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War Widows Turn to Sex Work in Sri Lanka

May 11, 2012

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By Feizal Samath At a makeshift school in northern Sri Lanka. Credit:Feizal Samath/IPS NGOs involved in development work – housing, livelihood development and infrastructure – are allowed in, while those that raise awareness on issues like peace, trauma or women’s rights are discouraged. “The moment you say you are from an NGO, there are issues,” […]

International women’s group begins mapping sexual violence in Syria

April 2, 2012

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By Al Arabiya with Agencies Sunday, 01 April 2012 The international group, Women’s Media Center, has begun to document acts of sexual violence in Syria in a bid to prosecute future human rights violations and crimes. (File photo) A women rights’ group is using new crowd-sourcing techniques to track rape and other sexual violence across […]

Sudan’s Nuba women “better-equipped” to cope with war than men

March 17, 2012

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10 Feb 2012 17:01Source: alertnet // Katie Nguyen The home of a Nuba tribe family is seen on the side of a mountain in Kadogli town in the South Kordofan state of Sudan June 14, 2010. REUTERS/Mohamed Nurdldin Abdallh By Katie Nguyen LONDON (AlertNet) – What do we know about women caught up in conflicts? […]

Even in a ‘woman’s world,’ gender doesn’t matter

March 4, 2012

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joseph nye MUNICH— From Saturday’s Globe and Mail Published Saturday, Mar. 03, 2012 2:00AM EST Would the world be more peaceful if women were in charge? A challenging new book by Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker says the answer is “yes.” In The Better Angels of Our Nature, Dr. Pinker presents data showing that violence, while […]

Wronged women of Liberia reluctant to revisit human rights abuses

February 28, 2012

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Having already testified to a government commission, victims of sexual violence eschew new process based on traditional justice Tamasin Ford guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 28 February 2012 A boy in front of a sign illustrating the reasons behind the creation of Liberia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Photograph: Rebecca Blackwell/AP The women sat on plastic chairs arranged in […]

Sexual violence against women is the result of the cult of masculinity

February 25, 2012

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A false image of manhood makes men act violently and risk their lives against their own interests as humans. It must be addressed Gloria Steinem and Lauren Wolfeguardian.co.uk, Friday 24 February 2012 ‘Neither in war zones nor in street gangs is rape primarily about sex.’ Photograph: David Sillitoe for the Guardian Gangs of young men […]

UN report on sexual violence during conflict singles out worst offenders

February 24, 2012

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Special Representative Margot Wallström presents the Secretary-General’s report on conflict-related sexual violence to the Security Council. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine 23 February 2012 – The annual United Nations report documenting conflict-related sexual violence around the world today for the first time names some of the military forces, militia and other armed groups that are suspected of […]

Women, Victims of War, Have No Seat at Negotiating Table

February 24, 2012

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By Thalif Deen For a long time, Zambian women’s participation in politics has ended at voting. Credit:Richard Mulonga/IPS UNITED NATIONS, Feb 23, 2012 (IPS) – When the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) held its inaugural meeting in London back in 1946, the U.S. delegate, Eleanor Roosevelt, read an open letter to “the […]

In Sudan, Seeing Echoes of Darfur

February 20, 2012

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By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOFPublished: February 18, 2012 A GREAT humanitarian catastrophe and vicious ethnic cleansing is unfolding here in the remote and impoverished region where Sudan and South Sudan come together. For some in the Nuba Mountains, living in thatch huts far from electricity or paved roads, the sharpest acquaintance they are making with 21st-century […]

Gender and conflict in Iraq

February 16, 2012

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By Mehrunisa Qayyum, February 15, 2012 “Violence emanates from the man, so we have to have projects that make him aware of this circumstance,” said Zainab Sadeq Jaffer, an Iraqi human rights attorney who presented at the US Institute for Peace Conference entitled “Women Fighting for Peace”. Others may argue that violence is not a […]

