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Delhi Schools Offer Safe Space For Children To Speak Up About Sexual Abuse

Delhi Schools Offer Safe Space For Children To Speak Up About Sexual Abuse

In the cavernous assembly hall at Victor public school in the Delhi suburb of Shahdara, hundreds of pupils sit cross-legged on the floor to watch a story about seven-year-old Komal. Komal’s parents become friendly with a new neighbour. He treats her affectionately and her parents tell her to call him Bakshi Uncle. He gives her […]

Chemical Castration Of Sex Offenders In Turkey Condemned By Women’s Groups

Chemical Castration Of Sex Offenders In Turkey Condemned By Women’s Groups

Women’s rights groups, lawyers and doctors have condemned Turkey’s decision to introduce a mandatory chemical castration programme for convicted sex offenders, arguing the treatment does not address the underlying reasons for widespread violence against women, and that bodily punishment will instead lead to increased abuse. Özgül Kaptan, director of the Women’s Solidarity Foundation (Kadav), has […]

Women In Peru Protest Against Rising Tide Of Murder And Sexual Crime

Women In Peru Protest Against Rising Tide Of Murder And Sexual Crime

Women’s rights campaigners will take to the streets of Peru on Saturday to protest against sexual violence, in a move described by the country’s women’s minister as “a cry against impunity”. Organisers estimate that more than 50,000 people could take part in the march in the capital, Lima. Thousands more are expected to participate in […]

East Londoners Protest In Support Of Rape Survivors

East Londoners Protest In Support Of Rape Survivors

On Women’s Day, about 40 female students marched from Fort Hare campus down Oxford Street to challenge attitudes to rape, and to encourage survivors to report the rapes committed against them. Dozens of people also participated in a march by the Anglican Women’s Fellowship to the city’s magistrates’ court. They handed over a memorandum asking […]

‘I Begged Them To Kill Me Instead’: Women In South Sudan Raped Under Nose Of UN

‘I Begged Them To Kill Me Instead’: Women In South Sudan Raped Under Nose Of UN

It was just before noon on 18 July when the soldiers grabbed Theresa*. She was only metres away from safety, a short dash from the UN gate that marked the entrance to her home, a camp for internally displaced people in Juba, the South Sudanese capital. Even though they were in plain sight, the soldiers […]

Hissène Habré Ordered To Pay Millions For Crimes Against Humanity In Chad

Hissène Habré Ordered To Pay Millions For Crimes Against Humanity In Chad

The former dictator of Chad has been ordered to pay millions of dollars to victims of rape, torture and bereavement by a court in Senegal. Hissène Habré, who in May was convicted of crimes against humanity by the Extraordinary African Chambers, a court set up specifically to try him, must pay his victims up to […]

DRC Receives Better World Award for Progress in Addressing Sexual Violence

DRC Receives Better World Award for Progress in Addressing Sexual Violence

On June 22nd, Evariste Boshab, Deputy Prime Minister in Charge of the Interior and Security, hosted an event at the Fleuve Congo Hotel in Kinshasa on behalf of President Joseph Kabila, in honor of the Better World Award. The award was presented to the Office of the Personal Representative in Charge of the Fight against […]

Brazil Gang Rape: 7 charged In Attack On Teen.

Brazil Gang Rape: 7 charged In Attack On Teen.

Brazilian authorities charged seven people in the brutal gang rape of a teenage girl in a Rio de Janeiro slum, state media reported. The rape of the 16-year-old in a building on May 21 sparked outrage after a 38-second video emerged on Twitter . It showed the victim naked and unconscious while male voices bragged […]

ICC first conviction for acts of sexual violence

ICC first conviction for acts of sexual violence

Today, the International Criminal Court (ICC) unanimously convicted Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo (Bemba) as a military commander for two counts of crimes against humanity including murder and rape and three counts of war crimes including murder, rape and pillaging. Bemba was convicted in his capacity as President and Commander-in-Chief of the Mouvement de libération du Congo […]

Can Egyptian women start a revolution against sexual violence?

Can Egyptian women start a revolution against sexual violence?

In Tahrir Square, the center of the Egyptian revolution five years ago, women safely joined men to protest for a new future. But that moment soon ended; hundreds, even thousands of female protestors were sexually assaulted. In some cases, activists believe the government used violence as a political weapon. Special correspondent Nick Schifrin examines how […]