Gender-Selective Violence

She Won a Seat in Iran’s Parliament, but Hard-Liners Had Other Plans

She Won a Seat in Iran’s Parliament, but Hard-Liners Had Other Plans Thomas Erdbrink, The New York Times  11 May 2016 Image: Minoo Khaleghi, a reformist politician, had won a seat in the Iranian Parliament in February.CreditIran Pooyesh   TEHRAN — Minoo Khaleghi easily won a seat in the Iranian Parliament in February, part of a wave of independents and reformists who now have the numbers to wrest authority from the hard-liners. On Wednesday,

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Unicef: Boko Haram Using More Children as Suicide Bombers

Boko Haram Using More Children as Suicide Bombers, Unicef Says Dionne Searcey, The New York Times 12 April 2016 Image: Children in Chibok, Nigeria, last month. One of every five suicide bombers deployed by Boko Haram in the past two years has been a child, a report by Unicef said. Credit Stefan Heunis/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images DAKAR, Senegal — As it torments West Africa, Boko Haram is increasingly turning to children to carry out

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How Boko Haram Trains Abducted Women and Girls to Be Suicide Bombers

How Boko Haram Trains Abducted Women and Girls to Be Suicide Bombers Dionne Searcey, The New York Times 07 April 2016 Image: Rahila Amos, a Nigerian grandmother, said she was abducted by Boko Haram and forced to take classes on how to carry out a suicide bombing. CreditTyler Hicks/The New York Times MINAWAO REFUGEE CAMP, Cameroon — Hold the bomb under your armpit to keep it steady, the women and girls were taught. Sever your enemy’s head from

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Taliban Waged a Calculated Campaign Against Women in Kunduz

Taliban Waged a Calculated Campaign Against Women in Kunduz Alissa J. Rubin, New York Times 14 October 2015 Image: Dr. Hassina Sarwari, the Kunduz Province director of Women for Afghan Women, in 2014.Credit - Bryan Denton for The New York Times KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban occupation of Kunduz may have been temporary, but what they did to Afghan women’s rights could prove to be lasting. In a methodical campaign, the Taliban relentlessly

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Now for a Limited Time: Free Registration for the Women & Genocide in the 21st Century Symposium!

Now for a Limited Time: Free Registration for the Women & Genocide in the 21st Century Symposium! Submitted by admin on Wed, 08/10/2014 - 5:35pm Darfur Women Action Group Women and Genocide in the 21st Century: The Case of Darfur National Symposium 419 7th St. NW  Washington, DC Saturday, October 25th-Sunday, October 26th Registration is now FREE for everyone from Wednesday, October 8th-Thursday, October 16th!     Schedule of Events &

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Nobel Peace Prize Goes to Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi

Nobel Peace Prize Goes to Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi By Alan Cowell and Declan Walsh 10 October 2014 Reaching across gulfs of age, gender, faith, nationality and even international celebrity, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the 2014 peace prize on Friday to Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India. The award joined a teenage Pakistani known around the world with an Indian veteran of campaigns to end child labor and

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South Africa Takes a Step Backwards

South Africa Takes a Step Backwards By Graeme Reid, City Press July 7, 2014 South Africa’s inexplicable support for a regressive resolution at the UN Human Rights Council brings into question its commitment to gender equality and the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. A controversial “protection of the family” resolution was passed on June 26. Not only did South Africa vote in favour, but astoundingly supported

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War’s overlooked victims

War's overlooked victims By The Economist 13 January 2011 Rape is horrifyingly widespread in conflicts all around the world SHORTLY after the birth of her sixth child, Mathilde went with her baby into the fields to collect the harvest. She saw two men approaching, wearing what she says was the uniform of the FDLR, a Rwandan militia. Fleeing them she ran into another man, who beat her head with a metal bar. She fell to the ground with her baby and

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Let There Be No Hiding Place for Rapists in War

 Let There Be No Hiding Place for Rapists in War By John Kerry 9 June 2014 Sexual violence plagues every country. It is not just a domestic criminal justice issue. Acts of sexual violence demean our collective humanity. They perpetuate conflict and instability for generations. They make us all less secure, less prosperous and less free. So there are few causes worthier of international co-operation. In February, I was proud to announce to the world

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Rape ‘routine’ in DR Congo prisons

Rape 'routine' in DR Congo prisons By BBC 2 June 2014   Security officials "routinely" rape women in prisons in DR Congo as punishment for their political activities, a UK-based charity says.   Freedom From Torture said medical reports of 34 women showed many of them had been brutally gang-raped. The women - who included traders and professionals aged between 18 and 62 - are seeking asylum in the UK. Democratic Republic of Congo government

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