Gloria Steinem on Rape in War, Its Causes, and How to Stop It

February 8, 2012

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Feb 8 2012 A victim of a 2011 mass rape attack in the Democratic Republic of Congo poses for a photo, her identity concealed for security reasons / AP It doesn’t matter where you look; sexualized violence is intrinsic to conflict. Qaddafi’s soldiers committed rape in the last days of Libya’s regime. The Egyptian military […]

“More Than Opportunistic”: Rape as a Tool of War in Burma

February 2, 2012

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February 01, 2012 | Kristen Cordell News reports coming out of Burma and the border areas of Thailand detail increases in the number and severity of sexual assaults. We were in the country in late November, and the report we issued called attention to ongoing sexual and gender-based violence – and the complete lack of […]

“More Than Opportunistic”: Rape as a Tool of War in Burma

February 2, 2012

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February 01, 2012 | Kristen Cordell News reports coming out of Burma and the border areas of Thailand detail increases in the number and severity of sexual assaults. We were in the country in late November, and the report we issued called attention to ongoing sexual and gender-based violence – and the complete lack of […]

When men go to war, blame their sex drive: Males evolved to be ‘aggressive to outsiders’, says psychology study

January 23, 2012

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By Daily Mail Reporter23rd January 2012 From football thugs clashing on the terraces to soldiers killing each other on the front line, most conflict can be blamed on the male sex drive, a study suggests. The review of psychological research concludes that men evolved to be aggressive towards ‘outsiders’, a tendency at the root of […]

Male sex drive ‘to blame for world’s conflicts’

January 23, 2012

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The male sex drive is to blame for most of the world’s conflicts from football hooliganism to religious disputes and even world wars, according to scientists. Men are programmed to be aggressive towards anyone they view as an outsider Photo: REX FEATURES By Nick Collins, Science Correspondent6:30AM GMT 23 Jan 2012 The “male warrior” instinct […]

Guatemalans climb volcano in protest against domestic violence

January 23, 2012

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More than 600 women were murdered in the small Central American country last year Around 12,000 Guatemalans have climbed an extinct volcano in a protest against domestic violence. The activists formed what they hope was the world’s longest human chain all the way to the peak of the 3,765m (12,352 feet) Volcan de Agua. Among […]

Sri Lanka: The Scars Remain: Sexual Abuse In The North And East

January 15, 2012

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By Raisa Wickrematunge Picture Courtesy: http://www.aaminanizar.blogspot.com Going towards the arid North and East, it is a common sight to see women riding bicycles, cycling from village to town to get weekly food supplies. The less well-off women take the bus, and sometimes even hitch rides from passing trucks, as The Sunday Leader witnessed in Batticaloa […]

For Somali Women, Pain of Being a Spoil of War

December 31, 2011

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By JEFFREY GETTLEMANPublished: December 27, 2011 A rape victim in Mogadishu hid her identity. Aid workers say there has been a free-for-all of armed men preying upon women and girls displaced by famine. MOGADISHU, Somalia — The girl’s voice dropped to a hush as she remembered the bright, sunny afternoon when she stepped out of […]

For Somali Women, Pain of Being a Spoil of War

December 31, 2011

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By JEFFREY GETTLEMANPublished: December 27, 2011 A rape victim in Mogadishu hid her identity. Aid workers say there has been a free-for-all of armed men preying upon women and girls displaced by famine. MOGADISHU, Somalia — The girl’s voice dropped to a hush as she remembered the bright, sunny afternoon when she stepped out of […]

Exclusive: Women at the Front—Two Reporters Join a Sisterhood

September 8, 2011

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By Elayne Clift September 8, 2011 At danger spots in the Middle East and elsewhere, CNN reporters Sara Sidner and Arwa Damon lend their particular perspectives, in a tradition of war correspondents who happen to be women. Sara Sidner in Afghanistan; photo: CNN Night after night they reported “live” for CNN as the Libyan revolution […]

