Military Sexual Violence: From Frontline to Fenceline

Military Sexual Violence: From Frontline to Fenceline

As more U.S. military women break the silence about sexual violence committed by their comrades in arms, it is clear that sporadic “scandals”—at the Tailhook Naval Aviators’ Convention (1991), Aberdeen Proving Grounds Ordnance Center (1996), the U.S. Air Force Academy...
As 2012 Ends, a Turning Point on Women’s Rights

As 2012 Ends, a Turning Point on Women’s Rights

Women’s rights have been in the forefront of international of international concern over the last few weeks. Making the biggest headlines were the massive demonstrations in New Delhi and other cities in India provoked by the brutal gang rape by six men of a...

Is Rape in India Having Its Newtown Moment?

“Seven days of demonstrations peaked Sunday, as thousands of people joined women’s and students’ groups,” the New York Times reported, after “a 23-year-old medical student who boarded what she thought was a public bus on Dec. 16 was...
Why Women? Why Now? Looking at Gender and Immigration

Why Women? Why Now? Looking at Gender and Immigration

One need only consider the story of Roxana Santos mentioned in Break the Chain’s previous blog post to understand the very real implications of strict immigration enforcement laws in this country and what that looks like for a woman. Roxana lives in Maryland....
Ecumenical Advocacy Days: Bodies As Battlegrounds

Ecumenical Advocacy Days: Bodies As Battlegrounds

Ecumenical Advocacy Days is a movement of the ecumenical Christian community working to strengthen Christian voices and to mobilize for advocacy on a wide variety of U.S. domestic and international policy issues. This particular workshop, featuring IPS’ Emira...

Women Lead Latin America’s Growing Anti-Militarization Movements

The National Security Doctrine of unilateral attacks, the invasion of Iraq under the false pretext of weapons of mass destruction, and the abandonment of multilateral forums had opened up a new phase of U.S. aggression. Despite the focus on the Middle East, the...

New Hope to Stop Violence against Women

The United States has made great strides to change the sickening attitudes and legal obstacles that for decades held women in the grip of physical and sexual violence, far too often with little recourse, while their abusers went unpunished. But as a nation, we can go...

Assessing Women’s Rights in Nigeria

The Protocol to the Africa Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa is a unique piece of legislation because it takes into consideration the provisions of other international instruments on human rights that touch on women’s...
Arizona Rising

Arizona Rising

Summer is always hot in Arizona, but the summer of 2010 may be hotter than any in recent memory. On April 23, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed into law the toughest bill on immigration today. This legislation, SB1070, grants police officers the power to stop and...

Indigenous Womens Pushback

Indigenous activists are putting up a fight – against violence. At the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, activists are focused on passing a declaration that recognizes the right of Indigenous Peoples to their lands, territories, and resources. This...