Congolese women mobilized to bring back hero physician

Congolese women mobilized to bring back hero physician

Emma Batha for Thomson Reuters Foundation – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/TRF) DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO,MIDDLE AFRICA: After Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege narrowly survived an assassination attempt, he decided it was time to leave his troubled homeland, where he is renowned for his work helping survivors of some of the worst sexual brutality on the planet. But […]

World Pulse’s ‘web’ of women keeps growing

World Pulse’s ‘web’ of women keeps growing

Larisa Epatko – PBS News – Monday, 07 October 2013 (originally published 30 Sept) In her early 20s, Jensine Larsen was working as a freelance journalist in Burma and the Amazon region of South America, and learned that many of the stories affecting women weren’t being reported in the media. She then realized that women […]

Trauma for rape survivors in war-torn countries heals under group therapy

Trauma for rape survivors in war-torn countries heals under group therapy

Jessica Berman for VOA – WNN Breaking (WNN/VOA) Washington D.C., UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: A new study has found that a form of psychological treatment, called group cognitive therapy, helps ease and reverse the emotional symptoms of victims of rape in war-torn countries where highly-trained psychologists are few and far between. The good news, say researchers, […]

Massive rapes & conflict displacement hit DR Congo mining region

Massive rapes & conflict displacement hit DR Congo mining region

WNN Justice (WNN/IRIN) Bunia, DRC – Democratic Republic of the Congo, AFRICA: For the past 10 months, a little-known conflict in a marginalized corner of northeast Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has left a trail of killing, abduction, rape and forced displacement, with few signs of an imminent resolution. The epicentre of the conflict is […]

Japan Can Champion Women’s Rights

Japan Can Champion Women’s Rights

Mary M. McCarthy – New York Times – Thursday, 03 January 2013 (originally published 01 Jan) “THEY started to drag us away, one by one. … I hid under the table, but was soon found. … The Japanese officer … took his sword out of its scabbard and pointed it at me, threatening me with […]

Global campaign targets rape in conflict zones

Global campaign targets rape in conflict zones

Phil Moore – Amnesty International – Tuesday, 27 November 2012 (originally published 23 Nov) Tens of thousands of civilians fled in fear this week as the armed group M23 marched into the eastern Congolese city of Goma – worsening an already dire human rights situation.  Following the city’s fall to the M23 on Tuesday, many more […]

Red Cross volunteers offer mental health recovery to Congo child soldiers

Red Cross volunteers offer mental health recovery to Congo child soldiers

WNN Breaking (WNN/ICRC) Ango Territory, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF  CONGO, AFRICA: On the occasion of World Mental Health Day (10 October), the ICRC – International Committee of the Red Cross looks at the plight of children and youth forcibly recruited by armed groups the psychosocial support provided by local actors to lighten their heavy load after […]

CONGO: Discussion groups help male youth work to prevent violence against women

CONGO: Discussion groups help male youth work to prevent violence against women

WNN Breaking (WNN) KINSHASA, DRC: As paramilitary violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) continues with the absence of much of the western world’s media coverage, United Nations Children’s Fund – UNICEF is helping to bring ‘child-friendly’ spaces to adolescents who have been displaced. Many Congolese youth have experienced, seen or have had loved […]

Shelter for Victims of Sexual Abuse

Shelter for Victims of Sexual Abuse

WNN Photos   Women of all ages are sexually abused, from infants to seniors in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  (WNN) DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: International Women’s Day. Monuc visists a women’s shelter for victims of sexual abuse in Goma. A delegation of MONUC female staff visited a women’s shelter in Goma and donated much […]