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(VIDEO) The Predictable Disaster: Post Earthquake, Widespread Rape in Haiti Goes Unaddressed

After January’s earthquake, Haitian women are still fighting for their own lives and those of their children. But they are now experiencing high–and predictable–rates of rape and gender-based violence.  Why is so little being done?

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Sexual Harassment and Sexual Abuse: Why Do So Many So Often Respond with Silence?

Denial.  I know.  It’s not just a river in Egypt.  But it is, it appears, as wide and deep as an ocean, especially when it comes to sexual harassment and sexual abuse. 

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Peacekeepers Rape Haitian Girls: Lions, Sheep and Protection

It is Haiti, it is rape, it is UN peacekeepers and it is nothing new. What do you do when the rescuer is the aggressor?

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Today is the Transgender Day of Remembrance

I’m a transgendered sex worker, and I want to not get killed for who I am or what I do. As our death count rises, I beg that you consider your prejudices around gender, and let us live in peace. I’m literally begging for my life.

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Roman Polanski: Justice Needs To Be Served

Why is it that we “pardon” or overlook some individuals for their crimes? Many others before him have fled their sentences but eventually served their time. So why do some think he’s above the law?

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The NYT Issue on Women: A Critique from South Africa

The Kristof-WuDunn article lacks perspective on the underlying political and culture factors that fuel violence against women and HIV. Instead of painting men only as perpetrators, research and journalism need to critically engage gender issues.

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Pam Spaulding: Arizona Pastor Calls for Violence Against Gays, Congressman, President

Pam Spaulding of Pam’s House Blend reports on an Arizona Pastor who spews hatred toward–and even calls for killing of citizens, congressman and the president–from his pulpit, all while taking those nice tax exemptions.

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The World According to O’Reilly: If You Got It, You Were Asking for It

The reason that people blame Rihanna or any victim of a gender-based hate crime is that the supposed protection of the patriarchy is only extended to good girls.

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An Open Letter to Chris Brown and Rihanna

Please know that I recognize the need for privacy during a time of tragedy and attempted healing. But I ask that you consider how this might be a teaching moment that recognizes the sacredness of women and girls’ lives.

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Call For Justice, Health For Swazi Women

Arrested in 2001 for killing over 40 women and children in Swaziland, David Simelane has not been brought to trial. Women in Swaziland are particularly vulnerable to sexual assault, violence and HIV/AIDS infection.

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