Violence Against Women

Brock Turner was found guilty in March of 2016 on three felony counts of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman; in June, he was sentenced to six months in the Santa Clara County jail and three years of probation — a sentence many considered to be far too lenient. In the wake of the sentence, which Judge Aaron Persky handed down because he said a harsher one would “have a severe impact on [Turner],” Turner’s victim released the powerful letter she read to her attacker at the sentencing detailing the “severe impact” the assault has had on her.


Powerful Letter The Stanford Victim Read Aloud To Her Attacker

A former Stanford swimmer who sexually assaulted an unconscious woman was sentenced to six months in jail because a longer sentence would have “a severe impact on him,” according to a judge. At his sentencing Thursday, his victim read him a letter describing the “severe impact” the assault had on her.  Read letter.


Texas Says It’s OK to Shoot an Escort If She Won’t Have Sex With You

A jury in Bexar County, Texas just acquitted Ezekiel Gilbert of charges that he murdered a 23-year-old Craigslist escort—agreeing that because he was attempting to retrieve the $150 he’d paid to Lenora Ivie Frago, who wouldn’t have sex with him, his actions were justified. Read more.


Death sentence and detentions raise profile of rape in Somalia

The recent execution in Somalia of a soldier convicted of rape and the detention of a journalist investigating sexual assault have given the traditionally taboo issue of gender-based violence an usual degree of prominence. Read more. 

Warsan Shire: FGM

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Kenya’s unique approach to rape prevention should have the rest of the world taking note.

In 2010, the group No Means No Worldwide began offering self-defense classes to Nairobi schoolgirls, teaching them how to fight back against rape. Read more. 

Project Unspoken

Dear Daddy

Make-up in the Morning

Honor Diaries: FGM

A Call for Help


Malala Given 24-Hour Police Protection by UK Authorities

Malala Yousufzai has been afforded police protection after increased threats on her life, just a week after passing state exams with flying colors. Read more. 

To go with story 'India-economy-urbanisation' by Trudy HARRIS
In this photograph taken on March 4, 2015 Indian commuters travel along a busy road during a traffic jam as there is no parking and traffic control system in the middle of the old city in Allahabad.Its roads are clogged with traffic, the pavements overflow with rubbish and power cuts are a fact of life. But Allahabad, an ancient settlement on the banks of the Ganges, is hoping to become one of India's first tech-savvy "smart cities" under ambitious plans being piloted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.   AFP PHOTO / SANJAY KANOJIA        (Photo credit should read Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images)

Indian woman, 17, beheaded by her brothers over romantic affair, police say

The police say the two were seen roaming the streets of their village, carrying their sister’s head and decrying her relationship. Read more. 


Man charged with murdering ex-girlfriend, her 6 children, and her husband

“Domestic homicide is committed almost entirely by men who feel off-the-charts levels of male entitlement — men who feel so entitled to control a woman just because they’ve dated or married her that they resort to violence to reassert control.” Read more. 

Reversing Female Circumcision: The Cut That Heals

VICE News reports on a little-known surgery that restores sexual function to the clitoris for women who had their genitals mutilated as children. Read more. 

A portrait of a woman is seen near the entrance of the female compartment of a suburban train at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station in Mumbai November 2, 2012. In India some train compartments, or sometimes whole trains, are reserved specifically for female passengers in an effort to make their travel easier and more secure. The role and treatment of women in society has recently become a hot political issue in the country, since the Dec. 16 gang rape of a 23-year-old student in New Delhi, who later died of her injuries, and whose case has led to widespread protests in the region against violence against women. Picture taken November 2, 2012.          REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY CIVIL UNREST TRANSPORT)



Activists demand witness protection as two rape victims are murdered in India

“There must be a formalised protection system in place for victims and witnesses in cases where they are under threat and facing intimidation or worse”. Read more.


Girl reportedly guarded by lions in Ethiopia

Authorities: Cats chased off men trying to force her to marry. Read more. 

Miseducation: NYT Op-Doc

The filmmaker Nadine Cloete explores childhood in a part of South Africa plagued by gang culture and violence.


After the most recent attack, she made a brave decision. She posted a video discussing her process coming to terms with it. Read more. 


6 Contortions Women Perform to Avoid Street Harassment

New study lays out some of the insane lengths women go to avoid street harassment—like avoiding an entire city. Read more. 


What I Learned from ‘The Hunting Ground:’ I Am A Part of Rape Culture 

The documentary The Hunting Ground taught me I was part of campus rape culture, and I didn’t even realize it. Read more. 

Meet the Lebanese Women Fighting Back Against Misogyny

Lebanese women sick of harassment founded a women’s only taxi company that provides women a safe way to travel. Meet the women behind Pink Taxis and listen how life is for women in Beirut.


Mexico’s Harassment Issue

These Mexican women are fighting street harassers with confetti guns and punk rock. Read more.


In honor of Bland, and to continue to call attention to violence against Black women in the U.S., the African American Policy Forum, the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies at Columbia Law School, and Andrea Ritchie, Soros Justice Fellow and expert on policing of women and LGBT people of color, have updated a report first issued in May, 2015, “Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women.”


This Simple Trick Could Save Your Life If Someone Tries to Tie Your Hands And Kidnap You

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Behind the Photos That Changed How America Saw Domestic Violence

How one photographer documented the epidemic of hidden abuse inside our nation’s homes. Read more.