[violence] sexual violence

In a setback for women's rights in Pakistan, the ruling party in Islamabad has caved in to religious conservatives by dropping its plans to reform rape laws.
Mukhtar Mai was gang-raped on the orders of local elders in a neighbouring village. She was determined to bring them to justice and now writes an internet diary in Urdu, about her life and concerns as a woman from a remote village in southern Punjab.
The crisis in Darfur continues to take its toll on people's lives despite the intervention of the African Union's peacekeeping force.
There has been a massive increase in reported cases of sexual abuse in Iraq since the days of Saddam Hussein's regime, according to the Women's Rights Association (WRA), a local NGO.
Women lawmakers from across the globe on Sunday denounced rape and sexual violence during armed conflict especially in Sudan's volatile region of Darfur.
When it is important to celebrate women's existence & acknowledge their struggles and activism, it may also be worthwhile to look at how crimes against them are trivialized by traditionally & culturally reinforced notions of honour, rather than justice.
Officially portrayed as protective homes for women and girls 'vulnerable to engaging in moral misconduct,' these facilities are de facto prisons.
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Africa's first female president promised no rapist would go unpunished during her tenure.
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