In Rwanda, men work to change attitudes and confront gender-based violence

Nearly 3,000 local leaders have been educated and engaged to fight gender-based violence by promoting the concept of “positive masculinity”. ...more

Anti rape underwear? No, I won’t keep my vagina under a lock

AR Wear’s Indiegogo campaign has raised $52,442 USD. While the campaign and the idea of such a product has touched on the nerves of many feminists, the 2172 funders of the campaign are nothing short of excited and grateful at the prospect of an anti-rape underwear....more

In Fiji, communities mobilize ground-up to end violence against women and girls

Street workers and the homeless are raising awareness and halting violence against women in public spaces, while more than 700 students and teachers are educating to transform attitudes in 63 schools across Fiji. ...more

One in four men admit to rape in parts of Asia: UN survey

In an unprecedented UN study of 10,000 men in six countries, half of respondents report using violence and a quarter to perpetrating rape, while one in 25 said they had gang-raped a woman or girl. ...more

Men in the kitchen: cooking up change in Mozambique

An innovative programme is increasing men’s participation in domestic activities to promote gender equality and address violence against women and girls. At least 1600 men have taken part in the course, which is supported by UN Women, and complemented by a series of awareness-raising activities. ...more

Real (Healed) Men Don't Hit

I found myself in a shoving match in an online forum recently. I’m guessing the other party—who insisted other women butt out from discussing a husband’s hands-on-wife’s throat incident in the press until the victim weighed in—had no frame of reference about domestic violence. Instead of just being grateful of that fact and allowing others to share their experience and support, she went on the offensive. ...more

Syrian women refugees face forced early marriages and restricted mobility: UN Women report

On World Refugee Day, UN Women launches the findings of new study on violence and a programme for Syrian women refugees who have fled to neighbouring Jordan. The programme aims to increase their access to comprehensive, life-saving protection including health, psychosocial and legal services. ...more

5 Things I Want to Tell Nigella Lawson

On Sunday, photos were published showing celebrity chef Nigella Lawson being grabbed on the throat by her husband. The photos splashed over the internet showed him holding her by the throat and her leaving the restaurant in tears. It should come as no surprise that this story caught my attention. Ten years working with women escaping domestic violence leaves its mark on a person. I will always be a victim advocate even if I am no longer in the field....more
To all of the women out there that are suffering abuse, either physical or mental take it from ...more

A Whisper to a Scream: Capturing Domestic Violence on another Level

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Roger Ebert: Not Just a Movie Critic, a Social Critic

Yesterday we lost a movie legend, Robert Ebert.  Ebert is remembered for many things and one is his willingness to make sharp social commentary that went beyond movies themselves.  One episode, which aired in 1980, is a wonderful example.  In it, he and Gene Siskel offer a feminist critique of a group of slasher movies....more