“I tried to climb onto a wall but a ‘red beret’ saw me and hit me with his truncheon while another one shot me in the legs. Three of them took me towards the toilets, dragging me along the ground. One of them raped me while another ‘red beret’ pointed his gun at my head....” … Continue reading #16 Days: The Arms Trade Treaty and 16 Days of Action to Prevent and Eliminate Gender-based Violence
There is so much in this year’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence theme that resonates for us in Canada today. A new national conversation on violence against women has been launched by Ghomeshi-gate. Whether or not it will be translated into concrete change remains to be seen, but at least issues are being … Continue reading #16Days: A Time to Challenge Militarism and End Gender-Based Violence – In Canada and Around the World!
It is the most powerful and advanced military organization in history, but it is failing hundreds of thousands within its own ranks. About half a million female soldiers in the US military have been raped, and military women in combat zones are now more likely to sexually assaulted by their fellow soldiers than killed by … Continue reading #16days: Film Screening & Panel Discussion of The Invisible War
On November 25, 1960, three of the Mirabal sisters - Patria, Minerva and Maria Teresa - were murdered. The sisters were political activists and held up as symbols of popular and feminist resistance to Rafael Trujillo's brutal dictatorship in the Dominican Republic. When the bodies of the sisters were found at the bottom of a … Continue reading #16Days: Taking Action Against Gender Violence
Members of an Iraqi family fleeing from Mosul seek shelter in primary school in the village of Alqosh. Photo credit: UNHCR / S. Baldwin, June 2014. In recent weeks, the situation in Iraq has rapidly deteriorated, with extremist militants known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) now controlling much of the north … Continue reading Iraq: A conflict waged on women’s bodies
Young girls in northern Uganda face incredible barriers attending school due to the conflict in the region. Photo Credit: Project Trust, October 2009. The following post was submitted to the WPSN-C by Angela Atim Lakor, a young woman and peace-builder from Northern Uganda who has been working in collaboration with our member organization, Children/Youth as … Continue reading Watye Ki Gen Joins Women in Solidarity in Northern Uganda
by Doris Buss The UK Government is throwing the largest, global party on ending conflict sexual violence in London, and the guest list is impressive with, according to the latest publicity, “113 countries, 70 ministers, and over 950 registered experts” in attendance, not to mention Angelina Jolie and other celebs. I’ve been thinking about parties … Continue reading P is for Preventing Conflict Sexual Violence…. Or is it?