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Gender Based Violence

It's OK to Beat Her, Just Don't Kill Her

Phil Latessa | Posted 10.20.2014 | Impact
Phil Latessa

In rural Tanzania, it is OK to beat your wife. Women are powerless and ashamed to even discuss these beatings with their family or friends.

What About The Girls?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.10.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

We need to wake up and realize all children, especially those of color -- girls and boys -- need adults to stop criminalizing them and recognize the special risks facing our girls.

International Day of the Girl: Afghanistan Through the Eyes of the Girl.

Vanessa Thevathasan | Posted 10.10.2014 | Impact
Vanessa Thevathasan

In this crucial period of political transition and troop withdrawal at the end of the year, it is imperative that young Afghan girls are empowered with the skills, knowledge and courage to stand up to violence perpetrated against them.

Celebrating the Girls Who Can

Claire Armitage | Posted 10.09.2014 | Impact
Claire Armitage

Emerge poverty free works with the BCHC to help over 700 orphans who have been placed with foster families in Bunia. Years of conflict, between myriad rebel groups, in the resource-rich region have devastated local lives, separating families and destroying livelihoods.

World Mental Health Day: Let's Do It for the Children

Curt Goering | Posted 10.09.2014 | Impact
Curt Goering

With counseling and psychosocial support, young lives devastated by war and childhoods violently taken away can be reclaimed. We see it happen when they begin to smile again, laugh again, and play again.

First Responders: Women's Organizations Fighting Against Gender-Based Violence in Iraq

Vanessa Thevathasan | Posted 10.03.2014 | World
Vanessa Thevathasan

The conflict has not only shone a light against the persecution of women, it has provided greater understanding of the essential work civil society is playing in safeguarding women and protecting their human rights. Without them, women would be left open to the untold horror of ISIL.

In Brazil, the World Cup Is Over But the Sexual Violence Continues

Gary Barker, Ph.D. | Posted 09.19.2014 | World
Gary Barker, Ph.D.

A few short weeks after the World Cup ended in Rio de Janeiro, four military police officers were arrested for the rape of three young women in a Rio de Janeiro favela. This episode and others have pointed to continual patterns of sexual violence in Brazil.

#WhyIStayed: I Wanted to Be a Hero to My Child?

Ama Yawson | Posted 09.19.2014 | Women
Ama Yawson

I was shocked to read, was the following excerpt of Dr. Boyce Watkins's open letter to Janay Rice in which he calls women who stay with their abusers in order to keep their families intact "heroes."

The Real Questions We Should Be Asking About #WhyIStayed

Megan Foo | Posted 09.15.2014 | Teen
Megan Foo

Scrolling down these tweets, I couldn't help but wonder: how many more women bear the same brunt of intimate partner violence? How many more women struggle to break the vicious cycle of violence and reconciliation that keeps them holding on to abusive relationships?

Allow U.S. Foreign Aid to Do Its Job

Serra Sippel | Posted 10.06.2014 | Impact
Serra Sippel

Allowing U.S. foreign aid to be used to provide life-saving health services that include safe abortion care is critical to achieving a comprehensive and humanitarian response. Clarification of U.S. law and correct interpretation of the Helms amendment is an important first step to ensure a comprehensive and compassionate U.S. response to sexual violence globally.

A Guy Asked Her A Sexist, Obscene Question. This Was Her Response.

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 07.18.2014 | Women

Venessa Marco was at a bodega when the man behind the counter asked her if she could deep throat. He said, “You look like the kind of girl who can s...

Once We Make This Dream A Reality

Michelle Bachelet | Posted 08.31.2014 | Impact
Michelle Bachelet

The legitimate demands and needs that we have as women are not seen. However, this situation is not merely a challenge in terms of justice. It represents a significant shortcoming in the quality of our democracies.

Burning Witches in Denmark: A Midsummer Ritual Unintentionally Endorses Gender-Based Violence

Nancy Graham Holm | Posted 08.23.2014 | Religion
Nancy Graham Holm

Am I lacking a sense of humor? Too politically correct? Maybe. But the feminist in me never fails to be offended.

On World Refugee Day, Let's Commit to Make the Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls in Conflict a Priority

Sarah Costa | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact
Sarah Costa

From physical and psychological abuse, rape and genital mutilation to exploitation and human trafficking, gender-based violence (GBV) has profound and long-lasting consequences for individuals, families and communities.

Empowering Women, Ending Violence

Catherine Russell | Posted 08.11.2014 | Impact
Catherine Russell

The ultimate task for our generation is to make women and men equal partners in building peace, security and prosperity. This is a question not just of individual rights but also of international security. After all, history shows that a society can only reach its potential when women are allowed to reach theirs.

The Tragedy of False Honor: Why Violence Against Women Must Stop

Purnima Mane | Posted 08.09.2014 | World
Purnima Mane

There is so much for us to gain in this world if people could see beyond this distorted concept of "honor." True honor lies in caring for those we love, in seeing them as human beings, and cherishing their lives - regardless of whether they are a man or a woman.

Because I Have a Daughter, I'm Sharing My Story of Sexual Assault

Elizabeth Flora Ross | Posted 07.30.2014 | Parents
Elizabeth Flora Ross

I am sharing my experiences now because I have a daughter. She is young and innocent. At 5 years old, I have already had to explain to her that no one has the right to touch her body without her permission. Because that is the world we live in.

A War on Women

Lauren Hersh | Posted 07.29.2014 | Women
Lauren Hersh

There is a war on women and we can no longer afford to classify this gender-based violence as "random and isolated.

After UCSB Tragedy, Haunting Tumblr Chronicles What Happens 'When Women Refuse'

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen & Nina Bahadur | Posted 05.29.2014 | Women

In 2008, British model Katie Piper was raped after she refused to have sex with her new boyfriend. Two days later, a man threw a cup of industrial-str...

Our Outrage Must Be a Call to Action

Catherine Russell | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Catherine Russell

For all of the Nigerian girls, and for all of the women and girls around the world who have experienced violence simply because they dared to dream, let's get to work.

Traditional Masculinity: How It Can Hurt Everybody

Pierre R. Berastaín | Posted 06.21.2014 | Impact
Pierre R. Berastaín

Are men taught to hurt others and themselves? And how can male socialization play a role in 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 06.04.2014 | 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 05.06.2014 | 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?