Survivors of sexual and gender-based violence suffer trauma that lasts long beyond medical crises.
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During epidemics, the measures taken to protect populations and to keep health systems afloat leave women and girls vulnerable to violence.
Kenyan women launched the #HerLifeMatters campaign in Nairobi in 2019 against femicide.
An international protocol to document and investigate sexual violence in conflict is falling short.
Rwandan peacekeepers in Mali in 2014.
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Interviews with Rwandan women from the military who had served on peacekeeping missions found many felt ill-equipped for what they had to deal with.
The Yazidis – targeted by Islamic State.
There is an urgent need for a binding convention for the prohibition of violence against women.
Yazidi children hold pictures of Nadia Murad, one of two winners of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, in Duhok, Iraq, Oct. 5, 2018.
With the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to two leaders who fight against sexual violence as a tool of war, we looked into our archive to find stories about those efforts across the globe.
Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege: campaigners against sexual violence against women.
The prize recognises that violence against women has become a weapon of war.
Congolese women march to government offices in the Bunia, Eastern DRC to mark International Women’s Day.
Women in the DRC are much more than victims of violence and coming together to effect change.
South Sudanese women queue to vote.
South Sudan’s chiefs wield real power, administering customary laws to resolve local disputes. But they often reinforce gender inequalities – could the new chief change this?
After colonisation, dispossession and decades of military violence, indigenous women in Guatemala are closing in on justice at last.
Iraqi federal police forces advancing on Hawija, October 2017.
Such children suffer unique challenges.
Sexual violence survivors need more than recognition of what they have suffered.
As foreign Islamic State fighters return home, there needs to be proper prosecution of sexual violence in armed conflict.
A UN peacekeeper keeps watch in a camp for displaced civilians in Juba, South Sudan.
The United Nations has had many chances to deal decisively with the endemic sexual and gender based violence against children in its missions. But the problem persists. What will it take to stop it?
Life in a refugee camp in Juba, South Sudan.
The violence and instability that wracks South Sudan is profoundly gendered.
Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo enters the court room of the ICC.
Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo has been convicted for crimes of sexual violence during war in the Central African Republic. It's a significant case, but not the historic victory it's been hailed as.
Yazidi women who fled the Iraqi town of Sinjar.
Domestic and sexual slavery are being used as weapons of war – and the victims are too often forgotten.
Victims of sexual violence in eastern Congo, 2007.
Even with the end of the war in central Africa, continuing instability in the region has triggered an epidemic of rape.
The recent revelations about the savage treatment of Yazidi women at the hands of Islamic State, or ISIS, fighters is the latest in a shocking set of disclosures regarding the group’s behavior. It sadly…
Some of the 700 women freed from Boko Haram.
Hundreds of women rescued from the Nigerian Islamist group are pregnant after being held in sexual slavery.
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Notorious: Mathieu Ngudjolo, who awaits the ICC’s latest verdict.
As the Democratic Republic of Congo seeks justice for one of its most notorious massacres, it's also preparing to engage Rwandan fighters once again.