More than 50 women say they suffered sexual abuse by aid workers during Congo’s Ebola crisis, a joint 

COVID-19 lockdowns have posed a difficult dilemma for rape crisis centers.   When lockdowns began in Lagos, Women at Risk International Foundation initially closed its doors. But its 24-hour helpline saw a 64% rise in calls from victims forced to quarantine with their…

One of the many horrors inflicted on the Rohingya people by soldiers from Burma (Myanmar) isn’t talked about: Male rape. Widespread sexual violence against women and girls has been documented in the genocide that drove more than 700,000 Rohingya from the country beginning…

War-weary South Sudanese women trying to reach Uganda’s refugee camps often faced a second wave of attacks along the way—sexual violence. Rape has been a defining part of the civil war that has collapsed South Sudan, writes Pulitzer Center fellow Amanda Sperber, driving…

Boys as young as 10 are entering the illegal gay sex trade to survive in cash-strapped Zimbabwe. Decades of corruption economically marred the country, which has recently been further crippled by Cyclone Idai. Now, the Social Welfare Department estimates some 4,700…

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…

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…