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Gender Based Violence

Fighting Harassment Against Women With Beautiful Street Art

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 04.15.2014 | Arts

If you haven't already heard of Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, she's the woman behind "Stop Telling Women to Smile," the public art project that's tackling gen...

Street Harassment: Getting the Message

Anna Kegler | Posted 04.04.2014 | Impact
Anna Kegler

Just telling people that a behavior is wrong is not the same as giving them the tools to change it.

On a Random Day in the U.S. There Are More Than 66,000 Requests for Help Escaping Domestic Violence

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 03.06.2014 | Women
Soraya Chemaly

The dynamics of domestic violence are complex and changing them requires not just one thing to change, but many things simultaneously.

V-Day: Speak Out on Violence Against Women -- From the Pulpit

Jim Wallis | Posted 04.16.2014 | Religion
Jim Wallis

While many may be struggling through aisles of candy hearts and bunches of roses, I invite you to flip this day of mandatory public expressions of love on its head. What if, along with romantic dinners and expensive chocolates, we celebrated those we love by committing ourselves against sexual and domestic violence?

When Was the First Time You Were Harassed?

Debjani Roy | Posted 04.12.2014 | Impact
Debjani Roy

Whether you're talking about the comments like "hey baby" or "can I get a piece of that?"; the leering and lip smacking; the overtly physical acts of touching and groping; the non-physical but threatening acts like public masturbation, being the target of street harassment can start early.

Women, Abortion, and Helms: Executive Action to Break Barriers

Serra Sippel | Posted 03.17.2014 | World
Serra Sippel

Increasingly, women's bodies are battlegrounds. Not just figurative battlegrounds, but literally -- women's bodies are spaces where soldiers assert domination to gain a tactical advantage over other combatants, to build trust and camaraderie among soldiers, and to subdue communities to their will.

Is Animal Rights the Next Human Rights?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 03.11.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Will the passion of the animal rights movement soon become part of an international debate at the United Nations and related institutions as "Digital Diplomacy" takes another advance from the virtual?

Top 10 Global Health Moments of 2013

Karl Hofmann | Posted 03.01.2014 | World
Karl Hofmann

Drug-resistant TB, slowing donor funding, new outbreaks of polio and a devastating typhoon showed how easily progress can stall. Amid these challenges emerged a changing global health landscape.

Remembering the Real Victims of Rape

Angie Epifano | Posted 02.22.2014 | College
Angie Epifano

For the first time, survivors are speaking out about our experiences and demanding our rights to safe support, free from retaliation. In return, we've been treated worse than the people who made us survivors. If there is any chance for change, it cannot ride solely on the backs of survivors. It has to come from everybody.

Preventing Violence Against Women: Significant Progress, But Much Remains to Be Done

Sarah Costa | Posted 01.27.2014 | Impact
Sarah Costa

The reality of gender-based violence is tragic, and the tasks before us are daunting -- but we cannot let that overshadow the fact that, in the past two decades, progress has been remarkable.

To Be A Man, He Must Take A Stand Against Violence

Pamela Barnes | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
Pamela Barnes

As we recognize the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, it is important to shine a light on the tremendous progress we are making toward ending violence for good.

The Survival Girls -- Ming Holden's Book Debut

Michael Solis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Michael Solis

Ming Holden makes her book debut with her non-fiction novella, The Survival Girls, based on her work with Congolese refugee women who are survivors of gender-based violence. Ming's work is proof of what fresh energy can bring to a development project.

Will 'Safe From the Start' Bring Needed Change for Survivors of Sexual Violence in Conflict and Crisis?

Serra Sippel | Posted 11.25.2013 | World
Serra Sippel

This week at the U.N. General Assembly, amid critical talks about peace and security in Syria and across the Middle East, another narrative is taking its rightful place in New York -- the health and human rights of women and girls globally.

60 Percent of Americans Know a Survivor of Domestic Abuse or Sexual Assault: No More Excuses

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 11.24.2013 | World
Soraya Chemaly

Our tolerance for overlooking and excusing this violence never ceases to amaze me. While violence is complex, the basic issue, the right of children and women to live lives unmolested, is not. And it is rarely framed in terms of justice for girls and women within homes.

At Last! A National PSA Campaign to End Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

Anna Kegler | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Anna Kegler

Organizations are joining forces to create a nationwide (nationwide!) PSA campaign to address domestic violence and sexual assault. This is no blip on the map -- it's the real deal. It's actually happening.

Stop Telling Women To Smile

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 10.25.2013 | Arts

Most people who've spent time in a major city are familiar with the uninvited cat call. Whether you have been the target or you've watched the event u...

Taking Down Machismo: The "Fight" Against Gender-based Violence

Michael Solis | Posted 09.30.2013 | Impact
Michael Solis

There are men involved who still exhibit violent behavior, and there aren't enough resources to handle the overwhelming demand for individual psychological attention. But changing attitudes and practices prove that it is possible to unlearn machismo.

Congo Is Where My Heart Stays

Diana Buckhantz | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
Diana Buckhantz

These trips fly by for me. It seems like I just get acclimated to the schedule, to the food (or lack thereof), to not sleeping (somehow I never sleep in Congo), to 18 hour days, and suddenly it's time to go home. And as I seem to always say, at the end of every trip, I feel sad to leave.

Final Thoughts: And a Last Word

Janice Kamenir-Reznik | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
Janice Kamenir-Reznik

We have spent a week in Congo and my head is spinning. We visited 11 different programs and met with and talked to hundreds of people. Here are a few of my thoughts as we begin the two-day journey to come home

Falling In Love

Diana Buckhantz | Posted 09.14.2013 | Impact
Diana Buckhantz

The stories and the numbers of rapes have not abated, and his face reflects the stress of the last many years. But throughout it all, Dr. Mukwege finds hope.

Recharging Your Batteries in the DRC

Diane Kabat | Posted 09.14.2013 | Impact
Diane Kabat

Another woman explains how having access to protein has improved the nutrition for her small children and how she is able to provide her family with better and more plentiful vegetables because of animal by-product use.

An Emotional Day

Janice Kamenir-Reznik | Posted 09.14.2013 | Impact
Janice Kamenir-Reznik

The day was emotional, uplifting and inspiring, and made us all very, very proud. Just as they shared their stories with us, we shared ours with them.

Addressing Gender-based Violence Through Sport

Women Win | Posted 08.03.2013 | Impact
Women Win

When girls participate in sport, they challenge the core of gender-based violence -- inequity, patriarchy and rigid gender roles.

Resilience in the Face of Violence

Ritu Sharma | Posted 07.29.2013 | World
Ritu Sharma

No single policy or piece of legislation will wipe out gender-based violence in one fell swoop. But each action we take adds to the cumulative tide of meaningful change.

To Empower Women, Don't Forget the Men

Impatient Optimists | Posted 07.21.2013 | Women
Impatient Optimists

It's a sweltering afternoon at the village school in Binkolo, in northern Sierra Leone. The "students"--a group of 50 men, ranging in age from their e...