate a pregnancy, at home and abroad.

Reflection on the Attacks in Cologne

Diane Fender | Posted 01.20.2016 | Impact
Diane Fender

No one, neither woman, man or child, ever deserves this type of violation. The attacks in Cologne are not acceptable. If we can not all commit to fight against sexual violence, my friends, I fear this type of mass violence will only continue to reverberate throughout our world.

How The US Is Supporting Survivors Of Sexual Violence

Catherine Russell | Posted 12.18.2015 | World
Catherine Russell

Sexual and gender-based violence is not a new phenomenon. But a global effort to address the problem, better educate communities, and build and strengthen systems to respond to violence when it happens -- both in healing the victims and punishing the perpetrators -- will go a long way to stopping it.

Teaching the Need for Gender Equity in Peru

Randal Mason | Posted 12.18.2015 | Education
Randal Mason

In Peru, women face a number of inequalities and barriers, including a large gender pay gap, early marriage and pregnancy, sexism in the media, and attitudes that they should only care for children and do housework. But chief among the challenges these women confront daily is domestic and gender-based violence.

In Solidarity With Women, For Women

Philomena Kwao | Posted 12.10.2015 | Impact
Philomena Kwao

Today, December 10, we observe Human Rights Day, marking the 67th anniversary since the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the end of the UN's 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign.

The Tyranny of Violence Against Women and Girls: 16 Days of Activism

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 12.10.2015 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

It is time for every man to start doing something to end the scourge of violence against women and girls in their homes and communities.

Sexual Violence: From the Exam Room to the Courtroom and the Bumpy Road in Between

Ranit Mishori, M.D., MHS | Posted 12.01.2015 | World
Ranit Mishori, M.D., MHS

To mark this year's International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (November 25, 2105) and the ensuing 16 days of activism, I wanted...

Why Aren't We Vowing to End Gender-Based Violence Just as We Vow to 'Destroy ISIS'?

Bina Shah | Posted 11.26.2015 | World
Bina Shah

KARACHI, Pakistan -- Violence against women and girls goes on every day in every country, including those officially at peace -- but it doesn't make headlines. One in three women worldwide are victims of physical or sexual violence -- a far higher number than people affected worldwide by terrorism. Allowing this to continue is as unthinkable as allowing ISIS to rampage and kill wherever it pleases.

Women from Central America on the Run from Violence

Michelle Brané | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics
Michelle Brané

According to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, women fleeing Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador have been subject to a constant threat of violence, including threats, assault, murder, rape and other gender-based violence, and their governments are unable to protect them.

The 21st Century Rape Whistle: How to Think Critically About Tech for Women's Safety

Anna Kegler | Posted 11.03.2015 | Women
Anna Kegler

Tech projects aimed at women's safety are hot right now: a new one pops up every couple of weeks. It's easy to get excited about them, because violence against women is a persistent problem, and tech holds the promise of a shiny, new, and groundbreaking solution. But there's a lot below the surface.

What Do We Need to Turn the Sustainable Development Goals' Idealism Into Reality?

Tewodros Melesse | Posted 11.05.2015 | Impact
Tewodros Melesse

The good news is that countries can reverse historic trends. Indeed some governments are already exceeding expectations on key health goals. The bad news is that the Sustainable Development Goal target, of 70 deaths per 100,000 is less than half that.

Healing After Sexual Violence in Democratic Republic of the Congo

Gary Barker, Ph.D. | Posted 10.14.2015 | Impact
Gary Barker, Ph.D.

Recovering from conflict is a lifelong journey. Working to change attitudes that support violence and foster those that prevent violence is essential for sustainable peace, not only for couples like Abby and Kyalu, but also for communities and countries.

Giving Domestic Violence the Attention It Deserves

Kassandra Fotiadis | Posted 09.25.2015 | College
Kassandra Fotiadis

From May to August, I interned at two domestic violence nonprofits. My understanding of women's rights was flipped on its head in just a few months.

