Righting the Wrongs of Gender-Based Violence

Today is international Human Rights Day, and the final day of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. Each year on December 10, Human Rights Day commemorates the date on which the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal … Continue Reading

A Closer Look: How the U.S. National Action Plan Addresses Gender-Based Violence in Conflict

The United States National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace, and Security aims to make women equal partners in peace building and conflict prevention as well protect their rights during and after conflict. In light of the 16 Days of … Continue Reading

What Will It Take to End Gender-Based Violence in the “Rape Capital of the World”?

“The worst place in the world to be a woman.” “The rape capital of the world.” “A battleground for women’s bodies.” All of these phrases have been used over the years to describe the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a … Continue Reading

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Women and War: The Need for Comprehensive Post-Rape Care

“It has probably become more dangerous to be a woman than a soldier in armed conflict.”  ~ Major-General Patrick Cammaert, former commander of United Nations (U.N.) peacekeeping forces in the eastern Congo During the past two decades, the world has … Continue Reading

This V-Day is About More Than Flowers and Candy

Today is V-Day. Put away the candy hearts, I’m not talking about Valentine’s Day. This is a different V-Day. V-Day was created on Valentine’s Day in 1998, with a mission to end violence against women and girls worldwide. The United … Continue Reading

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