Blog Posts in Sexual and Gender Based Violence

Posted by Sasha Lezhnev on Mar 12, 2012
Kony 2012 - Global Post

In this op-ed for Global Post, I outline some steps people moved by "Kony 2012" can take to help end the Lord's Resistance Army.

Posted by Diamond Sharp on Mar 9, 2012
City of Joy graduation - V-Day

March marks the end of the annual V-Day season as the last local groups at colleges and community and religious centers perform their renditions of playwright and activist Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues. First performed nearly 15 years ago, the monologues were created through interviews with women around the world. Ensler compiled composite vignettes, which explore the lives of women. V-Day campaigns have grown out of the Vagina Monologues movement and serve as the activism center of the movement.

Posted by Tracy Fehr on Mar 8, 2012
Hillary Clinton at Heal Africa - AP

In honor of International Women’s Day it is important to take stock of the national and international mechanisms in support of gendered equality and women’s rights. The U.S. National Security Strategy notes that countries are more peaceful and prosperous when women are accorded full and equal rights, and therefore it is in our national interest to support and empower women throughout the world.

To this end, the Obama administration recently adopted the first U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security, officially integrating gender issues across government initiatives.

Posted by Richard Gaines on Mar 2, 2012

Activists from across the country descended upon the nation’s capitol this week to discuss and bring awareness to the raging conflicts in eastern Congo and Sudan. Jewish World Watch, or JWW, organized and hosted the two-day event “Hear Her Voicethat featured an advocacy training and meetings with legislators and foreign policy experts. It brought together Jewish, Congolese, and Sudanese activists and other allies in the fight against genocide to collectively bring a voice to the women affected by violence in eastern Congo and Sudan.

Posted by Annie Callaway on Mar 1, 2012

A recent U.N. report has for the first time explicitly named a number of armed groups and military forces around the world suspected to be the worst perpetrators of conflict-related sexual violence. The annual report, which was released in January, identifies extreme cases of sexual violence, provides examples of how sexual violence has threatened security and impeded peacebuilding in post-conflict situations, and makes strategic recommendations on how to prevent such offenses in the future.