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This woman is fighting to save Bangladesh’s oldest brothel

The light was still dim when Monowara Begum (pictured) shuffled into her sandals and began her morning patrol. With a slight wheeze, the 44-year-old paced the alleyways, scowling behind gold-rimmed glasses as she listened for…
Three people hold a framed photo and a lit candle

‘I’m scared every damn day’: In the Philippines, violence shadows trans lives

There is still no law against discrimination on the basis of gender in the Philippines, and, as a result, transgender people are subject to regular violence and abuse.
Photograph of a woman with her hand raised

‘Men’s Violence Will Outlive The Coronavirus’ — Push To End Global Spike In Abuse Against Women Amid the Pandemic

With half of the world’s population living under lockdown, millions of women around the world were trapped with an abusive partner.
A view of a woman carrying scrap metal on her head

Targeted for abuse: With borders closed, women fleeing Venezuela face additional threats

Colombia’s border closure due to COVID-19 left no safe way for Venezuelan migrants to cross the border, exposing more women to sexual abuse, kidnapping, trafficking and murder that is endemic along informal routes.

They Survived Intimate Partner Violence—Now They Can’t Vote Safely

Combined with the barriers to voting that Native Americans already encounter, those who are domestic violence survivors face unique obstacles to casting ballots.
Demonstrators in Manila holding a poster with 'Keep Pemberton in jail' written on it; more posters in the background.

He Killed a Transgender Woman in the Philippines. Why Was He Freed?

The pardon of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton by President Rodrigo Duterte is the final chapter in a case that reignited debate over old defense treaties.
A drawing of a woman in red on a yellow wall

“It’s Like a War Zone”: Anti-Trafficking Organizations Struggle Under COVID-19

It’s the early, pinkish hours of the morning, and Ruchira Gupta is already on the phone to a local farmer in Uttar Pradesh, India, working to persuade him to give her whatever potatoes and onions…
Ruth Khakame speaks on stage

Seeking a decent life for domestic workers

As the head of the National Domestic Workers Council of Kudheiha, a trade union that advocates for Kenyan workers’ rights, she is the first point of contact for women’s pleas across the country and beyond.
A woman wearing a pink pink sitting on the floor of a train station, another woman sleeps on the floor with two young children.

Public Comment Ends for Proposed Changes that Eliminate Gender-Based Asylum

Trump Administration’s proposed asylum changes could end protection for women and girls fleeing domestic violence. The public comment period ends today. As the United States was busy battling the invisible enemy of the coronavirus, the Trump…
A child survivor of sexual exploitation seen holding a yellow and blue volleyball

Filipino children abandoned to internet sex abusers during coronavirus

Online sexual exploitation of children in the Philippines has soared since COVID-19 began, while lockdown has robbed them of safe havens.
Women holding demonstration banners

America’s Guns Fuel Mexico’s Domestic Violence Epidemic

Lockdowns and an easy supply of weapons have been a fatal combination for Mexican women.
A Ugandan woman wearing a yellw dress, stands against a red backdrop at the door of her house

A Transport Ban in Uganda Means Women are Trapped at Home with Their Abusers

Seconds after Veronica opened her eyes in the hospital, she knew who had put her there. Her body ached; her head throbbed. The night before, the 25-year-old mother-of-five was busy buying medication for her children…
A young girl with her face hidden by curtains

The Pandemic’s Hidden Human Trafficking Crisis

For anyone familiar with the mechanisms and methods that drive trafficking, it’s obvious why rates of exploitation spike during international crises.
A young girl browses the internet on her phone; another young woman stands besides a stroller with a baby

Coronavirus Locks Down the Philippines, but Children Face Threat of Online Abuse

Wearing pajamas and a pair of plastic slip-on shoes, the 12-year-old girl crouched in a doorway and texted a friend to say she’d run away. It was raining, and the mud stuck to her flip-flops…
An abstract sketch showing a mother with a child; a man in the dark shadows.

For Abused Women, a Pandemic Lockdown Holds Dangers of Its Own

Early last week, as the novel coronavirus exploded from state to state, a woman called the National Domestic Violence Hotline in a crisis: Her partner had tried to strangle her and she needed medical help,…
Two women walk through a green garden in a university campus with their backs to the camera.

The Movement Tackling Sexual Harassment at Kenya’s Universities

Diana perched on a brown bench in one of Nairobi University's large lecture theatres, twisting her fingers into pretzel-like shapes. She scanned the room. To her left, students waited eagerly to hear her story. To…
A poster in a protest that says 'Fight Today For A Better Tomorrow'

Gender Activists in a March Dubbed Usawa Demand Action Against GBV, Youth Empowerment, Women Land Rights

The march dubbed Usawa kicked-off at Uhuru Park’s freedom corner to President’s Uhuru Kenyatta’s office at Harambee House, where they delivered a petition on gender equality.

Childhood Lost in Darkness

With weak protections against child marriage, Bangladesh has been named one of the most dangerous countries where girls can grow up in the world.
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