Exclusive: Women at the Front—Two Reporters Join a Sisterhood

September 8, 2011

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By Elayne Clift September 8, 2011 At danger spots in the Middle East and elsewhere, CNN reporters Sara Sidner and Arwa Damon lend their particular perspectives, in a tradition of war correspondents who happen to be women. Sara Sidner in Afghanistan; photo: CNN Night after night they reported “live” for CNN as the Libyan revolution […]

Bangladesh Rape Victims Say War Crimes Overlooked

September 7, 2011

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By Bijoyeta DasWeNews correspondentTuesday, September 6, 2011 Bangladesh is celebrating 40 years of independence, but two sisters who were both victimized by massive, brutal war-time rapes are in no mood to celebrate. They say their lives have been ruined and perpetrators have never been brought to justice. DHAKA, Bangladesh (WOMENSENEWS)–A dust-caked plaque says Laily Begum […]

Bangladesh Rape Victims Say War Crimes Overlooked

September 7, 2011

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By Bijoyeta DasWeNews correspondentTuesday, September 6, 2011 Bangladesh is celebrating 40 years of independence, but two sisters who were both victimized by massive, brutal war-time rapes are in no mood to celebrate. They say their lives have been ruined and perpetrators have never been brought to justice. DHAKA, Bangladesh (WOMENSENEWS)–A dust-caked plaque says Laily Begum […]

Libya’s Girl Executioners and Gun-Brandishing Newscasters

September 7, 2011

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September 6th, 2011 Tasnim Nisreen Mansour al Forgani, centre, with fellow Gaddafi female militia members. She is now under armed rebel guard in a Tripoli hospital. Picture: AFP Gender roles are nowhere more prominent than in war, as we see male political and military leaders taking the most visible roles in armed conflicts, promoting the tendency […]

Libya’s Girl Executioners and Gun-Brandishing Newscasters

September 7, 2011

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September 6th, 2011 Tasnim Nisreen Mansour al Forgani, centre, with fellow Gaddafi female militia members. She is now under armed rebel guard in a Tripoli hospital. Picture: AFP Gender roles are nowhere more prominent than in war, as we see male political and military leaders taking the most visible roles in armed conflicts, promoting the […]

Female Trafficking Soars in Iraq

August 28, 2011

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Al-Battaween, the red light street in Baghdad. Credit:Rebecca Murray/IPS. By Rebecca Murray BAGHDAD, Aug 27, 2011 (IPS) – Rania was 16 years old when officials raped her during Saddam Hussein’s 1991 crackdown in Iraq’s Shia south. “My bothers were sentenced to death, and the price to stop this was to offer my body,” she says. […]

Female Trafficking Soars in Iraq

August 28, 2011

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Al-Battaween, the red light street in Baghdad. Credit:Rebecca Murray/IPS. By Rebecca Murray BAGHDAD, Aug 27, 2011 (IPS) – Rania was 16 years old when officials raped her during Saddam Hussein’s 1991 crackdown in Iraq’s Shia south. “My bothers were sentenced to death, and the price to stop this was to offer my body,” she says. […]

Landmine and UXO risk education for women in eastern Sudan

August 19, 2011

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18 Aug 2011 14:40Source: member // MAG (Mines Advisory Group) Fawzia has overcome a number of challenges in eastern Sudan. [Photo: J.B. Russell / MAG] Fawzia Mahmoud Saeed is driven by a desire to help those most at risk from landmines and unexploded ordnance – and to contribute to a better future for women and […]

Landmine and UXO risk education for women in eastern Sudan

August 19, 2011

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18 Aug 2011 14:40Source: member // MAG (Mines Advisory Group) Fawzia has overcome a number of challenges in eastern Sudan. [Photo: J.B. Russell / MAG] Fawzia Mahmoud Saeed is driven by a desire to help those most at risk from landmines and unexploded ordnance – and to contribute to a better future for women and […]

DRC-UGANDA: Male sexual abuse survivors living on the margins

August 8, 2011

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02 Aug 2011 13:44Source: Content partner // IRIN KAMPALA, 2 August 2011 (IRIN) – Two brothers, Charles* and Jacques*, set off for Uganda in search of safety after the murder of their parents in January in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), only to be waylaid along the border by six men carrying machetes, sticks […]

