Elizabeth Belnap

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When I first started my period my mother said I had become untouchable

In Nepal, menstruation is associated with stigmatising traditions and restrictions for women. I’m calling for an end to the – sometimes deadly – suffering<p>I was 13 years old with a red ribbon cascading on my oiled hair when I got my first period. I thought I had dysentery. When I asked my mother …

Human Rights Watch Reports Rapes of 16 Women by the Police Force in India

The National Human Rights Commission in India released a report on Saturday stating that they believe 16 women were victims of rape by police …

India currency note ban sparks ‘dramatic fall’ in sex trafficking

India’s rupee recall appears to have had “a massive impact” on the country’s human trafficking industry, according to advocacy and rescue groups, with some reporting reductions of up to 90% in the number of women and girls being admitted to their shelters.<p>But other activists said the illegal trade …

India

In the fight against prostitution, who's talking about the clients?

ROME – For religious sisters working to end forced prostitution through human trafficking, there is one thing consistently left out of the …

Mercer County Man Sentenced in South Jersey Human Trafficking Scheme: Prosecutor

Brian Moore was convicted by a jury earlier this year.<p>A Mercer County man has been sentenced to 20 years in state prison after being convicted of …

WOMEN DRUGGED & RAPED IN FOREST BROTHELS IN S'PORE

I have seen forest brothels activities when I was younger as I lived close to Woodlands.<p>Everyone never thought much of the women who worked in these …

When Love Wins: How Human Trafficking Survivor Elisia Lopez Reunited with Son Nahko Bear

A human trafficking survivor and her firstborn found each other and made peace with their painful past, inspiring the revolutionary music of Nahko …

Uber Driver Reportedly Saves Woman From Human Trafficking

When you see a headline containing the phrase “Uber Driver” it’s rarely good news. In the past, the ridesharing company’s drivers have faced …

Man charged with human trafficking, assaulting two women in Edmonton

An Edmonton man is facing human trafficking and other charges after two women were allegedly sold for sex and sexually assaulted.<p>Investigators …

Crime

Pope tells bishops to have zero tolerance for sexual abuse | Reuters

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis has told bishops around the world they must adhere to a policy of zero tolerance for clergy who sexually abuse children and begged forgiveness for “a sin that shames us”.<p>Pope Francis leads a mass on New Year's Day at Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican …

Women who keep their maiden names are seen as less ‘committed’

A new study of college students reveals that, despite many feminist ideas becoming more mainstream, we’re still punishing women for not changing …

Men Who Buy Sex Have Much in Common With Sexually Coercive Men

<i>Summary: A new study reports men who buy sex have less empathy for female prostitutes than those who don’t. Additionally, those who use prostitutes</i> …

Prostitution

The Myth of the Gender Wage Gap

The human cost of trafficking

The holiday season brings the hope that every child will experience the magic and excitement of the season. Yet the enjoyment of such scenes is very …

If this story of rape doesn’t change you, nothing will

<i>Trigger warning: this article includes an account of rape and child abuse</i><p><b>16 Days of Activism focuses on violence against women and children but what</b> …

City proposes bill to keep log of sexual assaults in taxis

A lawmaker is pushing for the city to keep better tabs on sexual assaults and harassment incidents in taxis.<p>City Council Member Dan Garodnick …

newyork

Why is violence against women so ingrained?

I was assaulted. The attack was swift and left me reeling. It happened on a Friday night in Cape Town.<p>I had flown in with my friend for a weekend …

Ending Violence against Women Worldwide

In a recent Washington, D. C. meeting, policymakers and researchers with the Center on Gender Equity and Health (GEH) at UC San Diego School of …

Malawian police arrest allegedly HIV-positive man 'hired to have sex with children'

President calls ritual of having sex with girls once they reach puberty ‘shocking malpractice’ and orders arrest of self-proclaimed sex worker<p>Malawi’s president has ordered the arrest of a man who said he was HIV positive and had been hired by families to have sex with more than 100 young women, …

14-year-old girl dies in second shocking double rape case in India

<b>(CNN) —</b> A 14-year-old girl has died in another case of a lower-caste woman allegedly being raped by the same man twice in India.<p>The girl was kidnapped in May by the same suspect who allegedly attacked her in December, according to a police report filed by her parents, a senior Delhi police official …

India

Students rally to support gay teacher fired from Catholic school

Students rallied Thursday at St. Lucy's Priory High School in Glendora to support a gay teacher who was fired after he married his partner.<p>Ken Bencomo, 45, of Rancho Cucamonga, was fired from his teaching position at the Catholic girls school after photos of his wedding to partner Christopher …

San Bernardino County

Muslim Women Are Fighting To Redefine Islam as a Religion of Equality

Anyone learning about Islam from the headlines alone might think it was a faith powered by violence, inflexible laws, and sexism. In Nigeria, the …

Religion

I Was Assaulted on Campus 20 Years Ago, and I'm Still 'Carrying That Weight'

<i>By Natalia Mehlman Petrzela</i><p>As I surveyed the otherwise familiar Columbia quad on a fall afternoon in 2014, the mattresses caught my eye. At least ten students awkwardly lugged around standard-issue dormitory extra-long twins, some scrawled with denunciations of sexual violence and signatures of …

‘God Rid Us Of Men’: Video Shows Saudi Women Breaking All The Rules

A new viral video shows Saudi Arabian women subverting stereotypes and breaking many of the oppressive rules placed upon them... not to mention …

Columbia University Students Support Female Genital Mutilation

<b>A shocking video produced by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) shows liberal students at Columbia University supporting Planned</b> …

Where does human trafficking happen? Right in front of you

<b>* Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.</b><p>"We need to make sure the trafficker gets the …

Governments shut down the internet more than 50 times in 2016

Governments around the world enacted internet shutdowns over 50 times in the last year, according to a report focusing on the impact of such …

Human Rights

Women's rights face a daunting new year worldwide, campaigners warn | Reuters

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women’s rights face enormous challenges worldwide in 2017 with campaigners expecting fights to keep health clinics open, to save programs preventing unwanted pregnancies and to enforce laws protecting women from violence.<p>A woman carries her baby as she walks …

Federal judge blocks anti-discrimination law in a setback for transgender and abortion rights

A federal judge in Texas issued an injunction to stop the enforcement of an Obama administration rule that would prohibit healthcare providers from …

Study: Gender inequality increases gender gap in sustained attention control

Places with less gender equality tend to have a larger gender gap when it comes to attentional control, according to research published in PLoS One. …