When war in Ukraine equals domestic violence at home

When war in Ukraine equals domestic violence at home

Thanks goes to RFE/RL reporter Claire Bigg for this interview – (WNN/Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty/Lady Liberty) KYIV, UKRAINE: A Ukrainian group helping victims of domestic abuse says the conflict in eastern Ukraine has led to a dramatic upsurge in violence against women across the country. Aliona Zubchenko, the spokeswoman for the Kyiv-based International Women’s Rights […]

Australia supports women’s empowerment in Vietnam

Australia supports women’s empowerment in Vietnam

Thao Vi – Thanh Nien News – Wednesday, 26 February 2014 (originally published 24 Feb) Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has announced three packages worth US$6 million to support women’s empowerment and economic reforms in Vietnam during her recent official visit. Following a meeting with the Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang and […]

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, […]

BALKANS: When Kosovo women avoid reporting domestic abuse

BALKANS: When Kosovo women avoid reporting domestic abuse

WNN MDG Stories (WNN) KOSOVO: Police in Kosovo register over 1,000 officially-reported episodes of domestic violence every year and four out of five victims are women. However, official data is just the tip of the iceberg – not many women dare denounce their aggressors. Data from the Kosovo Police’s Human Rights Department, shows there were […]

FBI Takes Major Step Toward Updating Narrow Definition Of Rape

FBI Takes Major Step Toward Updating Narrow Definition Of Rape

Amanda Terkel – Huffington Post – Thursday, 08 December 2011 (originally published 06 Dec) WASHINGTON — An FBI advisory board overwhelmingly voted to update the narrow, archaic way the agency defines rape on Tuesday, a move that women’s rights advocates hailed as a long-overdue success. Currently, the FBI defines rape as the “carnal knowledge of a female forcibly […]

‘Half of women’ tell of emotional violence

‘Half of women’ tell of emotional violence

Simon Collins – NzHerald – Friday, 18 November 2011 (originally published 14 Nov) A family violence expert is calling for a national discussion about relationships after finding that more than half of New Zealand women have suffered psychological and emotional violence from their partners. NZ Family Violence Clearinghouse co-director Dr Janet Fanslow found 51.5 per […]

Remembering the Courage of Bosnia’s Women

Remembering the Courage of Bosnia’s Women

Seida Saric – Huffington Post – Friday, 04 November 2011 (originally published 27 Oct) Nearly twenty years ago, the country I called home, Bosnia and Herzegovina, descended into a brutally violent and destructive war, one that shredded the fabric of our society and forever altered the lives of the survivors. For the women who lived […]