Sexual violence

13.12.2018

2018 Nobel Peace Prize highlights need to prevent rape as a weapon of war

2018 Nobel Peace Prize highlights need to prevent rape as a weapon of war

In their talks at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremonies in Oslo on 10 December 2018, the co-laureates, Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege urged concerted global action to stop rape and sexual violence as weapons of war. Dr Denis Mukwege has become an eloquent spokesperson… »

29.04.2018

I can’t stop thinking about “The Wolfpack” case

I can’t stop thinking about “The Wolfpack” case

Daniela Hirsch, 34, is a Chilean lawyer, lifelong humanist and married with a daughter. If anyone does not know what I am talking about, I am referring to the case of the girl in Spain who was raped by five men who were convicted of sexual assault and not rape;… »

31.10.2017

Lessons we can learn from the Kevin Spacey furore

Lessons we can learn from the Kevin Spacey furore

Transform the male & workplace culture that allows sexual harassment  Until now, Kevin Spacey never publicly revealed that he is gay. For decades, long after other actors came out, he remained totally closeted and side-stepped the issue of his sexuality. In the early stages of his career, when… »

09.03.2017

The shameful epidemic that is rape

The shameful epidemic that is rape

By Phil Harris for InDepthNews Do legal systems around the world give women and girls true protection from rape and other forms of sexual violence? Do the victims of rape and sexual violence have access to real justice if violence is perpetrated? The answer is ‘no’, says a report… »

10.05.2016

Guatemala: the forced exodus of young girls and women

Guatemala: the forced exodus of young girls and women

Why do girls, adolescents and women migrate?  Why would they leave their countries of origin and embark on the misadventure of an undocumented journey with the certainty that they will suffer on the way?  And if they do make it, will they be able to survive and deal with the… »

03.05.2016

Action against gun violence is action against militarism

Action against gun violence is action against militarism

Small arms—guns, rifles, etc.—are a key part of the global armed violence epidemic, resulting in about half a million deaths annually. They are, as activist Daniel Mack wrote recently, “the main vector of death and injury worldwide.” The manufacture, trade, proliferation, possession, and use of small arms facilitate… »

26.03.2013

Turning the Tables: Can us men really understand sexual violence against women?

Turning the Tables: Can us men really understand sexual violence against women?

In the early 1980s, as a student in New Zealand with no income, I could not afford inter-city travel and so spent a lot of time hitch-hiking between my home-town of Tauranga and my university town Hamilton. Once I was picked up by a fairly muscular guy who quickly turned… »

24.03.2013

India: New sexual violence law has both positive and regressive provisions

India: New sexual violence law has both positive and regressive provisions

A new law passed by the Indian Parliament aimed at addressing sexual violence, while positive in some respects, has several deficiencies and also violates India’s international law obligations, Amnesty International said. The upper house of the Indian Parliament passed the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013 on 21 March 2013, meaning… »

14.02.2013

Worldwide day of action to end violence against women: One Billion Rising

Worldwide day of action to end violence against women: One Billion Rising

“The Indian woman sold to a sheikh: The harrowing story of one Indian woman who was tricked into slavery in Saudi Arabia” (See) “Somali woman is jailed for a year after claiming she was raped: Human rights groups attack ‘terrible miscarriage of justice’ as woman and journalist who interviewed… »

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