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Let’s call it what it is. Femicide.

Let’s call it what it is. Femicide.

Why do we steer away from the term “femicide”? Is it because it seems like the word is removed from our own lives? Femicide is a crime of the domestic sphere, typically with an escalating pattern of violence and abuse. Research shows that power and control are almost always the impetus for violence. The struggle is entangled with the roles of women in society: cultural norms, expectations, stereotypes, misogyny, economic disparities, vulnerabilities.

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An Epidemic of Violence: Fighting to End Gender-Based Violence

An Epidemic of Violence: Fighting to End Gender-Based Violence

The prevalence of gender-based violence is mostly a result of systematic gender inequity, which silences the voices of women, girls, and other minorities, silences their experiences, and makes it easier to deny them their basic human rights. Read more about the 16 Days to End Gender Based Violence campaign that raises awareness of women’s human right to live free from violence.

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Sex Trafficking: A Shared Global Pain

Sex Trafficking: A Shared Global Pain

There are 35 million victims of human trafficking every single day internationally. Of those 35 million, 4.8 million are sex trafficking victims experiencing exploitation. Those who are extremely vulnerable to sexual exploitation are typically women and girls impacted by war and conflict, complex gender norms, and poor living situations.

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Alicia Wallace: Driving Change for Bahamian Women

Alicia Wallace: Driving Change for Bahamian Women

Alicia, with her team at Equality Bahamas and other like-minded organizations, looks for solutions to gender-based violence through three lenses – institutional, structural, and interpersonal. Systemic issues like capitalism, misogyny, racism, and patriarchy also must be considered.

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Advocate Scott Miller Helps Batterers Become Non-Violent

Advocate Scott Miller Helps Batterers Become Non-Violent

For 20 years, Scott Miller has listened to the excuses and justifications of domestic violence perpetrators. His job, as executive director of the Domestic Abuse Intervention Program in Duluth Minnesota, is to convince them that equality and non-violence is a better path.

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“I Am Unstoppable” – How An Afghan Student is Persevering for Her Education

“I Am Unstoppable” – How An Afghan Student is Persevering for Her Education

Madison Plemens-Schunk, a rising junior at the University of Minnesota and Spring/Summer intern for Global Rights for Women, was able to interview Farzana, a young woman from Afghanistan who fled to Turkey. Having finished her secondary education prior to the Taliban government, she is now uncertain of the future of her education, and the education of all girls in Afghanistan. However, she has not lost hope. 

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Abortion Rights and Survivor Justice

Abortion Rights and Survivor Justice

Having access to abortion allows women to heal from sexual assault. It relieves much worry and stress, and can put the woman in a mindset to begin emotionally healing. Criminalizing women’s healthcare is another example of systemic gender-based violence. Pregnancy is a method for abusers to maintain power over their victims. Not only have women become subject to the scrutiny of the government, but also the surveillance of those abusers that pose the greatest threat to their livelihoods.

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Depp-Heard verdict is a blow to all women

Depp-Heard verdict is a blow to all women

The verdict in Johnny Depp’s defamation trial against Amber Heard is a devastating blow to victims of violence and all women. Amber Heard has lost in one of the most publicized trials concerning domestic abuse that this country has ever seen.

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