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[15 Feb 2013 | No Comment | ]
End Violations of Women’s Peace

Anonymous*
Adelaide, South Australia
This article is written in honor and tribute to the lives of girls and women who have suffered at the hand of violence. The assault against the female gender globally is barbaric, and for any human being to ignore the violation of women’s peace and safety is simply morally wrong. I personally feel so impacted by the recent newspaper stories of the gang rape of women that I have dedicated my time to discuss this issue with the broader reading community in hope that it will trigger action …

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[24 Jan 2013 | One Comment | ]
Saying NO! Is Not a Betrayal

Nawal Rajeh interviewed Aishah Shahidah Simmons, an award-winning African-American feminist lesbian independent documentary filmmaker and international lecturer, about her film NO! The Rape Documentary.
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Tell us where the idea to make this documentary began.
The idea started in the early 90’s when Mike Tyson was accused and charged of raping an African American woman. At that point many African American leaders were enraged that she came forward and accused him. I myself am a survivor, but when I started the process of this film, I didn’t think it had anything to do …

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[8 Jan 2013 | 3 Comments | ]
Raped Twice: Marriage, Memory Assaulted Too

Inshah Malik
Kashmir
“Rape is not merely an assault on a body. Every such violation is an assault on memory which often forces women to shift from living to merely existing.”
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The gruesome gang rape that happened recently in the capital city New Delhi has shocked the Indian nation. The young woman, a 23-year-old college student, was gang raped on a private bus, and six men reportedly in a drunken state were involved in the heinous crime. The barbarity of the incident of shoving iron rod into the private organs of the girl …

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[30 Jan 2012 | 10 Comments | ]
Congolese Women: We’re Not Just Victims

Christina Mitchell
United States/Democratic Republic of Congo
 “A failed state does not mean a failed people or, more notably, failed women.”
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After three years of preparation, I finally met the women of the eastern Kivu provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo, regions hosting what has been called Africa’s World War.  These are women who have seen the worst, but work toward the best.  Who have fought and survived despite the too common media story showing them as only helpless, voiceless victims.  I had previously confirmed that the victim narrative was baseless despite …