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Coming to Terms with the “F Word”

| September 23, 2009

Military Coup Reverses Honduran Women’s Gains in Human Rights

Military Coup Reverses Honduran Women’s Gains in Human Rights

| August 28, 2009

In Honduras, the first military coup of the 21st Century is having a devastating effect on human rights, according to the author, a producer at FIRE (Feminist International Radio Endeavour), which was represented in an international delegation visiting the country this month. More »

“Imani” for Rape Survivors: A Nurse's Travels to Kenya

| August 13, 2009

As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton completes her trip to Africa, the author describes how nurses in one city torn by conflict are combatting violent crimes against women. More »

What Were Laura Ling and Euna Lee Looking For in North Korea?

What Were Laura Ling and Euna Lee Looking For in North Korea?

| August 10, 2009

The trafficking story is a dangerous pursuit—but without more information and world attention, tens of thousands of North Korean women and girls are caught up as victims with no place to turn. More »

Saving Afghan Women from the "Liberators"

| August 4, 2009

The Obama Administration acts as though George Bush abandoned Afghanistan for Iraq and, therefore, an infusion of troops and money will solve the country’s massive problems. But, argues the author, the international community is already engaged and intent on supporting Afghan women. Lasting change must come at the hands of Afghan women themselves—and Afghan men. More »

White House Focuses on Violence Against Women

White House Focuses on Violence Against Women

| July 9, 2009

Based on her past performance, advocates—including the author, who worked with her in New Mexico—have high expectations for Lynn Rosenthal, the new White House advisor. More »

The Death of Abeer in Iraq: One Former Soldier Is Sentenced—What of Those in Command?

The Death of Abeer in Iraq: One Former Soldier Is Sentenced—What of Those in Command?

| May 22, 2009

A civilian jury has deliberated long hours over the fate of a former Army private in the March 12, 2006 assault and murder of Abeer al-Janabi and her family. His guilt has been determined in federal court. The author argues that it is up to us as citizens to prevent future crimes and protect our soldiers. This is the second of a two-part report on the Paducah, Kentucky trial. More »

The Death of Abeer in Iraq—What We Know Now

The Death of Abeer in Iraq—What We Know Now

| May 19, 2009

Four U.S. soldiers have been tried and convicted in military court for the March 12, 2006 assault and murder of Abeer al-Janabi and her family. Now, in the federal court trial of the last man accused, former Pvt. 1st Class Steven Green, information has surfaced that explains more fully what happened that day. This is the first of a two-part report on the Paducah, Kentucky trial. More »

Reflections on the Observe and Report Date-Rape Controversy

Reflections on the Observe and Report Date-Rape Controversy

| April 27, 2009

In Iceland, Our Long-Sought Victory in Battling Human Trafficking

In Iceland, Our Long-Sought Victory in Battling Human Trafficking

| April 21, 2009

On April 17, the last day before Iceland’s parliament adjourned to prepare for elections on April 25, members passed a bill criminalizing the act of buying individuals for purposes of prostitution. Patterned on the Swedish law that addresses the demand fueling the commercial sex industry, the action was hailed as an historic moment in the international struggle against human trafficking. Via Equality Now, here is a dispatch describing the campaign from Gudrún Jónsdóttir, spokeswoman for Stigamot, a women's rights organization in Iceland. More »