In the transition to democracy in South Africa the promise of a more gender-equal society has struggled to gain traction.
South Africa has one of the worst records of violence against women in the world. But not all women in the country seem to want to change this.
Congolese women in the eastern town of Bunia. Even in conflict zones women are more likely to face violence in their homes than outside.
Shocking new findings show that even in conflict-affected countries where soldiers and rebel fighters are a daily danger to women, their husbands and boyfriends are the bigger threat.
Due to a fear of being harassed or assaulted, many women go out of their way to avoid travelling through parts of the city where sexual entertainment venues are concentrated.
Despite the rise of feminism, strip clubs and other ‘sexual entertainment’ businesses have proliferated in our cities. And women are feeling the harmful impacts of the industry’s presence.
Protestors in New Delhi hold a vigil after a woman was raped in February.
A personal account by a researcher investigating the root cause of sexual violence against women in India.
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The lack of openness and discussion about sexual assault and harassment within the Armed Forces is damaging UK soldiers and its military.
David Tennant and Olivia Colman (foreground) and Julie Hesmondhalgh.
The series did much to address the problems that crop up with portrayals of sexual crimes on television.
Are you feelin’ it?
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Some deride a Carnival trend in which women revel in the streets wearing swimsuits and feather boas. But to feminists, ‘bikini mas’ is a highly political act.
Slaves’ stories are not commonly known. But historical archives hold a clue to individual lives.
It is possible to trace the links between patriarchy, violence, gender roles, and the state further into the past. It’s also possible to trace the ongoing resistance to these by some women.
Young people who had sexually abused others said if they had received more help managing pornography, then they would have been less likely to develop the abusive behaviour.
Pornography is having negative impacts on children and young people. And increased sexual violence among children is only the tip of the iceberg.
Traditional policy responses are struggling to keep pace with new threats posed by new technologies.
How real is the threat of pornography? And what are the most appropriate responses?
Indonesia recently introduced forced chemical castration for perpetrators of sexual abuse against children. Last week Australian Robert Ellis (centre) was sentenced to 15 years in prison for sexually abusing girls in Bali.
Indonesia’s decision to allow forced chemical castration as punishment for those who sexually abuse children is controversial.
Karena Virginia, right, accuses Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump of inappropriate sexual conduct.
Making sexual assault seem normal or like no big deal can have profound effects on millions of victims.
The International Criminal Court at The Hague.
More needs to be done to protect women against sexual violence perpetrated in war.
Half of female university students say they have been sexually harassed on nights out.
‘Laddish’ behaviour at university can’t easily be challenged without understanding the origins of harassment and abuse in schools.
Some teachers are often dismissive in their handling of sexual abuse, labelling it as ‘a bit of fun’ or repeating the old adage ‘it’s because he likes you’.
Germans have been protesting against rape laws for years.
German criminal law has not recognised rape unless the victim physically resists the attack. But a high-profile trial could be about to change that.
How safe are campuses for grad students?
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Researchers found over a third of female graduate students and a fifth of male graduate students on the campus of a large public university had experienced sexual harassment.
Masked sex workers lead a march to mark International Sex Workers’ Rights Day.
Sex workers in South Africa are all potential criminals due to the country’s regressive laws. But their status may change soon, making South Africa the first African country to decriminalise sex work.
A deep-seated and sustained anger against sexual violence is emerging in South Africa.
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Anti-rape protests at a South African university have far bigger implications for the country’s ongoing fight against rape culture and patriarchal gender norms.
University campuses are a hotbed of rape culture.
University campuses are prime locations for rape culture. What can be done about this reality?