Posts tagged "violence against women"

Today Is “No More” Day: Take A Stand Against Violence Against Women

NO MORE. It is a simple, direct message representing a broad and pervasive issue. No more sexual assault. No more violence against women. Today, March 13 marks NO MORE day, a day to join the movement to stop domestic violence and sexual assault, and launch the organization's new symbol — a thick "O" of light…

By: Sarah Gray / March 13, 2013

Shot By The Taliban For Being A Feminist: Cartoonist Illustrates Malala’s Story

This is awesome: Australian cartoonist Gavin Aung Than has created a cartoon depicting the story of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who was shot in the head by the Taliban because she's a vocal activist on behalf of girls' education. It's short and sweet, but terrifying and touching. You can read the full cartoon o…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 11, 2013

Sir Patrick Stewart Calls On “One Million Men” To End Violence Against Women

"Every nine seconds in the United States a woman is assaulted or beaten. Every nine seconds. Violence against women is the single greatest human rights violation of our generation. This is a call to action—not an action that will make things better in six months' time or a year's time, but action that might save someone'…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 11, 2013

6 Things To Know About The UN’s Commission On The Status Of Women

March is Women's History Month, and this Friday is International Women's Day. (And March is  my birth month — so many reasons to celebrate!) Fitting then that this week  kicked off the start of the United Nation's Commission on the Status of Women:  10 days focused on promoting women's rights worldwide. What is this commission all…

By: Sarah Gray / March 7, 2013

Violence Against Women Act Might Actually Pass The House Of Representatives

Keep your fingers crossed: Politico is reporting that the Violence Against Women Act is expected to pass in the House of Representatives this week. VAWA was originally championed by then-Senator Joe Biden back in 1994 and gets renewed very six years. The bill allocates funds to help victims of rape and domestic violence, including money to proce…

By: Sarah Gray / February 27, 2013

Oscar Pistorius Denies Reeva Steenkamp’s Death Was Premeditated Murder

This morning, Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius faced his first bail hearing regarding the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and disputed the premeditated murder charge against him. The higher charge caries the most intense bail requirements of South African law, according to The Atlantic. Here's an update on where the case is at...

By: Sarah Gray / February 19, 2013

“One Billion Rising” Empowers Incarcerated Men & Women To Break The Cycle Of Violence

Aside from it being Valentine's Day, February 14 was also the day of the One Billion Rising campaign, which aims to end violence against women. Violence is cyclical, so it should be no surprise that many incarcerated women and men were also once victims of physical, emotional and sexual violence at some point in their…

By: Julie Gerstein / February 15, 2013

Oscar Pistorius Accused Of Premeditated Murder

Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius sobbed in court today as prosecutors accused him of planning to murder his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, 30, whom he allegedly shot four times yesterday morning in his home. Former girlfriends and mothers of ex-girlfriends have been weighing in with the press, painting a disconcerting picture of Pistorius. [Sky News, NYmag.com Daily

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 15, 2013

Bill Introduced To Help Military Sexual Assault Survivors Get Disability Benefits

Yesterday afternoon, two Democratic politicians introduced the Ruth Moore Act, a bill to support former service members who survived sexual assault in the military. Veterans Affairs has long rejected disability claims of military sexual trauma (MST) for troops who were raped by colleagues and now need assistance. According to the Service Women's Action Network, only…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 14, 2013

Oscar Pistorius & Reeva Steenkamp: 9 Things To Know About The Couple

Oscar Pistorious, 26, a Paralympian and Olympian and inspiration to athletes around the world, was arrested today — Valentine's Day — and charged with murdering his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp. Police responded to a 3 a.m. call about gunshots in Pistorius' upscale neighborhood of Silver Woods in Pretoria, South Africa, where Steenkamp, 30, was found…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 14, 2013

“One Billion Rising” Today To End Violence Against Women And Girls

If you're not into the commercial cutesiness of Valentine's Day, there's an alternate, empowering holiday to celebrate on February 14th: V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women and girls.  "The Vagina Monologues" playwright Eve Ensler created V-Day, which is celebrated each year on Valentine's Day as the play is staged around the world to raise

By: Sarah Gray / February 14, 2013

Good News: The Senate Passed The Violence Against Women Act (Again)

The Senate passed the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act by a wide majority of 78-22 yet again.  The measure first  passed in 1994 was up for reauthorization in 2012; however, in April 2012 the Senate passed a similar bill, which failed in the House of Representatives due to measures added to extend protectio…

By: Sarah Gray / February 12, 2013

Accused Witch Is Burned Alive

Nope, this is not a headline from Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692. People really did put to death a woman accused of being a witch in 2013. A town in Papua New Guinea, which is in the South Pacific Islands, publicly tortured and then murdered a 20-year-old woman by setting her on fire in a public…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 10, 2013

90 Women Murdered By Intimate Partners Or Family Members In The 8 Weeks Since The Newtown Massacre

The gun lobby says us ladies need guns to protect ourselves. But reporter Melissa Jeltsen at the Huffington Post paints a different picture: guns in the hands of abusive partners kill women. A lot of women. People who have been convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence or who have a DV restraining order against them can't…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 6, 2013

Indonesian Judge Says “In A Rape Case Both The Rapist And The Victim Enjoy It”

Well, here's an offensive and insensitive comment about rape victims that truly takes the cake. An Indonesian judge who is a candidate for the Indonesian Supreme Court was asked whether the death penalty was a fitting punishment for rape. Here is how Muhammad Daming Sanusi answered the question, according to CNN: "Consideration needs to be…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 16, 2013

Padma Lakshmi Responds To Gang Rapes In India

"I was saddened and I was sickened. I literally felt nauseous. I'm from India and while [the attack] didn't surprise me, it disgusted me ... And it reminded me, it brought back to me all of those feelings of when I was walking in Delhi. I used to ride the bus in India to school and

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 15, 2013

Military Continues To Address Sexual Assault Within The Armed Forces

A former soldier and military sexual assault survivor attended Friday's U.S. Commission On Civil Rights meeting to address sexual assault in the armed forces. Jen McClendon  said she is "cautiously optimistic" that the military will address widespread internal failures which blame the victims and protect the rapists. Presently, onely eight percent of reported military sexual…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 14, 2013

Another Woman Gang Raped On A Bus In India

Just weeks after the death of a 23-year-old woman named Jyoti Singh Pandey, who was brutally gang raped on a bus — assaulted with a metal rod which required the removal of her intestines — another woman has been gang raped in India. Police say a 29-year-old woman was gang raped on Friday night by…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 14, 2013

Indian Gang Rape Victim, 17, Commits Suicide

A 17-year-old girl in India committed suicide by drinking poison on Wednesday, following a gang rape by at least three men back in November. The teen named the three alleged rapists, who have since been arrested by police, in her suicide note and blamed them for causing her death. According to CNN, the girl wa…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 28, 2012

Anisa, A 10th Grader In Afghanistan, Murdered For Attending School

Anisa, a young Afghani Afghan woman who had just completed the 10th grade, was murdered outside her home on Sunday, hit by six or seven bullets in her stomach. She had already survived a previous assassination attempt one day prior — likely for being a young woman who dared to make a life for herself.

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 6, 2012
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