The States Where Women Are Most Likely To Be Murdered By Men

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 09.17.2015 | Women

More than 1,600 women in the U.S. were murdered by men in 2013, according to a new report released Tuesday by the Violence Policy Center. Bl...

Ashley Judd: It's Time to Treat Gender-Based Violence as a Health Issue

Aspen Institute | Posted 09.13.2015 | Impact
Aspen Institute

We know that globally, one in three women will be coerced into sex, beaten, or otherwise abused in her lifetime. In most cases, the perpetrator is someone she knows, such as her husband, boyfriend, or mother-in-law.

What Are Social Norms, And How Can Understanding Them Help Us Prevent Gender-Based Violence?

Leigh Stefanik | Posted 08.25.2015 | Impact
Leigh Stefanik

The same social rules that keep us from cutting in line at the bank can help us prevent gender-based violence.

Enabling Safe Urban Spaces For Women In India

Elsa Marie D’Silva | Posted 07.15.2015 | Impact
Elsa Marie D’Silva

How can we address the factors contributing to gender based violence in public spaces? We need to look at the lack of women in public spaces at hours that they normally don't stay out, in places that they don't frequent and doing jobs or activities that they normally wouldn't.

Women and Natural Disasters: Protecting the World's Most Vulnerable Populations

Ariel Smilowitz | Posted 07.14.2015 | College
Ariel Smilowitz

Over ten years ago, on December 26, 2004, an earthquake off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia triggered one of the deadliest tsunamis ever recorded, an event that ushered the destruction of over 200,00 lives -- and even more livelihoods -- throughout Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and the east coast of Africa.

4 Ways Technology Is Boosting the Fight Against Gender-Based Violence

Yann Borgstedt | Posted 07.13.2015 | Technology
Yann Borgstedt

As more women find themselves with increasing access to mobile technology and the Internet, the tech world has stepped up to provide women with more, better tools to help them stay safe. Within the developing world, this is the segment of women targeted by tech initiatives.

Will Development Financing Finally Level the Playing Field for Women and Girls?

Françoise Girard | Posted 07.13.2015 | World
Françoise Girard

Many governments still do not see the need to allocate or increase resources for efforts that would strengthen health systems to reduce maternal mortality, address violence against women, ensure access to sexual and reproductive health care, and end child marriage. In fact, these areas should be priorities if we are to achieve sustainable development for generations to come.

How a New Generation of Changemakers Is Using Technology in the Fight to End Violence Against Women

Yann Borgstedt | Posted 07.13.2015 | Technology
Yann Borgstedt

Tech solutions are suitable for addressing violence against women because we can reach vulnerable women discreetly.

It's Time to End Violence Against Women

Mandy Moore | Posted 06.10.2015 | Impact
Mandy Moore

This is an issue that affects all of us and the only way we will succeed is by including boys and men in our conversation about how to end gender-based violence. Gender-based violence is a silent epidemic that has male victims, too.

Ebola: The Overlooked Sexually Transmitted Disease

Mardia Stone | Posted 05.26.2015 | World
Mardia Stone

It is documented that Ebola virus remains in the sperm and breast milk of survivors, for up to 90 days or longer, indicating that the virus is sexually and maternally transmitted. Aid agencies distribute condoms to men who recovered from Ebola, disregarding reported failures in adherence to "don't have sex for 3 months."

At the Summit of the Americas, Leaders Should Remember Women Are Key to Success

Catherine Russell | Posted 06.09.2015 | Women
Catherine Russell

That's why I'm joining President Obama, Secretary Kerry and other U.S. officials in Panama this week for the Seventh Summit of the Americas. Here are some of the issues I'll be focused on during my trip.

We've Come a Long Way, Baby, but There's Much More to Do to Stretch International Women's Day to Every Day

Susan Shaer | Posted 05.13.2015 | Impact
Susan Shaer

Women around the world are challenging narratives that support discrimination, marginalization, sectarianism, violence, and extremism. They have been at the forefront of bringing communities together and building peace. Their role in fighting against militarization, terrorism, and religious extremism is critical, and we must strengthen their networks and support mechanisms.