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Violence Against Women

This Thanksgiving Do More Than Acknowledge the Oppression of Native Americans. Act to End it.

Rebecca Nagle | Posted 11.26.2015 | Impact
Rebecca Nagle

Acknowledging the history of the oppression of Native Americans is not justice. Ending the oppression of Native Americans is justice. This Thanksgiving, we need people to do more than give a symbolic nod to the history of Native peoples. We need people to act.

The International Day to End Violence Against Women

Pam Allyn | Posted 11.25.2015 | Impact
Pam Allyn

LitWorld focuses two-thirds of its work on empowering women and girls with transformational literacy because two-thirds of the world's illiterate people are women and girls. And illiteracy equals profound vulnerability.

On Gender, Violence, and the Right to Education

Randal Mason | Posted 11.25.2015 | Education
Randal Mason

The threat and reality of violence hinders girls' access to education and undermines their ability to learn. Children and youth of all genders have a right to inclusive, quality education--the foundation to improving people's lives.

The Mirabal Sisters : Heroes, Not Victims

Belkys Lopez | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics
Belkys Lopez

Today on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women las hermanas Mirabal of the Dominican Republic are honored by the United Nations. These sisters bravely gave their lives 55 years ago in the struggle against the Dominican Republic's notorious dictator Raphael Trujillo.

In War-Torn Congo, This Doctor Empowers Survivors

Catherine Russell | Posted 11.25.2015 | 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 11.25.2015 | 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's Time For Business to Speak Up to Eliminate Violence Against Women

Richard Branson | Posted 11.25.2015 | Women
Richard Branson

Like all rights abuses, acts of violence against women anywhere compromise the dignity of people everywhere. No country, culture, race or socio-economic class is immune. It's time to break our silence, to take action and renounce all forms of violence and discrimination.

Special Invitation to "Orange the World": Ending Violence against Women Once and For All!

Nausheen Khan | Posted 11.25.2015 | Impact
Nausheen Khan

November 25th marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Although violence against women and discrimination against women is prevalent in law and in practice/society all around the world, it does not mean that it is inevitable.

Orange the World: How We Can Help Victims

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 11.25.2015 | Impact
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

A few months ago, I wrote about the need to bear witness to domestic violence in Nigeria. A couple of nights ago, I was a witness to domestic violence in a busy restaurant -- a sad reminder of importance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

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

Bina Shah | Posted 11.25.2015 | 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.

More Sisters Vanish into UAE Police Custody

Brian Dooley | Posted 11.24.2015 | World
Brian Dooley

Washington's military and political support for him and for the UAE government enables the Gulf monarchy's repression. U.S. government officials should speak out publicly against the attack on the Alabdouli sisters in the UAE.

On Eliminating Violence Against Women

Barbara L. Shaw | Posted 11.23.2015 | Women
Barbara L. Shaw

November 25, 2015 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. While raising awareness is an important first step to change, short-term campaign efforts and law-and-order approaches will not stop the pandemic of violence.

Men, Women, and a New Definition of Success

Payam Akhavan | Posted 11.23.2015 | Women
Payam Akhavan

If we are truly strong, on the inside, like the many women that have been my role models, then we don't have to worry so much about stupid things like feeling important because of our material possessions and social status. It is only with this new definition of success, based on our shared humanity, that we can build a better world.

I'm Tired of Fearing For Myself and Other Muslim Women

Shireen Ahmed | Posted 11.23.2015 | Women
Shireen Ahmed

I have experienced intense racism and Islamophobia after a tragedy that is conducted by violent extremists. I have been demanded to apologize and be accountable for unspeakable crimes by people I don't know, from a violent culture I'm not a part of. That is exhausting and draining.

Remembering Transgender Lives Lost to Violence

Victoria M. Rodriguez-Roldan | Posted 11.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Victoria M. Rodriguez-Roldan

We shall remember them and honor their fight -- and tragic death -- for living their authentic selves.

An Open Letter to Bloomingdale's Chairman and CEO Tony Spring

Hon. Judy Harris Kluger | Posted 11.19.2015 | Impact
Hon. Judy Harris Kluger

What message could you have possibly intended to send with the ad, "Spike Your Best Friend's Eggnog When They're Not Looking?" That it's OK to become a date rapist for the holidays?

Statement by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November

UN Women | Posted 11.19.2015 | Women
UN Women

Across the world, violence against women and girls remains one of the most serious--and the most tolerated--human rights violations, both a cause and ...

Are We Fired Up Yet?

Marcy Syms | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Marcy Syms

There are constant reminders of the struggles for women -- pay inequity, pregnancy discrimination, and violence against women. Most of us experience it, read about it, and talk about it. There is only one big step that could have a significant effect on all these issues.

Why Can't We Eliminate Gender-Based Violence?

Orrin Tiberi | Posted 11.18.2015 | Impact
Orrin Tiberi

On the 25th of this month the world will recognize an issue that is so pervasive and present that at least 30 percent of the global population is directly affected by or engaged in it: violence against women.

It's Time the NHL Took Violence Against Women Seriously

Melissa Geschwind | Posted 11.13.2015 | Sports
Melissa Geschwind

This is about the fans. This is about the lifelong Blackhawks supporter who happens to be a rape survivor. It's about the kids sitting a few rows away who don't fully understand what Kane might have done, but who know it doesn't matter because the Jumbotron keeps reminding them that he's a hockey hero.

The Price of Modesty

Ayaan Hirsi Ali | Posted 11.06.2015 | World
Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Western feminists have wasted too much time on "leaning in," not to mention the finer points of paternity leave. They need to waken up to the massive erosion of women's rights that is currently underway in the Muslim world. This is feminism's counter-revolution.

The Other Side of Addiction: "I Had A Baby With An Abusive Drug Addict"

Alicia Cook | Posted 11.04.2015 | Women
Alicia Cook

Tori did not wake up one day and say to herself, "I am going to fall in love with a drug addict," or "I am going to have a child with a drug addict." Many loved ones aren't even aware of the substance abusers' struggles until the lies they put into place in order to hide their habit begin to unravel.

Hate Crimes Can Be Motivated by Gender Bias, But There Are Tools to Address Them

Lisa Maatz | Posted 11.03.2015 | Impact
Lisa Maatz

One of the ways that we can work to decrease and hopefully eliminate hate crimes is to understand the full scope of the problem. But despite annual federal data collection requirements, many cities still fail to report the number of hate crimes in their jurisdictions.

Globally, YWCA Works to End DV Now

YWCA USA | Posted 11.02.2015 | Women

Annually, the YWCA observes the Week without Violence, a week-long series of community events promoting diverse approaches to creating a world free of violence. This year, we continue our global initiative with the NoXcuses campaign. There is no excuse for violence against women and there is no excuse for ignoring it.

Agents of Change: 5 Powerful Women Who Are Making a Positive Difference

Greg Archer | Posted 10.31.2015 | Women
Greg Archer

They walk among us--those agents of change. Sometimes, we just need to be reminded of who they are. Take note of five noteworthy women who are making a positive difference.