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Gender Based Violence

The Real Questions We Should Be Asking About #WhyIStayed

Megan Foo | Posted 09.12.2014 | 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 08.06.2014 | 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?

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 04.29.2014 | 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.