Stories: Sexual Violence

  • Make Women Matter

    She would never tell her family. They could never know. I was amazed that the young woman was brave enough to tell her story at all. With a teary smile she explained that she was telling us because she was just so happy that her life was not over as feared. She was just so relieved to have found...

  • Sex Workers Are Excited for the World Cup Because They Think It Will Make Them Rich

    Gabriela Jancart came to Recife five years ago from the nearby, rural town of Palmares in search of work to support her mother. Her high-school education might have landed her a job in a shop or hotel, if not for one problem: Jancart is transsexual, and she faces prejudice almost everywhere she goes. “Some people throw rocks and...

  • A Culture of Violence

    In the South Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea, one of the world’s most violent places, nearly every woman has experienced some form of domestic abuse. Carey Wagner reported from Papua New Guinea as a fellow with the International Reporting Project (IRP).

  • “Every Woman Has Basic Human Rights”

    Earlier this year I chaired a panel with Joan Smith, Baroness Helena Kennedyand the novelist Kishwar Desai. We were discussing male sexual violence in India, following the worldwide protests about the rape, torture and murder of a young woman in Delhi. The event, at The Nehru Centre in London, was held to launch Desai's latest novel...

  • The Shock of Armour

    Over the last year, rape has been discussed more than before and behold! It is the dawn of a new age—of marketing. Not the police or the judiciary or the government, the ones quickest to action have been the product gurus, the advertisers. From TV commercials exhorting men to be "soldiers" who will protect us to companies designing...

  • Teaching Our Boys

    Last week, sexual violence was at the top of our minds. Even as the four men convicted in the Delhi gang-rape case awaited their sentence, the UN released a report that said one in four men in the Asia-Pacific region had admitted to raping a woman once in their lives. If the statistics were horrifying, the reasons even more so:...

  • Accelerating Commitment and Action to Tackle Issues Affecting Women and Girls in Africa

    The President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, while giving her remark during the first day of the #GlobalPower Women Network had recommended that women every where take up the responsibility of ensuring the achievement of goals set to accelerate actions on issues affecting women and girls. Gender Inequality as driver of HIV The second day of the High Level Meeting...

  • Syrian Exodus: Health, Help, Hypocrisy

    Trigger warning: This feature contains links to reports on and testimonies of sexual violence. A humanitarian crisis has many layers and many consequences. Each violent rupture aggravates the inequalities that existed there before, creating new divisions which tear societies apart and cause trauma which affects the generations that follow. Each new phase of civil war drains essential resources and weakens...

  • Facing the Beast

    Since the gang-rape in Delhi, media reportage on sexual violence has increased and yes, this is necessary and long overdue. But more coverage is not always better coverage. An endless parade of news items on rape can have a desensitising effect unless accompanied by contextualisation and analysis. It makes sense then to examine how the issue is being covered by...

  • Stating the Obvious

    The light hung low, the air was pleasant, the bottles at the bar counter of Mumbai’s Press Club gleamed warmly on that winter evening as we talked about women, rape, fear, sex at an event called Voices Against Violence organised by poets Menka Shivdasani and Anju Makhija. It was interesting to see the variety of perspectives, the intriguing...