International Human Rights Day: The Lessons of Eleanor Roosevelt

2016 has been a trying year for human rights.  In Syria we have continued to bear witness to the largest humanitarian and human rights disaster since World War II. We have seen troubling reactions from western nations in attempting to deal with the subsequent refugee crisis. It has been another year plagued with terrorist violence, with large-scale attacks occurring in Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Pakistan, Belgium, France, and the United States. This year has also been particularly troubling for human rights defenders in light of the global surge of elections that have brought leaders to power who, as Kenneth Roth describes it, see democracy as a “dictatorship of the majority”. Continue reading

GBV as portrayed in popular culture

The treatment of women in Hollywood on set has been increasingly scrutinised in recent years, and as we are in the midst of campaigning as part of the 16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, there are claims that the notorious rape scene in the film ‘Last Tango in Paris’ was shot without consent of the actress, raising important questions over the way in which rape is portrayed in film.   Continue reading

Individual Experiences and Social Stigma: Psychological Impact of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Conflict

Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is prevalent in conflict and post-conflict societies. The vulnerability of institutions traditionally designed to offer social protection to victims and the lack of professionally trained personnel in such countries are issues that require further attention. Addressing one aspect of SGBV affected by these factors – the psychological impact on its victims – carries significance for the overall rebuilding of post-conflict societies. Continue reading

School Related Gender-Based Violence

Gender-based violence (GBV) is a gross human rights violation occurring in multiple forms across sectors and societies. While the term ‘GBV’ has gained significant recognition in recent years as efforts to eliminate such violence have increased globally, particular locations of GBV incidents are often overlooked or not typically associated with such actions. Continue reading

GBV from an Advocate: FGM and Forced Marriage

I work for the AHA Foundation, a leading organization working to end honor violence that shames, hurts, or kills thousands of women and girls in the US each year, and puts millions more at risk. Specifically, we work with honor violence that includes forced marriage, child marriage, and female genital mutilation (FGM). Continue reading

Education as a GBV Prevention Tool

Youth represent a powerful tool for the world, both developed and developing. Whether it’s a potential labour force, business innovation, sustainable development, or social change, the significant youth population across the globe has impressive potential to help address many challenges currently being faced by the international community. Continue reading

Access to Land as a Tool to GBV Prevention

Women’s ability to own land is not only an economic issue, but also a social issue that has great implications. According to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the lack of women’s land rights encompass several CEDAW violations such as the economic and social rights of women, rural women’s rights, and women’s rights to equality in marriage and in front of the law. Continue reading