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Violence Against Women

Bill Cosby Owes Every Woman in America an Apology

Romila “Dr. Romie” Mushtaq, MD | Posted 10.06.2015 | Women
Romila “Dr. Romie” Mushtaq, MD

On behalf of my sisters, I ask you to utter these three simple words, "I am sorry." Why? When you violate the mind and body of even one sister, you violate the collective soul of our entire sisterhood.

Throw a Flag on 'Violent'

Alicia Bassuk | Posted 09.30.2015 | Sports
Alicia Bassuk

I am not naive enough to think that new words can be spoken like magical incantations to suddenly change the culture and mentality that has long defined the NFL. However, old words will certainly guarantee the status quo.

Men Offer Abhorrent Excuses For Killing Women. Don't Repeat Them.

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 09.28.2015 | Media

On Sunday, Fidel Lopez, a 24-year-old South Florida man, was charged with murder after he confessed to penetrating his girlfriend Maria Nemeth&n...

Education is Key as Domestic Violence Awareness Month Approaches

Dr. Ludy Green | Posted 09.22.2015 | Impact
Dr. Ludy Green

This upcoming month, October, is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It is a sober reminder of the prevalence of the epidemic nationally and internationally.

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...

Chicago Sun-Times Editor Thinks Sex Workers Can't Be Sexually Assaulted

Katherine Koster | Posted 09.14.2015 | Chicago
Katherine Koster

She mocked that the victim would call 911 rather than going to a "pimp." She called forced sex at gunpoint "theft of services." She stated that taking the sexual assault of a sex worker seriously "minimizes the act of rape," is "an insult" to real victims.

Dee Barnes Discusses ‘Traumatic’ Dr. Dre Assault In Exclusive Interview

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 09.14.2015 | Black Voices

It's been nearly 25 years since Dr. Dre assaulted journalist Dee Barnes at a Hollywood nightclub -- and just as long since the attack has been largely...

Discriminating Against Women Keeps Countries Poorer

Sri Mulyani Indrawati | Posted 09.10.2015 | Women
Sri Mulyani Indrawati

Policymakers have a choice. They can use the overwhelming evidence that shows the economic benefits of equality by ridding their system of discriminating laws that are holding women back. Or they can maintain the status quo and condemn whole societies to remain poorer than they need to be.

Why Do Famous Men Keep Getting Away With Violence Against Women?

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 09.10.2015 | Women

Last month, "Straight Outta Compton" became the highest selling music biopic of all time, raking in $134.1 million in the roughly three weeks since i...

Only Rape Survivors (Like Me) Can Truly Understand What Other Victims Have Gone Through

Wangu Kanja | Posted 09.15.2015 | Impact
Wangu Kanja

Traumatized and shaking, I remembered the advice of a family friend when I was growing up -- that if I was ever raped I should report it straight away. But the police turned me away. They didn't want to know.

Maxim Korea Sexualizes Violence Against Women On Latest Cover

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 09.02.2015 | Women

Sexualizing violence against women is never OK. So it's anyone's guess what the folks at Maxim Korea were thinking with their September 2015 cover.&nb...

Ashley Callingbull Is The First Native Mrs. Universe

The Huffington Post | Julian Brave Noisecat | Posted 08.31.2015 | Politics

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This Artist Is Changing The Lives Of Domestic Violence Survivors, One Tattoo At A Time

Jornalismo de rede e rua | Posted 08.31.2015 | Women
Jornalismo de rede e rua

Scars may never disappear. Women who have suffered domestic violence can be haunted for life by the marks of abuse they carry on their bodies. A "lifetime mark," however, can mean something different; Flavia Carvalho, a tattoo artist born in Curitiba, reinvents the term.

Safety and Security: Not Just for College Students

Patricia McGuire | Posted 08.30.2015 | College
Patricia McGuire

Colleges and universities are soft targets for legislators; it doesn't take much moral courage for a Senator to beat up on a university that allows a predatory quarterback or arrogant frat boys to get away with horrible offenses against women. Shame on the university presidents who have looked the other way.

