Rape is a national emergency in Sierra Leone, President Julius Maada Bio declared last week; he outlined ambitious plans to stem the crisis.   Bio declared sex with a minor punishable by life imprisonment, ordered free health care for rape victims, created a special police…

19 suspects have been arrested in Uganda for allegedly aiding and abetting female genital mutilation, after local media reported that 400 women were attacked by armed gangs in the past month. Some of the victims are as young as 12, the Guardian reported. 

Eliminating violence against women means banishing the medically unnecessary, traumatic practice of of so-called “virginity testing,” the UN said in a statement at the World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics in Rio de Janeiro.

Two activists have been awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts “to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict,” the Nobel committee announced today. Yazidi human rights activist Nadia Murad shares the prize with Congolese gynecologist…

40 years ago in Peru, Victoria Villanueva helped found Manuela Ramos (named for “everywoman”) to lobby for reduced sexual violence and decriminalization of abortion in rape cases. But there are still around 3 rapes an hour in Peru—one of the worst in the region. The…

A lengthy backlog of rape kits in jurisdictions across the US are finally being tested. But that’s just the beginning.Until last year, no national requirements existed on what to do with rape kits, enabling a patchwork of approaches. Now the Justice Department recommends…

For some former girl soldiers in the DRC, the pain of transitioning back to their former lives sends them back to the armed groups, where sexual violence against girls is routine.  What the Girls Say, a new Child Soldiers International publication, reports that the girls,…

Syrian authorities systematically use rape and sexual violence to repress women perceived as opposition allies, reports journalist Marie Forestier. The results of her report for the London School of Economics’ Centre for Women, Peace and Security were based on 70 interviews…

Bad laws undermine the fight against rape and sexual violence, a new report by Equality Now charges.  

Despite the DRC’s claims that rapes have declined by 50% in 2 years, an investigation by The Guardian finds that the numbers have hardly changed.   According to UN data, incidents of gender-based violence have decreased from 19,937 in 2013 to 19,192 in 2015—a 4% drop—and…