• sexual violence against women

    Tunisia Acts on Violence Against Women, With Help From UN Women

    by  • August 6, 2017 • Africa, Gender-Based Violence, Poverty, Take a Look, US Foreign Relations • 

    • Prodded by Tunisian advocacy organizations and assisted by international legal experts, the Tunisian parliament passed a law in late July not only to curb violence against women but also to introduce measures to protect them and provide help to those who have suffered abuse. It is the first such law passed by Tunisian...

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    Building a Case for Prosecuting the Genocide of Yazidi Women

    by  • August 1, 2017 • Gender-Based Violence, Middle East, Responsibility to Protect, Security Council, Terrorism, Women • 

    As the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliphate in Iraq crumbles, assessments begin to emerge of the damage left in its wake by its cultural nihilism and harsh sectarian absolutism designed to remake an Arab society. The human costs have been high in Iraq — in deaths, maiming, displacement and the enslavement of girls and women....

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    A New Campaign, #EveryHourMatters, Urges Instant Post-Rape Care

    by  • March 28, 2016 • Gender-Based Violence, Health and Population, UN Agencies, UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Women • 3 Comments

    Maureen Phiri, a young girl from a poor family in Malawi, was only 11 years old when she was raped by the man who had hired her to do housework for him and his wife. Not only did Maureen continue to experience sexual abuse from the man she worked for, he left her with another...

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    In Kurdistan and Beyond, Honor Killings Remind Women They Are Worthless

    by  • May 6, 2014 • Gender-Based Violence, WORLDVIEWS • 4 Comments

    A Kurdish woman in Erbil, Iraq.

    KURDISTAN, Iraq — For many women in Kurdistan, life is anything but honorable. We have come to this autonomous region in northern Iraq as social anthropologists to research violence against women — particularly, honor killings — by interviewing local experts, including United Nations personnel. We were told by a Kurdish man here that women...

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    Congolese Rebel Leader Faces Broad Charges of Sex Crimes

    by  • February 13, 2014 • Africa, Child Soldiers, Gender-Based Violence, ICC, International Justice, Women • 

    Bosco Ntaganda

    The first step to possibly try Bosco Ntaganda, a Congolese warlord born in Rwanda, for war crimes and crimes against humanity, began recently at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Ntaganda, who turned himself in to the court last year by going to the United States Embassy in Rwanda, allegedly committed the crimes...

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    Unraveling Sexual Violence in Costa Rica and Throughout Latin America

    by  • January 8, 2014 • Gender-Based Violence, Latin America, UN Agencies, Women • 

    Memorial femicide protest in Chile

    For the past three decades, Costa Rica has carried out progressive steps to reduce violence against women, a major inhibitor of human and economic development in the country and throughout Latin America. While the issue has garnered more attention among the general public in recent years, it remains intertwined in the fabric of Latin...

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    War Crimes Against Women and Girls Must Be Prosecuted

    by  • November 4, 2013 • Gender-Based Violence, WORLDVIEWS • 

    Three children walk to clean dishes in the Niger river in Gao, Mali.

      There is now overwhelming evidence that conflicts exacerbate pre-existing gender discrimination and put women and girls at heightened risk of sexual, physical and psychological violence. One appalling example of this evidence is the report recently to the Human Rights Council by the International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, which highlights the threat and...

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    Signs of Transformation From the ‘Pink Ghetto of Gender’

    by  • October 31, 2013 • Gender-Based Violence, International Justice, Peace and Security, Women • 

    Chad mother daughter

    One question about women’s rights that may never go away is how to ensure that women are represented fairly in large organizations, like the United Nations. For now, work on “gender mainstreaming” may suffice by concentrating on small steps as opposed to devising wholesale solutions. As one expert has described the process, it is...

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    For Many Latin American Women, Abuse Never Lets Up

    by  • August 19, 2013 • Health and Population, Human Rights, Latin America, Women • 1 Comment

    Bolivian Women in Oruro

    Latin American and Caribbean nations have pulled ahead of most other developing regions on numerous measures of economic growth and human progress in recent years. The region has one of the world’s lowest poverty levels; hunger has been reduced to under 5 percent of the regional population; primary school enrollment rivals that of rich...

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    Congo Court Reparations Elude Sexual Violence Victims

    by  • July 15, 2013 • Gender-Based Violence, WORLDVIEWS • 

    Prayers in Congo

      At the United Nations Security Council’s ministerial meeting on securing peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the rest of the Great Lakes region on July 25, to be presided over by United States Secretary of State John Kerry, we will likely be reminded that Congo, often referred to as the “rape...

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    Congolese Women Grow More Demanding of Local Governments

    by  • June 7, 2013 • Gender-Based Violence, WORLDVIEWS • 1 Comment

    Collecting firewood at the Kanyaruchinya IDP camp, Congo

    A global women’s organization with wide experience in peace-building recently brought together scores of prominent women from six African nations to take well-defined steps for dealing with the root causes of the persistent sexual violence occurring in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Declaring that peace in eastern Congo could bring peace to the entire Great Lakes area...

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    The Recipe for a Better World? Ending Violence Against Women and Girls

    by  • March 7, 2013 • Development, Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Women

    57th Commission on the Status of Women at the UN

    Thousands of women worldwide flock to the Commission on the Status of Women’s conference at the United Nations every March, and this year is no exception, for good reason: the theme is eliminating and preventing all violence against women and girls. Violence is a phenomenon that all females can relate to day after day,...

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    For Muslim Women, a Careful Script to Combat Violence

    by  • September 17, 2012 • Gender-Based Violence, Middle East, Women • 4 Comments

    Egyptian women protesting sexual harrasment and violence.

    The saddest stories told by vulnerable women in villages or slum shacks across the developing world most often involve violence or subjugation that they must bear because they don’t know how, or don’t have the means, to escape a bad situation. In the poorest countries, women talk of being assaulted or intimidated at home,...

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    UN Leaders Call for a Global Review of Women’s Rights

    by  • March 14, 2012 • General Assembly, Women • 4 Comments

    women's conference

    In an unusual joint call for action, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the president of the General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser of Qatar, are asking United Nations members to convene a world conference on women in 2015, the 20th anniversary of the path-breaking meeting in Beijing that broadly defined women’s rights and proposed actions to...

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