What Lies Behind Turkey’s Withdrawal From the Istanbul Convention?

April 06, 2021

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a decree in the early hours of March 20 withdrawing Turkey from the Council of Europe treaty — dubbed the Istanbul Convention — on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. The convention sets comprehensive standards...

Violence Against Women in Mexico Rises

March 09, 2021

Home is not a safe space for many women around the world and coronavirus-era quarantines and lockdowns have increased the risk of gender-based violence. In Mexico, statistics reflect this reality and women additionally face the rising risk of becoming targets amid violent drug crime and the...

What Makes Women Such Easy Targets for Violence?

December 11, 2020

Last year, a report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimated that of the 87,000 women who were intentionally killed in 2017 around the world, more than half — 50,000 — were murdered by intimate partners or family members, mostly in their homes. According to official...

The Time to End Sex Discrimination

September 30, 2020

In human rights circles, there are few more important events than the annual opening of the new session of the United Nations General Assembly. Critically, the high-profile event brings together governments, UN agencies and civil society actors, fostering cross-sector collaboration and providing...

Violence Against Women Is an Assault on Human Rights

December 16, 2019

Meena (name changed), a 26-year-old woman from Pune, India, has been receiving assistance from the Family Planning Association. One day, she rushed to the clinic in tears, desperately hoping for some help. Meena continued to cry as the counselor screened her for signs of domestic violence. She...

Electoral Violence against Women Hinders Democracy Worldwide

October 31, 2018

Both female voters and politicians have experienced increased harassment, violence and psychological abuse in elections around the world. Despite recent success in Tunisia, which elected the capital’s first female mayor in July, many women around the world continue to experience significant...

Dr. Ford Made Me Cry Too

October 03, 2018

The #MeToo movement can become extremely viable and valuable if it can blossom into a movement for the legal, social and economic gender equality that is long overdue. Sorting out the ramifications of what has become known as the #MeToo movement has become daily fare for those who make a living...

The #MeToo Movement Goes Global

September 28, 2018

The US isn't the only country where women are lining up to burn down the (frat) house. The famous tenor Enrico Caruso went on trial in 1906 for an incident at the Monkey House in Central Park. He was accused of the indecent assault of 30-year-old Hannah Graham. Caruso in turn accused one of the...

Unpacking Russia’s Domestic Violence Decriminalization

March 09, 2017

In South Asia, Violence Against Women is On the Rise

January 09, 2017

Violence against women in South Asia has become so common and normalized that, instead of decreasing, it is on the rise.  A few days ago, I encountered a situation where one of my friends commented on how women’s working abilities are less than those of men. I responded to him about how...

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