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Gender Based Violence

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.

University of Oregon, Confidentiality and Confidence Lost

Kristy Crabtree | Posted 05.13.2015 | College
Kristy Crabtree

Should students feel safe on campus? Should they access supportive services on campus if there is a need? Should they feel confident in seeking those services that their information will be protected and confidential? Presumably the University would answer 'yes' to those questions, but their actions show the contrary.

Let's Empower Women by Empowering Men

Maria Correia | Posted 05.10.2015 | Impact
Maria Correia

Sunday, March 8 marked International Women's Day, a celebration of women worldwide that dates back to 1977 when the UN General Assembly challenged its members to declare a day for women's rights and world peace.

For International Women's Day, Let's Pass IVAWA to Protect Women and Girls

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 05.08.2015 | Women
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

Today marks the 107th International Women's Day. On this day, we recognize how far we've come in achieving critically important rights for women, but we must also acknowledge just how far we still have to go.

Why Is the Indian Government so Afraid of This Film?

Nish Gera | Posted 05.06.2015 | World
Nish Gera

What this documentary did is to reignite the issue, even if for another brief moment. By banning it though, the Indian government has raised questions that are both urgent and dangerous. What does this mean for free speech in India, the world's largest democracy?

Nevada Lawmaker Defends 'Young, Hot Little Girls' Comment About Allowing Guns At Colleges

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics

A Nevada state legislator who is sponsoring a bill that would allow college students to carry concealed guns on campus has been put on the defensive o...

Advancing Adolescent Health and Rights: Kenya Can Lead the Way

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 04.20.2015 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

This worldwide drive brought together several UN agencies, civil society organizations and donors to reduce new HIV infections among adolescents by at least 75% and increase HIV treatment to reach at least 80% of adolescents living with the virus.

Ending Child Marriage In Malawi: A Roadmap To Sustainable Change

Let Girls Lead | Posted 04.19.2015 | Impact
Let Girls Lead

Malawi outlawed child marriage last week. Following more than five years of undaunted advocacy by Malawian girls, their allies and civil society leaders, the country's Parliament tabled and passed the "Marriage, Divorce, and Family Relations Bill," increasing the legal age of marriage from 15 to 18 years.


Phil Latessa | Posted 03.22.2015 | Impact
Phil Latessa

What follows is the story of a victim in Tanzania as told to a counselor. I've corrected the spelling, but left the grammar as it was told.