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El Salvador Kills Women as the U.S. Shrugs

Washington helped start an epidemic of violence against women in Central America. Now it’s washing its hands of the problem.

Do Traffickers Kidnap Their Victims? The Myths and Realities of Human Trafficking

The stories persist, from the president of the United States to posts on neighborhood watch groups. Women are “tied up, they’re bound, duct tape put around their faces,” said President Donald Trump. In Montgomery, a woman…

In Mosques Across Morocco, Women are Leading a Quiet Revolution

Not long ago, a woman confided a terrible secret to Zineb Hidra. Her husband, she whispered, was an alcoholic. He spent the young family’s money on liquor, and beat her when he was drunk. One…

‘Men Kill Women Because They Can’: Inside El Salvador’s Devastating Femicide Crisis

Yessenia Juárez and her daughter, Jocelyn, were extremely close. Even if only via a WhatsApp message fired off at lunch, the pair spoke every day. So when, on the morning of Thursday 5th July, Yessenia…

In Afghanistan, Where Breast Cancer is a Death Sentence, Women Fight to Save Lives

  There is no radiation or readily available chemotherapy for women who have breast cancer in Afghanistan. Yet a pair of sisters are fighting to save women in the country’s only oncology ward. Sherbano gripped…

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…

Botched Sterilisation Surgeries are Killing Indian Women. One Women Wants to Save Them

In a country where condoms, birth control pills and IUDs are hugely unpopular, and even taboo, many women turn to sterilisation – often in unsanitary and dangerous conditions. It’s costing them their lives. Devika Biswas…

From Prison To Periods: Meet The Men Fighting Menstruation Taboos

  Joshua Omanya arrives at Soweto Baptist school in Kibera to hold a training session. In 2005, Joshua Omanya was sentenced to death. A self-confessed ‘bad boy’, he grew up in Kibera, the largest slum…

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…

The Bangladesh brothels where men pay child brides for sex – while police look the other way

Sex work is legal in Bangladesh. So is child marriage. Now in an exclusive investigation, The Telegraph can reveal the two have become intrinsically linked. There’s a circular bruise blossoming on the right hand side of…

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…
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