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 […]

ATM-style machine lets Indian women report abuse without fear

ATM-style machine lets Indian women report abuse without fear

Amrit Dhillon – Star – Thursday, 28 August 2014 (originally published 25 Aug) NEW DELHI—Most Indian women think very carefully before walking into a police station to lodge a complaint. The all-male officers, the macho atmosphere, and the corresponding fear of sexual harassment deter them. If they go at all, they go escorted by a […]

Malaysia Transgender Women Court Battle

Malaysia Transgender Women Court Battle

WNN Justice (WNN/HRW) Bangkok, THAILAND, SOUTHEASTERN ASIA:  Transgender women in Malaysia have filed a groundbreaking court case challenging a law that prohibits them from expressing their gender identity, Human Rights Watch said today. On May 22, 2014, the Putrajaya Court of Appeal is expected to hear a challenge to the constitutionality of the laws. Three […]

Helping rape survivors feel stronger, not weaker, through video, film & news media

Helping rape survivors feel stronger, not weaker, through video, film & news media

Jessica Buchleitner – WNN Features (WNN) San Francisco, California, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Film director, award winning producer and activist Nancy Schwartzman, who’s work has been featured on PBS television show POV – Point of View in 2013, as well as the BBC news and numerous other media networks, wasn’t sure that what happened to her […]

Efforts to Turn Back Rising Rates of Violence Against Women in Thailand

Efforts to Turn Back Rising Rates of Violence Against Women in Thailand

Ron Corben – Voice of America – Friday, 20 December 2013 (originally published 18 Dec) BANGKOK — In Thailand, official statistics indicate rates of domestic violence are increasing despite a 2007 law designed to protect victims. Many women remain reluctant to seek assistance because they are unaware of protections available to them. Researchers at Thailand’s […]

“Atrocity is not something that can be ignored,” Stopping gender-based violence in war

“Atrocity is not something that can be ignored,” Stopping gender-based violence in war

WNN Features (WNN) Denver, Colorado, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: As WNN – Women News Network works with the Nobel Women’s Initiative to introduce an amazing group of global women rights defenders, following the  16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign, WNN asked each of the heroines the same vital question: As we get close to […]

U.S. legislators vow to improve conditions for armed forces sexual assault survivors

U.S. legislators vow to improve conditions for armed forces sexual assault survivors

Carol Pearson – WNN Justice (WNN/VOA) Washington, D.C., UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Four U.S. military veterans who are survivors of military sexual assaults testified Friday July 19 before a U.S. House of Representatives Veterans’ Affairs subcommittee. They asked for better care and treatment for their trauma from the U.S. Veterans Administration. The U.S. Defense Department released […]

Egypt’s women fighting back against sex assaults

Egypt’s women fighting back against sex assaults

AP – ZeeNews – Thursday, 14 February 2013 (originally published 13 Feb) Egyptian women are growing increasingly angry and militant as they deal with one of the unintended consequences of the Arab Spring: an epidemic of sexual assault that law enforcement has failed to contain. The backlash, which includes self-defense courses for women and even […]

India Enacts Tough New Rape Laws

India Enacts Tough New Rape Laws

Anjana Pasricha – Voice of America – Thursday, 07 February 2013 (originally published 04 Feb) NEW DELHI — In India, the government has passed tough new laws to tackle sexual violence against women. Demand for new legislation was sparked by a brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old woman in India’s capital in December. Women’s rights […]

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