DRC-UGANDA: Male sexual abuse survivors living on the margins

August 8, 2011

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02 Aug 2011 13:44Source: Content partner // IRIN KAMPALA, 2 August 2011 (IRIN) – Two brothers, Charles* and Jacques*, set off for Uganda in search of safety after the murder of their parents in January in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), only to be waylaid along the border by six men carrying machetes, sticks […]

DRC-UGANDA: Luzolo, "He abused me. The pain was awful"

August 8, 2011

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02 Aug 2011 13:44 Source: Content partner // IRIN KAMPALA, 2 August 2011 (IRIN) – Luzolo*, 27, from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has been living as a refugee in Kampala since 2009. While attempting to flee the conflict at home and seek refuge in Uganda, he was raped in a forest by armed men […]

DRC-UGANDA: Luzolo, "He abused me. The pain was awful"

August 8, 2011

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02 Aug 2011 13:44 Source: Content partner // IRIN KAMPALA, 2 August 2011 (IRIN) – Luzolo*, 27, from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has been living as a refugee in Kampala since 2009. While attempting to flee the conflict at home and seek refuge in Uganda, he was raped in a forest by armed men […]

Film Revisits Abuses by U.N. Peacekeepers in Bosnia

August 1, 2011

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By Denis Foynes UNITED NATIONS, Jul 31, 2011 (IPS) – “The Whistle Blower”, a feature film inspired by actual events that occurred in 1999, follows the story of Kathy Bolkovac (Academy Award-winner Rachel Weisz), a U.S. police officer who takes a job working as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia. She uncovers a dangerous reality of […]

Film Revisits Abuses by U.N. Peacekeepers in Bosnia

August 1, 2011

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By Denis Foynes UNITED NATIONS, Jul 31, 2011 (IPS) – “The Whistle Blower”, a feature film inspired by actual events that occurred in 1999, follows the story of Kathy Bolkovac (Academy Award-winner Rachel Weisz), a U.S. police officer who takes a job working as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia. She uncovers a dangerous reality of […]

Guatemalan war rape survivors: ‘We have no voice’

July 29, 2011

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More than 100,000 women were raped in the 36-year Guatemalan civil war. Despite violent retributions, they are now breaking their silence Ofelia de Pablo, Javier Zurita and Giles Tremlett guardian.co.uk, Thursday 28 July 2011 Victims Maria Castro, Jacinta Guarcas and María Toj. Photograph: Ofelia de Pablo & Javier Zurita “When the soldiers found me they […]

Rape in war: No more excuses

July 23, 2011

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by Marianne MollmannPublished in: Chicago TribuneJuly 22, 2011 Marianne Mollmann© Human Rights Watch “If Nyiramasuhuko’s conviction indeed contributes to overcoming the boys-will-be-boys nonsense, perhaps one long-lasting contribution of the case would be an end to the insulting notion that men just can’t control themselves.”Marianne Mollmann, women’s rights advocacy director at Human Rights Watch Last month, […]

Rape in war: No more excuses

July 23, 2011

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by Marianne MollmannPublished in: Chicago TribuneJuly 22, 2011 Marianne Mollmann© Human Rights Watch “If Nyiramasuhuko’s conviction indeed contributes to overcoming the boys-will-be-boys nonsense, perhaps one long-lasting contribution of the case would be an end to the insulting notion that men just can’t control themselves.”Marianne Mollmann, women’s rights advocacy director at Human Rights Watch Last month, […]

War Breeds Child Workers

July 5, 2011

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By Ashfaq Yusufzai Children look for a living in garbage in the FATA region. Credit:Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPS.Buy this picture PESHAWAR, Jul 5, 2011 (IPS) – He should be inside a classroom but instead Jawad Ali spends his days selling sandals on the sidewalks of Khyber Bazaar in the city of Peshawar in northwest Pakistan. “I want to […]