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Violence Against Women

India's Unbelievable New Marriage Requirement

Posted 05.25.2013 | Weddings

To participate in a mass marriage ceremony in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh on Monday, there was just one requirement for grooms-to-be: prove the...

Memorial Day Shame - Military Foxes Guarding the Henhouse

Martha Burk | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Martha Burk

Let's hope when the next Memorial Day rolls around, the good news will be that changes have been made. Our military women deserve to be safe from attack by their own ranks. Those who assault their peers and dishonor the country in the bargain deserve to be punished, not protected.

Heroic Normalcy

Margaret A. Hacskaylo | Posted 07.22.2013 | Impact
Margaret A. Hacskaylo

The Halfway House program at Women for Afghan Women in Kabul is exceptional in its ability to serve these women, whose staff comprise more than just your average shelter contingent of counselors, case managers and administrators.

An Open Letter to Facebook

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 07.21.2013 | Technology
Soraya Chemaly

We call on Facebook to make the only responsible decision and take swift, clear action on this issue, to bring your policy on rape and domestic violence into line with your own moderation goals and guidelines.

Giving Girls a Chance at a Real Future With Real Choices

Jennifer Redner | Posted 07.20.2013 | Impact
Jennifer Redner

As a key player in shaping global development priorities -- priorities that include education, health care, food security, economic empowerment and ending violence against women and girls -- the United States has an important role in ending early and forced marriage worldwide.

Tom Joyner's Homophobic Message to the Black Community

Irene Monroe | Posted 07.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

Incidents of rape always need to be called out, as Joyner did, and addressed immediately, but it shouldn't be brought to attention while denigrating a member of another minority group within the same population, as Joyner also did.

Working to End Violence Against Women in Turkey

Melis Figanmese | Posted 05.15.2013 | World
Melis Figanmese

There have been situations of honor killings, where no one is willing to bury the body of the woman, or severe beatings and women have no one to sit beside their hospital beds and KAMER steps in and plays their role in standing up for women.

How Men Leading LGBT Rights in Sports Culture Can Help Stop Violence Against Women

Mallika Dutt | Posted 07.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Mallika Dutt

It's only a short step from "don't cry like a girl" and "don't be a bitch" to "women are inferior." These assumptions and connections, part of what many are calling "toxic masculinity," enable violence against gay (or "effeminate" men) and violence against women alike.

Keeping Up the Fight Against Child Sex Trafficking

Valerie Jarrett | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics
Valerie Jarrett

As the girls described the atrocities they had suffered -- in many cases, for years -- my blood boiled. How on earth could this happen time and time again, right here in our community? How could the internet be used so blatantly as a tool to sell our children into slavery?

To Curb Domestic Violence, Start With Housing

Terri Ludwig | Posted 07.09.2013 | Impact
Terri Ludwig

When lawmakers in March reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act--the landmark legislation that guarantees certain rights and protections for survivors of domestic violence--they expanded a rule to bar landlords from evicting survivors from any publicly-supported home.

We Must Change the Culture of Violence Against Women in the Military

Terry O'Neill | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

Is "military justice" for women an oxymoron? I hope not, but this has been an eye-opening week about the culture of violence against women in the military.

A National Day of Male Atonement

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics
Dr. Peter Breggin

Maybe we should spend less time being curious about the female victims and more time asking ourselves as men, "What can we do to resist this age-old male drive to dominate and have power over women?"

Amazon Loses Its Mind

Martha Burk | Posted 07.08.2013 | Business
Martha Burk

Women (and not a few men) were outraged this week about a Bleeding Zombie Target Ex-Girlfriend sold on Amazon for $84.

Interview with Eve Ensler: In The Body of the World

Marianne Schnall | Posted 06.29.2013 | Women
Marianne Schnall

"It wasn't until I got cancer, where I was suddenly being pricked and ported and chemoed and operated on, that I suddenly just became body. I was just a body. And it was in that, in that finally landing in myself that I really discovered the world in my body."

Shut Up or Get Out: PA City Punishes Domestic Violence Victims Who Call the Police

Sandra Park | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
Sandra Park

Last year in Norristown, Pa., Lakisha Briggs' boyfriend physically assaulted her, and the police arrested him. But in a cruel turn of events, a police officer then told Ms. Briggs, "You are on three strikes. We're gonna have your landlord evict you."

An Open Letter to Louis CK

Mallika Dutt | Posted 06.19.2013 | Entertainment
Mallika Dutt

Thank you, Louis C.K., for being an ally -- like Lewis Black -- and challenging inequality and violence in your own way

The Machismo-Industrial Complex

Rebecca Solnit | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics
Rebecca Solnit

To acknowledge what really threatens us is to upset two of the most guarded citadels in this country: the military and masculinity. But if you look at leading causes of death and injury for women, the terms "terrorist" and "husband" should perhaps be interchangeable.

House of Horrors

Erika Eichelberger | Posted 06.18.2013 | Crime
Erika Eichelberger

Since the Newtown massacre, visions of unfathomable crazy mass killers and armed strangers in the night have colonized the American mind. But you're more likely to be hurt or killed by someone you know or love. And you'll probably be at home when it happens.

Don't You See, I'm Trying to Protect You?

Samina Ali | Posted 06.05.2013 | Arts
Samina Ali

Think about it. What other woman faces as much scrutiny or is the target of as much random violence - from both her own community as well as others -- as the Muslim woman?

Nepalese Man Burns Pregnant Wife Alive

Agence France Presse | | Posted 06.09.2013 | World

Police have arrested a man in rural Nepal after he allegedly killed his 22-year-old pregnant wife by stuffing her into a hay bale and setting it aligh...

HORROR: Two Women Beheaded Over Witchcraft Claims

Agence France Presse | | Posted 06.08.2013 | World

Two elderly women were beheaded in Papua New Guinea after being tortured for three days, a report said Monday, the latest in a string of sorcery-relat...

The Illuminator: Helen Benedict and the Journalistic Investigation That Inspired The Invisible War

R. Clifton Spargo | Posted 06.03.2013 | Fifty
R. Clifton Spargo

We're never going to get rid of all sexual assault in the military any more than we can get rid of it in civilian life. As long as it's out here, it's going to be in there. But the military is a controlled environment and your behavior is watched and dictated.

4 Indian Sisters Target Of Horrifying Acid Attack

AP | Posted 04.03.2013 | World

LUCKNOW, India -- Police in northern India are investigating an attack on four sisters who had acid thrown on them as they walked home from work, an o...

Rape Is Rape

Kate Muwoki | Posted 06.02.2013 | World
Kate Muwoki

While homophobic and transphobic sentiments seek to minimize the gravity of rape of LGBT people, the fact remains -- rape is rape. And, thanks to the work of women's and LGBT civil society organizations in South Africa, this violence is increasingly being exposed and denounced.

Violence Against Women? Call the Kung Fu Grannies!

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 06.01.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Women all over the developing world face harassment, threats, and abuse on a daily basis. The following examples from eight cities around the world demonstrate solutions to reduce violence and to help women feel safe.