HIV/AIDS is Gender-based Violence

Part 7 for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence December 1, 2018 - World AIDS Day: In the 1980s, the first cases of AIDS were a shock to everyone. It took months for top researchers to understand it. In Africa, where the pandemic became most widespread, the campaign to halt the spread of HIV/AIDS … Continue reading HIV/AIDS is Gender-based Violence

Women on the Front Lines of Peace and Security

Sixth in a series for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. Photo: UN Peace Keeping. Seh-Dong-Hong-Beh, leader of the Dahomey women's regiment, drawn by Frederick Forbes, 1851 - Public Domain. Today, November 30, is Benin National Day. What does that have to do with Women, Peace and Security? Well - Benin’s history features the … Continue reading Women on the Front Lines of Peace and Security

Women Human Rights Defenders

Fifth in a series for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence I am always deeply inspired by each of the heroic women and men who have served as United Nations High Commissioners for Human Rights. The High Commissioner’s “To Do” list is horrific, dealing personally and skillfully with one brutal situation after another. (Many … Continue reading Women Human Rights Defenders

Denying Health Care is Violence

Third in a series for 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence. Photo: The Hunger Project - women's march at the Bissiga epicenter. There is a heartbreaking scene in Christy Turlington’s documentary No Woman, No Cry (2010) as a rural woman walks 12 miles to a birthing center, and is then turned away because she … Continue reading Denying Health Care is Violence

Community Leadership to Halt Gender-based Violence

November 26 - Second in a series for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. How do women living in impoverished, deeply conservative rural communities fight gender-based violence, including child marriage? You can ask them! My organization, The Hunger Project, like many others, builds the capacity of women to be the key change agents for … Continue reading Community Leadership to Halt Gender-based Violence

Halting Gender-based Violence is Job #1

First in a series for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. November 25 is the International Day for the elimination of Violence Against Women. Photo: The Hunger Project-Bangladesh. Acid attack survivors speak out. Will we males ever stop abusing women? This issue is so fundamental to all other human progress that each of us needs … Continue reading Halting Gender-based Violence is Job #1