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Guatemala Sexual Slavery Verdict Shows Women’s Bodies Are Not Battlefields

Guatemala Sexual Slavery Verdict Shows Women’s Bodies Are Not Battlefields

The word muxuk refers to a woman who has been “desecrated”, a woman whose “social and spiritual world was destroyed and broken in all of the areas of her life”. In the Q’eqchi’ language there are four ways to refer to sexual violence, yet muxuk is the term Guatemalan women of the Sepur Zarco community […]

The Face Of Kenyan Protest: Boniface Mwangi On Corruption, Land Grabs And Women’s Rights

The Face Of Kenyan Protest: Boniface Mwangi On Corruption, Land Grabs And Women’s Rights

When I call up Boniface Mwangi for this interview, he sounds weary, “There is no one else?” he asks. Mwangi has had a rough start to 2016 having lost one of his closest friends, fellow activist and photographer James Quest to a hit and run. Mwangi, or Boni, as his close friends call him, started […]

Uganda rights group receives hundreds of complaints from women about vote

Uganda rights group receives hundreds of complaints from women about vote

KAMPALA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A control center set up in Uganda to monitor violence against women and other obstacles preventing women from voting in last week’s presidential election said it had received nearly 600 complaints. Delays to the opening of polls in the Feb. 18 vote was the main complaint received by the Women’s […]

Attorney general: Women will destroy Swazi chieftainship

Attorney general: Women will destroy Swazi chieftainship

While African Union chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was extolling the virtues of empowering women on the continent at the African Union summit in Ethiopia last month, Swaziland’s attorney general, Majahenkhaba Dlamini, was warning lawyers and judges at the official opening of the country’s high-court year about the threat posed to Swazi society by women’s ambition to […]

Gujarat village bans mobile phones for unmarried women

Gujarat village bans mobile phones for unmarried women

Prime Minister Narendra Modi may be promoting his Digital India drive across the world but a village in his native district of Mehsana in Gujarat has banned mobile phones for unmarried women. In a Khap panchayat-like diktat, Suraj village –100 km from the state’s financial capital of Ahmedabad – decided to fine women Rs 2,100 […]

Pakistani women risking all to fight for their rights

Pakistani women risking all to fight for their rights

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Kainat Soomro was 13 years old and on her way to buy a toy for her newborn niece when three men kidnapped her, held her for several days and repeatedly raped her. Eight years later, she is still battling for justice. She sits on a steel-framed bed in her parents’ three-bedroom […]

South Sudan: The deadly consequences of child marriage

South Sudan: The deadly consequences of child marriage

Nyal, Unity State, South Sudan – Elizabeth Nyanyot Diu was forced into marriage and motherhood when she was still a child. At 12, she was told she had to marry a 30-year-old man who beat her regularly. “At any time, whenever he wanted, he would cane me,” she remembers. Two years into their union, she became […]

Who can fund my women’s rights organizing?

Who can fund my women’s rights organizing?

Identify potential funders for your work! Women’s rights and feminist organizations are sparking powerful changes across the world, yet AWID’s Where is the Money for Women’s Rights (WITM) research consistently shows that women’s rights organizing is significantly underfunded. This donor list is one tool to bridge the information gap on funding sources and make it […]

Combatting illicit financial flows: Why we need a gender lens

The fact that between USD 500 and 800 billion are drained each year from developing countries to the global North through illicit financial flows (IFFs) points to a profound global governance crisis and systemic inequality as Oxfam demonstrates with figures in their new report released January 2016. It is also a question of gender justice. […]

Women freed from Boko Haram rejected for bringing ‘bad blood’ back home

Women freed from Boko Haram rejected for bringing ‘bad blood’ back home

Women and girls freed from Boko Haram face discrimination and rejection by their families and communities when they return home and need better support from the Nigerian government and NGOs, according to a new report. As the military gain ground from the Islamic militant group, more women and girls, who have been subjected to sexual […]