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Gender Based Violence

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

Catherine Russell | Posted 04.09.2015 | 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 03.16.2015 | 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 03.13.2015 | 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 03.10.2015 | 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 03.08.2015 | 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 03.06.2015 | 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.

Rape

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.

#HelmsHurts: President Obama Must Act Now

Serra Sippel | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics
Serra Sippel

Now is the time for the President to show the courage of his convictions by taking executive action to ensure that U.S. assistance will be available for abortion access for women who survive rape or incest, or whose lives are endangered by a pregnancy. It is the right thing to do. The time to act is now.

Ending Violence Against Women Should Be Common Political Ground

Patricia T. Morris, Ph.D. | Posted 03.22.2015 | Women
Patricia T. Morris, Ph.D.

Let me suggest one area where the two parties should easily find agreement: ending violence against women and girls. Truth is, if politicians can't agree that violence against women -- rape, domestic abuse, so-called "honor killings" -- should be eliminated, what can they agree on?

An Interactive Fight Against Gender-Based Violence: Priya's Shakti

Lina Srivastava | Posted 02.16.2015 | Impact
Lina Srivastava

Additionally, Priya is not docile, light-skinned, hyper-sexualized or objectified in the way mainstream Indian or global media often presents women. She is both an everywoman as well as a superhero who starts to build her own movement through the help of a powerful ally in Parvati.

I Tried To Write About Violence Against Women -- But Couldn't Because of Violence Against Women

Ravishly | Posted 02.15.2015 | Women
Ravishly

Violence against women costs us all a lot. There is the emotional toll. There is the physical toll. There is the overall health toll. And all of these tolls amount to a financial toll: I have been unable to do my very job.

Businesses Must Take a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence

Liz Shuler | Posted 02.09.2015 | Women
Liz Shuler

We need more than just lip service to women's rights. We need tangible, concrete measures designed to address gender-based violence in the workplace. Ensuring that women have access to jobs with decent pay and safe working conditions is critical to building a just and equal society.

PEPFAR, Nike Foundation and Gates Foundation Partnership Restores Hope for an AIDS-free Future for Girls

Amb. Deborah L. Birx, M.D. | Posted 02.08.2015 | Impact
Amb. Deborah L. Birx, M.D.

No girl anywhere dreams of living with HIV. It's time we come together to prevent HIV and accelerate our efforts to achieve an AIDS-free generation -- and enable girls everywhere to live their dreams.

Gender-Based Violence Has No Place in New York City

Rebecca Iwerks | Posted 01.31.2015 | New York
Rebecca Iwerks

It is time for New York City to pass a resolution recognizing gender-motivated violence, such as domestic and sexual violence, as a human rights concern and declaring that freedom from gender-motivated violence is a human right.

Orange Is the Call of Our Generation

Maryam Zar | Posted 01.25.2015 | Impact
Maryam Zar

Eliminate violence against women. In fact, eliminate gender based violence all together and teach tolerance to a new generation that is tasked with solving some of humanity's thorniest issues.

African Youth Launch New Alliance Against Gender Violence

Randal Mason | Posted 01.24.2015 | Impact
Randal Mason

There were eight of them from Botswana, the DRC, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Uganda. Changu had worked in a women's shelter. Brian used sports to teach alternatives to violence.

In Fiji First Responders Train to Address Sexual Violence in Disasters

UN Women | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
UN Women

The program seeks to help first responders better recognize and address gender-based violence and ensure that safety concerns for women are incorporated into disaster-risk-reduction planning and needs assessments.

Time to Act for Women and Girls Raped in Conflict

Serra Sippel | Posted 12.29.2014 | World
Serra Sippel

The U.S. government is the largest bilateral donor of global health, development, and humanitarian assistance. It is unconscionable that the U.S. is failing to use its considerable power to facilitate access to post-rape care for women and girls.

In the Words of Suaad Allami: The Plight of Iraqi Women Refugees

UN Women | Posted 12.29.2014 | World
UN Women

An award-winning Iraqi lawyer and activist for women's rights from Sadr City in Baghdad, Suaad Allami founded the NGO "Women for Progress" in 2007. She gives us a glimpse at how thousands of Iraqi women and girls are coping...

12 Examples: Pew's Online Harassment Survey Highlights Digital Gender Safety

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 12.22.2014 | Women
Soraya Chemaly

Girls and women online, all of us, are either dealing with some level of sexist harassment or are witnessing it and deriving lessons from how society responds.

It's OK to Beat Her, Just Don't Kill Her

Phil Latessa | Posted 12.20.2014 | Impact
Phil Latessa

In rural Tanzania, it is OK to beat your wife. Women are powerless and ashamed to even discuss these beatings with their family or friends.

What About The Girls?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

We need to wake up and realize all children, especially those of color -- girls and boys -- need adults to stop criminalizing them and recognize the special risks facing our girls.