Why do men rape? Comparing the epidemic from East to West

Why do men rape? Comparing the epidemic from East to West

Sarah Honan with Elaine Replogle / WNN Interviews (WNN) Waterford, IRELAND, WESTERN EUROPE: Two women leave their homes to spend time with friends. One goes with her friend to see a new movie that has just been released called “Life of Pi.” The other woman goes to a local and well-loved gathering place called the Tin […]

Iraqi women face increased violence under militant expansion

Iraqi women face increased violence under militant expansion

WNN Breaking (WNN/UNNC) United Nations, New York, U.S., AMERICAS: Amid reports of deliberate targeting of women and girls in Iraq, senior United Nations officials today voiced deep concern about the deteriorating humanitarian and security situations in the country, where more than 1.2 million people have fled their homes in fear for their lives. “As the […]

Rwanda expands refugee 'one-stop' care centers for rape victims

Rwanda expands refugee 'one-stop' care centers for rape victims

WNN Breaking (WNN) Kigali, RWANDA, EASTERN AFRICA: To curb continuing cases of rape violence in Rwanda’s refugee camps, the government of Rwanda along with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) is now establishing what has been termed the new ‘one-stop’ centers that will bring both police security and health care staff together in […]

Kickstarter campaign shows survival of women facing violence in Papua New Guinea

Kickstarter campaign shows survival of women facing violence in Papua New Guinea

Lys Anzia – WNN Features (WNN) Brooklyn, New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: A new Kickstarter book publishing campaign by Fotoevidence, uses photography to draw attention to human rights violations, injustice, oppression and assaults on sovereignty or human dignity wherever they may occur. The campaign also highlights the courage and fortitude of 34-year-old Papuan native Helen […]

Violence against women in South Africa still largely ignored

Violence against women in South Africa still largely ignored

Gaby Sanchez for Gender Links for Equality and Justice Zimbabwe – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA: In April 2012, a cell phone video of a teenager with an intellectual disability being gang raped by men and boys from her community in Soweto went viral. Authorities had no choice but to attend to the 17-year-old’s […]

Worldwide 16 Days Campaign says no to violence against women

Worldwide 16 Days Campaign says no to violence against women

Anita Powell for VOA – WNN Breaking (WNN/VOA) Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA: Activists around the world on Monday launched 16 days of activism against gender violence, an annual campaign that for more than 20 years has aimed to eradicate violence against women and girls.  But the campaign appears to have largely failed in countries like South […]

Why is global women’s safety placed at bottom of list with relief action?

Why is global women’s safety placed at bottom of list with relief action?

Marcy Hersh for Refugees International – WNN SOAPBOX (RI) Port-au-Prince, Haiti, CARIBBEAN, AMERICAS: There is always a convenient excuse. In Haiti, we don’t have the time. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, we don’t have the funding. In the Syrian refugee response, we don’t have the experts. Somehow, there is always a pat answer […]

Becoming strong: The challenges facing women in Timor-Leste

Becoming strong: The challenges facing women in Timor-Leste

Jemma Williams – WNN Features (WNN) Dili, TIMOR-LESTE, SOUTHEAST ASIA: Fourteen years ago, when Juliana (Lica) Marçal was only 17 years old, she hid inside the Ave Maria church in Suai, East Timor, also known as Timor-Leste, as a horrific massacre took place. Marçal witnessed an attack that lasted for two hours that resulted in […]