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Media Coverage for Women Under Siege Project’s Crowdmap of Sexual Violence in Syria

| March 30, 2012

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Check out some of the media coverage for Women Under Siege Project's new Crowdmap feature for sexual violence in Syria. 

Now Lebanon: Rape as a weapon in Syria

4/20/12: "According to WUS Director Lauren Wolfe, sexual crimes are often reported months, years or even decades after the incident, which makes it difficult to provide evidence. Wolfe expressed the hope that the association will be able to record these aggressions in order to shed light on this aspect of the humanitarian crisis in Syria."

MashableAre Online Tools the Future of Disaster Relief?

4/16/12: "With its free software, Crowdmap.com, anybody, anywhere can start crowd-sourcing information onto a map today. It’s how Women Under Siege Syria currently maps the region’s sexual violence during Syria’s ongoing conflict."

The Wayward RoseCrowd Sourcing Rape in Syria’s Uprising

4/8/12: "The Women Under Siege project, which stems from the Women’s Media Center organization, recently launched a new initiative to document rape in Syria’s latest uprising. Covering Syria is part of the project’s aim to report on rape and other forms of sexualized violence in the conflict."

RH Reality CheckGlobal Roundup: Teen Pregnancy Rising in Guatemala; Canada Legalizes Brothels

4/12/12: "How do you even begin to insert women’s rights and agencies into the discussion of rape when that very discussion takes for granted that women are nothing but a object for men’s use? Via Women Under Siege and PBS."

The Jerusalem Post via Reuters: New tool helps US group track sex crimes in Syria

4/6/12: "A US women's group is using new crowd-sourcing techniques to track rape and other sexual violence across Syria in one of the first efforts to monitor assaults against women during military conflict in real-time."

SF GateSyrian Expatriates Organization Outraged by the Growing Number Reports of Alleged Rape Cases by Assad Military Personnel Targeting Women in Syria

4/5/12: "A pioneer project called, Women Under Siege, a Women Media Center project that documents rape and other forms of sexual violence as a weapon of war, launched a crowd-sourced initiative to map instances of rape in Syria."

Free Speech Radio NewsEffort to document sexual violence in Syria uses online tools to gather evidence (audio)

4/5/12: "But a new project is aiming to document the violence in Syria, by drawing on individual accounts and testimony about sexual attacks. For more, we’re joined by Lauren Wolfe, she’s Director from Women Under Siege, a project from the Women’s Media Center. She joins us from New York."

Nonprofit QuarterlyCrowd-Map Tracks Sexual Violence in Syria

4/5/12: "The Women’s Media Center project has launched an online initiative to track sexual violence in Syria."

RH Reality CheckGlobal Roundup: Victory for Aung San Suu Kyi; Tracking Real-Time Rape in Syria

4/4/12: "Just two months after launching, the women’s rights watch dog Women Under Siege, unveiled an innovative and interactive effort to combat rape in real-time."

The Take AwayCrowdsourcing Sexual Violence Data in Syria (audio)

4/4/12: "In the ongoing reporting of the Syrian uprising, there has been little information about the violence committed against women. Using a creative web based tool, our guest hopes to fix that. Lauren Wolfe is the director of Women Under Siege, a Women's Media Center project that has co-created a site to crowd-source data of violence against women on a live, web-based map that shows where violence is most prevalent."

UshahidiWhat’s new – Ushahidi Weekly

March 26 – April 3, 2012: "The Women’s Media Center launched their map Women under Siege. This team has done a phenomenal amount of outreach for the project. It is a good use case for other deployers to model."

Yemen FoxInternational women’s group begins mapping sexual violence in Syria

4/2/12: "The effort by the Women’s Media Center aims to shed light on such assaults and provide possible evidence to prosecute future human rights violations and war crimes. The group launched its website on Wednesday and said it was working with multiple Syrian activists whom it did not identify."

Women Living Under Muslim Laws: Syria: 'Imam tells rape victims they deserved to be honoured'

4/2/12: "Women Under Siege, a Women’s Media Center project that documents rape and other forms of sexual violence as a weapon of war, launched acrowd-sourced initiative today to map instances of rape in Syria."

Al Arabiya NewsInternational women’s group begins mapping sexual violence in Syria

4/1/12: "The effort by the Women’s Media Center aims to shed light on such assaults and provide possible evidence to prosecute future human rights violations and war crimes. The group launched its website on Wednesday and said it was working with multiple Syrian activists whom it did not identify."

Mother JonesNew Map Helps Women Track Down Rapists in Syria

3/31/12: "Earlier this week, the US advocacy group Women Under Siege launched an open-source crowdmapping site that tracks incidents of sexual violence in the ongoing conflict. Since the anti-regime uprising began a year ago, rape has been a common tactic used by Syrian forces against the opposition. But sexual violence in Syria largely remains an underreported topic, and the project—funded by the New York-based Women's Media Center—hopes to change that."

NewScientistSyrian crowdmapping project documents reports of rape

3/30/12: "Women Under Siege is also working both with refugee groups on the ground in neighbouring Lebanon and Turkey, as well Syrian activists who live abroad, to help collate the stories from their friends and relatives and bring them to the wider public."

The Jewish Press: Gloria Steinem, Women Under Siege, Documenting Sex Crimes in Syria in Real Time

3/29/12: "A Women’s Media Center initiative, Women Under Siege is documenting and advocating against sexualized violence in conflict. Spearheaded by Gloria Steinem, this initiative explores historical evidence that sexualized violence occurred in wars from the Holocaust to the present day."

The Washington PostSyrian uprising: Imam tells rape victims they deserve to be honored

3/28/12: "Women Under Siege, a Women’s Media Center project that documents rape and other forms of sexual violence as a weapon of war, launched a crowd-sourced initiative today to map instances of rape in Syria."

The New York Times via ReutersNew Tool Helps U.S. Group Track Sex Crimes in Syria

3/28/12: "The effort by the Women's Media Center aims to shed light on such assaults and provide possible evidence to prosecute future human rights violations and war crimes. The group launched its website on Wednesday and said it was working with multiple Syrian activists whom it did not identify."

International Women's Media FoundationSexual Attacks in Syria Mapped by Women's Media Center Using Crowdsourcing

3/28/12: "Under the 'Women Under Siege' project, the center is using Ushahidi’s crowdsourcing technology to collect reports of sexual assaults in Syria. Working with refugee communities on the border, the project is gathering anonymous stories from survivors, witnesses, doctors and human rights workers about all degrees of sexual assault."

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