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

Security and Governance, U.S. Foreign Assistance

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

Family Planning, Featured, Maternal Health

Remembering Rwanda How 20 Years has Changed the Conversation About Sexual Violence in Conflict

Twenty years ago today, violence erupted in the Rwandan capital of Kigali—the start of one of the most massive, brutal genocides in recent history. The violence was sparked by the death of President Juvenal Habyarimana, whose plane had been shot … Continue Reading

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