Afghan Women's Writing Project: Be Thankful for Your Freedom

During my university years, I went for one academic year to the U.S. on a fellowship program. There, I felt how educational life is wonderful, how much freedom is worth and how my life was wasted. I was in the U.S. when Mom called me and begged me to return to Afghanistan. My cousin was putting pressure on my family, and my dad and brothers had beaten my mother. I returned because I felt devoted to my mom. ...more

It is devastating to read this. What can we do to help? There must be a way for women who want ...more

Why I'm Not Sad My Daughter Punched a Little Boy in the Privates

I looked at the now-pale face of the young lady in charge as I ripped up the report. "I'm not signing this, and unless you want me to start a stink about why you let my daughter be the recipient of sexual harassment on your premises, you will not only write up that boy but you will make sure that his family understands that if it ever happens again and he is allowed back here, I will report you." ...more
Heck YES!!!  That's my type of girl. My parents taught the girls to squeeze the nuts of boys to ...more

Poetry Has Power

The poem being discussed is available here.  ...more

Violence Against Women and Social Assessment of Haitian Camps

While I lay in a tent in FIRE's camp in Haiti I remember one of the first popular songs that changed social consciousness regarding violence against women, at a time when the subject was a well-known secret and there was no political, social and cultural acknowledgment of violence against women as a violation of the human rights of women. ...more

Emotional abuse also includes conflicting actions or statements which are designed to confuse ...more

BlogHers, Join Her on the Bridge!

It’s been 100 years since March 8th was designated International Women’s Day, and women worldwide have yet to achieve the equality they envisioned so long ago. In times of war, they are still the primary targets of systematic rape, torture, displacement and pillaging....more

Why I support a Millon Women Rise

On Saturday, in London, it is the Million Women Rise March and on Monday, it is International Women’s Day. Today I was enraged to hear about yet another woman who was murdered by her male partner.  Today this post is about a cause that I am passionate about – ending violence against women and I hope to return to the subject in the upcoming weeks and months.  The post below is a slightly edited version of a post I wrote in November about why this cause is so important to me. ...more

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Chris Brown Doesn't and Does Recall Beating Rihanna

First, let me say that while I know that being raised with domestic violence, as it's reported Chris Brown was raised, may result in your becoming a physically abusive partner, my sympathy for the young singer is limited. Nothing excuses a man beating a woman. ...more

It's unfortunate that this type of violence happens way to often to young women in our world. ...more

Women's eNews: Violence Survivor Lobbies to Open VAWA’s Books

Violence Survivor Lobbies to Open VAWA's Books Run Date: 08/20/09 By Regina Varolli ...more