Offering Protection to the Women of El Salvador

Kuro Tawil | Posted 08.28.2015 | Impact
Kuro Tawil

Kuros!™ has been distributing cans of pepper spray across El Salvador. Currently in the midst of an extremely violent gang situation, pepper spray distribution in that country is a very delicate balancing act.

Supporting Survivors of Violence in Post-Earthquake Nepal

UN Women | Posted 08.21.2015 | Impact
UN Women

Even though she continues to receive threats from her father's friends in the community, BK has found her voice and strength. She wants to go back to her village and help other women in her community.

Random Thoughts on ‪#‎StraightOuttaCompton

Kevin Powell | Posted 08.19.2015 | Entertainment
Kevin Powell

A good film could have been a great film if the men involved, including Ice Cube and Dre as executive producers, would have had the vision and courage to not only tell their story, but to tell it with bold and fearless transparency, even where it would have been an indictment of themselves

Stand Up. Speak Up. Rise Up: Girl Up's Display of Girl Power Taking the World by Storm

Sarah Cannata | Posted 08.19.2015 | Impact
Sarah Cannata

It's stats like the ones listed here that make Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation's adolescent girl campaign, so important. Later this year, the campaign will be celebrating its fifth anniversary, and the wins to date are nothing short of remarkable in a relatively short timeframe.

'Why Don't They Just Leave?' Domestic Violence Goes Beyond Physical Abuse

Society for Women's Health Research | Posted 08.07.2015 | Women
Society for Women's Health Research

After witnessing firsthand the damage caused by financial abuse, Dr. Green founded Second Chance Employment Services (SCES), a nonprofit organization that helps promote financial security for survivors of domestic violence.

I Learned to Follow, and Real Change Happened

Archi Pyati | Posted 08.06.2015 | Impact
Archi Pyati

I remember writing two years ago about how much support young advocates like Jaha needed. Now I can see that Jaha's journey has been transformative, not just for her, but for me. I am humbled to see someone so young leading us all as we fight for equality for girls and women, and to make this country a better place.

A Real Victory for Women and Girls

Françoise Girard | Posted 08.06.2015 | Impact
Françoise Girard

Women's groups were deeply involved in this process every step of the way because much was, and is, at stake for the girls of today and tomorrow. If this agenda is successfully carried out, by 2030 fewer girls will experience unwanted pregnancy and become infected with HIV.

7 Things We Know About Getting Men Involved in Gender Equality

Gary Barker, Ph.D. | Posted 07.30.2015 | Women
Gary Barker, Ph.D.

Even though we're seeing the first serious contender for a female head of state in the United States, and high box office sales from a romantic comedy with a complex female protagonist, we're still quite a ways -- at least 80 years at the current rate of change -- from seeing true gender equality.

Rep. Johnson: Level of Police Violence Against Black Women and Girls Unacceptable

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 07.27.2015 | Black Voices
Rep. Hank Johnson

The challenges black men face are real, but I was humbled to learn how unequal justice affects black women. Black women are the fastest growing prison population and their stories must be told if we are going to break this trend. It is open season on all Americans.

Native American Women - Carving a New Path of Hope

Donna Hakimian | Posted 07.24.2015 | Women
Donna Hakimian

Whether it is the statistic of 0.04% percent of the engineering workforce are Native American women , or the statistic of sexual violence faced by the Native American community cited above, this disheartening data seems bound by a silence reflective of the erasure of generations of history and culture that must be remembered, spoken of, and brought to light.

#SayHerName: Centering the Lives and Deaths of Black Women and Girls

Legal Momentum | Posted 07.23.2015 | Women
Legal Momentum

Black women have often been relegated to the status of supporter or mourner, or otherwise not sufficiently centered in a debate that should rightfully include the violence and the homicides to which we ourselves have been subjected.