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Sudan: Teenager who killed husband who raped her appeals death penalty ruling

Lawyers for Noura Hussein, 19, have formally filed an appeal after Hussein was given the death sentence for killing her husband as he attempted to rape her, the Guardian reported last week. Hussein was forced to wed at age 16 to an older man selected by her father, but she escaped to her aunt’s house. However, after…

Outrage spills outside Kathua and Unnao Citizens across India continue to take to the streets demanding justice

There has been an outpouring of anguish and outrage as people from across the country are coming to terms with the chilling details of the Kathua rape and murder case. The brutality inflicted on the eight year old Bakarwal girl by key accused Sanji Ram, a retired revenue official, his son Vishal Jangotra and nephew (believed to…

Do you remember Kunan Poshpora? Ifrah Butt on Kashmiri Women's Resistance

February 23, 2018 marks the 27th anniversary of Kunan Poshpora mass gang rape case. Two contiguous villages from North Kashmir, Kunan and Poshpora, on that cold and dark night of February 23, 1991 allegedly experienced a massive sexual assault by a group of soldiers and officers of the 4th Rajputana Rifles regiment of Indian army. As many as…

Somaliland upper house approves law criminalising rape

According to a senior official, Somaliland approved its first law against rape, with alleged rapists now potentially having to face up to 20 years’ imprisonment, the Thomson Reuters Foundation reported. Somaliland’s upper house of parliament approved the bill in question on Saturday, April 7; it also criminalises sexual harassment, sex trafficking, and forced marriage. The lower…

Boko Haram releases many Nigerian schoolgirls who were abducted last month

Boko Haram militants on Wednesday, March 21, drove into Dapchi, Nigeria and released many schoolgirls whom they had abducted in February. According to residents of Dapchi, more than 100 girls were freed. The group did not explain why the girls were freed, and, according to Nigeria’s information minister Lai Mohammed, girls were freed thus far, and “No…

Militia fighters engage in mass rape in Central African Republic: MSF

French medical charity Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) has said that militia fighters abducted and raped a large number of women in a remote area of Central African Republic in February 2018. MSF said the women had left their village, Kiriwiri, to collect water and see to their fields, and were abducted by militia fighters and taken to…

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Commemorating Kashmiri Women’s Resistance The Kunan Poshpora story told through art born out of anguish

On the night of February 23, 1991, units of the Indian Army launched what was purportedly a massive ‘search and interrogation operation’ in the twin villages of Kunan and Poshpora in Kashmir’s Kupwara district. However, under the guise of flushing out terrorists and anti-social elements, the Indian Army allegedly committed several excesses against the people…

Increased risk of sexual violence towards women and children on Greek migrant hotspots

According to Cécile Pouilly, spokesperson for the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), the agency “received reports from 622 survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) on the Greek Aegean islands, out of which at least 28 per cent experienced SGBV after arriving in Greece.” Pouilly, at a Geneva press briefing, noted that UNHCR was “very concerned by reports…

Guatemala takes steps to combat child sexual abuse

The Thomson Reuters Foundation reported that, according to legislators and activists, a new national DNA database and sex offender registry should raise convictions of child sexual abuse in Guatemala. According to the country’s human rights ombudsman, ten cases of child sexual abuse are reported daily in Guatemala, and that perpetrators are frequently family members or friends. The…

Waging Wars on Women’s bodies Reflections from the Institutional Murder of Kunduli minor girl

If indeed the struggle of (wo)man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting, Adivasi, Dalit and Kashmiri women have been waging this battle for a dignified life for a long time. Yet, every time their marginalized identity, located in their socio-political and spatial context accompanied by a sheer absence of institutional support mechanisms,…

इस नए साल का डर से नहीं हिम्मत से स्वागत करें महिलाएं नए साल की पूर्व संध्या पर यौन उत्पीड़न या हमले के शिकार होने वाली महिलाओं के लिए आसान प्रावधान

नए साल की शाम अक्सर भारत में महिलाओं के लिए बुरी यादें छोड़ जाती है. हालांकि 2016 में बेंगलुरु में महिलाओं से हुई सामूहिक छेड़छाड़ अभी भी हमारी याददाश्त में ताजा है, मुंबई, जो शहर अपने अपेक्षाकृत सुरक्षित माहौल के लिए जाना जाता है, वहां भी ऐसी घटनाएं हुई थी. भारत में यौन उत्पीड़न और बलात्कार के…

Not a Damsel in Distress Community Resource: Tips for women facing sexual harassment or assault

*** This resource was first published on Dec 31, 2017 as a ready reckoner for women facing sexual harassment on New Year’s Eve New Year’s Eve often ends badly for women revelers in India. While the mass molestation of women in Bangalore in 2016 is still fresh in public memory, there have been similar incidents…

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