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Violence Against Women

Bitter Anniversary for Egyptian Women

Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui | Posted 01.23.2015 | World
Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui

For many women in Egypt, this Sunday will bring back particularly bitter memories -- of a brief moment when it seemed that a better future was finally within reach. Women stood alongside men throughout the 2011 uprising. However, in the years since they have faced a rising tide of violence and discrimination. And nowhere is safe.

The Power of the Feminine Self: Manhood Liberated from Violence Against Women

Payam Akhavan | Posted 01.18.2015 | World
Payam Akhavan

Somewhere near Mosul in Iraq, a Yazidi woman is sold into "marriage" at that price. That is, if she is between 20 and 30 years of age. If she is 10 to 20 years of age, the price is higher, at $129 dollars. The highest price of $172 is reserved for girls up to the age of nine.

This V-Day, Let's Work Together to Prevent Violence Against All Women and Girls

Calpernia Addams | Posted 01.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Calpernia Addams

The V-Day movement and Eve's play continue to evolve and respond to issues of the day, and our work with the movement was meant to be the start of a conversation about including sex and gender minorities. We encourage you to join us in working together to eliminate violence against all women and girls.

Foxes, Snakes and Men: Woman in the Wild

Catherine Armsden | Posted 01.15.2015 | Entertainment
Catherine Armsden

I had enjoyed reading Wild, Cheryl Strayed's memoir about losing and then finding herself while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. I admired Reese Witherspoon's intelligent, plucky portrayal of Cheryl in the film. But I left the movie with my stomach knotted -- a socially acceptable version of clenched fists.

This Terrible Trend In Mexico Claims The Lives Of 6 Women Per Day

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 01.08.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

While organized crime continues its rampage in Mexico, most recently with the disappearance and presumed deaths of 43 students outside of the small to...

The Religion of Blood

Satpal Singh | Posted 01.07.2015 | Religion
Satpal Singh

To save humanity from tearing itself apart, we must reject the erroneous premise that some human beings have been created as less than others. We must accept as inviolable and "self-evident" the truths that God is indeed compassionate and all-loving, and that all of us have been created equal.

How We Can Make Violence Against Women Unacceptable in 2015

Phoebe K. Schreiner | Posted 12.29.2014 | Women
Phoebe K. Schreiner

"The fact that there is something fundamentally wrong with the way our society treats women is a proposition on which there is now general agreement," Yale Law School military justice expert Eugene R. Fidell recently told the New York Times. That's huge.

In Palestine, Specialized Prosecutors Ensure Women Survivors' Access to Justice

UN Women | Posted 01.22.2015 | World
UN Women

A 2011 survey of the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics revealed that one-third of women experiencing violence remain silent or seek help from family. Few turn to specialized institutions, and even less to security and justice services.

10 Reasons Why Women Don't Speak Out For Years After Being Sexually Abused by Famous Men

Mary Crescenzo | Posted 12.18.2014 | Women
Mary Crescenzo

When I see thousands of people rightfully marching publicly against injustice against people of color, I wonder when thousands will take to the streets against injustice against women and men of all colors who have been violated, trafficked, and held as slaves around the world.

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

Ravishly | Posted 12.16.2014 | Women

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.

DIFRET: An Intimate Film of Profound Political Consequence

Martin Luz | Posted 12.16.2014 | World
Martin Luz

DIFRET is only the fourth feature film to be made in Ethiopia and is this year's Ethiopian submission for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film. It tells the story of a young girl of 14, abducted for marriage, in a tradition that goes back centuries.

This Burmese Nunnery Saved 200 Girls From Sex Slavery

Paula Froelich | Posted 12.15.2014 | Impact
Paula Froelich

Buddhist nuns are everywhere among the streets of Myanmar -- of all different ages, some as young as 5. Dressed in pink loose-fitting shirts and pants with orange scarves, they have shaved heads and rely on alms to pay for their schooling, food, housing, and other basic needs.

Title IX Requires Schools Be Involved in Responding to Campus Sexual Assault -- and That's a Good Thing

Lisa Maatz | Posted 12.10.2014 | College
Lisa Maatz

Schools' role in responding to campus sexual assault is essential, because students' civil rights -- an equal opportunity to education -- are on the line. I fear, however, that many do not understand that these civil rights concerns stand separate from any criminal proceedings that may or may not transpire.

On Human Rights Day, We Remember Salwa Bugaighis

Hibaaq Osman | Posted 12.10.2014 | Impact
Hibaaq Osman

Today we spread the message that human rights are nothing if they are not universal. We seek justice for Salwa, not merely in the prosecution of her assassins, but in peace, security and democratic freedom for the people of Libya.

Grand Theft Auto V and the Culture of Violence Against Women

Malika Saada Saar | Posted 12.09.2014 | Women
Malika Saada Saar

We must call out the very practices that bind our daughters to a culture of violence. Even when those practices include a popular, profit-busting video game that our kids, or other family members, want for the holidays.

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

Ravishly | Posted 12.08.2014 | 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.

She Can Wear What She Wants Because She Lives in a Free Country Called India

Chetan Bhagat | Posted 12.11.2014 | World
Chetan Bhagat

Until we engage with all sides, no matter how regressive their attitude, we will never make a breakthrough in attitudes towards women.

Death Of German Woman Highlights Devastating Reality Of Standing Up For Women

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 12.08.2014 | Women

Last month, 23-year-old German student-teacher Tuğçe Albayrak stepped between two women and a man who was harassing them. He punched her in the face...

Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation in Our Lifetime: The Vision of Efua Dorkenoo (1949-2014)

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 12.09.2014 | World
Taina Bien-Aime

A radiant light escaped earth when a woman named Efua Dorkenoo, fighting cancer, took her last breath in her husband's arms on October 18, 2014.

An Open Letter To My Sisters About My Sexual Assault

Pippa Biddle | Posted 12.05.2014 | Women
Pippa Biddle

I've been working on this piece for over a year and it's gone through many incarnations. Throughout the process, I've learned that silence doesn't make things better, but knowing that silence isn't the answer wasn't enough to get me to speak out. Rather, it was you.

A Cultural Psychosis

Helen Shair-Singh | Posted 12.04.2014 | World
Helen Shair-Singh

This is a continuation of my last post, "System Failure," addressing the issue of Domestic Violence in Trinidad & Tobago. My hope is that if we persist in shining a light here, refusing to let it be swept under the rug of deliberate ignorance any longer, it will effect some positive change.

Rising to End FGM - Agnes Pareyio

One Billion Rising | Posted 01.13.2015 | World
One Billion Rising

When women stand up and defend themselves, it works. Remember -- in 1975, 98% of women were mutilated just like I was. Today, it is 27%. That's 27% too many, but it's also the sign of a revolution. It wasn't handed down on high.

Gender-Based Violence Has No Place in New York City

Rebecca Iwerks | Posted 12.01.2014 | 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.

HIV Positive: Voiceless and Empowered

Barry Segal | Posted 12.01.2014 | Impact
Barry Segal

This is a special guest post by Africa HEART, a Segal Family Foundation partner, for World AIDS Day. "Good Morning," I said to my children. They sta...

Thanks for No More Violence Against Women

Nancy Cohen-koan | Posted 01.26.2015 | Impact
Nancy Cohen-koan

The crowd was sparse because of the rain, but when seeing the little school children look out their classroom windows, it all made sense. They got the message right away: that courageous mothers and sisters were standing up for their rights.