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Iraq is Tempting Fate By Punishing Women

The country isn’t just flouting international law by collectively punishing the wives of Islamic State fighters—it’s inviting a return to war.

Justice for Survivors of ISIS: The Plight of Yazidi Women

ISIS fighters committed genocide and rape against members of Iraq’s minority Yazidi faith, but here we ask, did Yazidi women suffer the most? And why has no ISIS member been prosecuted for these crimes? The…

Don’t Let the Battle Over Kavanaugh Overshadow the Nobel Peace Prize’s Recognition of Sexual Violence

  There’s a certain irony that the Nobel Peace Prize—given Friday to those working to raise awareness of sexual violence in conflict—may well have been overshadowed by news of the confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court…

Dangers of Being an Afghan Woman in Uniform

  Two dozen Afghan women in their early 20s, dressed in camouflage uniforms, trudge through prickly thistle plants under a nearly full moon. No one dares speak, the silence broken only by too-big army-issued boots…

The Truth About the Wives of ISIS

Now that the Islamic State has lost its militant grip on Iraq, what will become of the women being punished for their husbands’ crimes? Late at night, when the wind whips between the rows of…

‘I’m Too Tired To Cry’: The Laotian Girls Who Are Kidnapped To Become Child Brides

‘I didn’t want this for my daughters. I wanted them to have a future’ It was just after 4 a.m. when Pa Hua discovered that her smiley, bookish daughter, Yami, was missing – her schoolbag…

They left sub-Saharan Africa for the promise of Europe. Now they face an uncertain future.

  ‘I will face Europe and see for myself’ TARIFA, Spain — Mercy lay motionless on the bed, afraid to move as the stranger pulled up his trousers and refastened his belt. Even after he…

Dispatch From Jaipur: ELLE Embeds With India’s Female Motorbike Police

  Behind-the-scenes of our latest The Warriors story, in collaboration with The Fuller Project. Sitting on the back of police motorcycles, we held onto the thin-framed women steering in front of us as we zoomed…

The Café Run Entirely By Acid Attack Survivors

In Agra, a stone’s throw from the Taj Mahal, a group of women are refusing to hide. 31-year-old Raukaiya is holding a tiny compact mirror up to her face. With shiny hair pulled back into…

One Year Ago, Tunisia Passed A Groundbreaking Law To Protect Women. Has It Worked?

  In the 1990s, Ahlem Behladj learned to brave being hassled each day by the police officers that hung around outside the women’s shelter in downtown Tunis. This was during the 23-year-long dictatorship of Zine…

Rebels With A Cause: The All Female Motorbike Squads Tackling India’s Rape Problem

  A woman is raped every 13 minutes in India. As the situation reaches desperate proportions, one police commissioner thinks there might be an answer. In the city of Jaipur, Rajasthan, a new, all-female police…

Colombia Was Just Starting To Deliver Justice To Women. Will A New President Get In The Way?

  With the election of a new president Sunday, Colombia threw the future of its peace deal into uncertainty. Conservative candidate Ivan Duque has repeatedly pledged to roll back parts of the landmark 2016 peace…

The War on Drugs Failed. It’s Time for a War on Abuse.

Two days before she was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head on May 3 of this year, Anako Lumumba told police that her ex-boyfriend was stalking and threatening her. This wasn’t the…

Welcome To Puntland: Where Many Men Don’t Consider Rape A Crime

  Every morning, 28-year-old Officer Shamis Abdi Bile rises before dawn to make breakfast for her three young children. She bustles around the house, taking part in a few of the traditional tenets homemaking, something…

Domestic Abusers: Dangerous for Women — and Lethal for Cops

  Linda Pope faced a flood of red and blue lights as she arrived at the hospital on the night her husband was killed. Cincinnati Police Officer Daniel Pope had been shot in the head…

A Lethal Combination

The names Nikolas Cruz, Devin Kelley, Omar Mateen, Stephen Paddock and Adam Lanza invoke the terror of the U.S.’ seemingly innumerable mass shootings. These rampages—in places like schools, churches, nightclubs and concerts—have rattled the nation…

Trolling The Patriarchy With Photos Of Battered Women – One Woman’s Quest To Change Russia’s Domestic Violence Laws

  ‘The punishment for beating your wife now feels like paying a parking ticket’ – Alena Popova MOSCOW – For Russian women’s rights activist Alena Popova, battling the patriarchy is a full-time job. The 35-year-old…

Russia’s Disappearing Women

  New legislation in Russia means that men can avoid criminal prosecution for domestic violence. As the death toll rises to a reported one every forty minutes, how do we stop countless women from vanishing…
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