Stop the Violence

By Laura Haight | Gender inequality and violence against women and girls walk hand in hand through every corner of the world. Dining for Women stands in solidarity with women, nonprofits, communities, organizations and leaders fighting this issue every day.

Shunned During Her Period, Nepali Woman Dies of Snakebite

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Every month when her period came, Tulasi Shahi was sent to stay in her uncle’s hut, the one where he keeps his cows tied up, in a village in the Dailekh district in western Nepal. This month was no different. She slept there on wooden boards laid on the ground, in keeping with a …

Women's News

Another doctor, wife charged with female genital mutilation in Michigan

For the second time in a week, authorities have charged a Detroit-area doctor with breaking a federal genital mutilation law, this time arresting a suburban physician and his wife for allegedly helping another doctor perform genital cutting on 7-year-old girls in a Livonia, Mich., clinic.<p>According …

It will take 170 years for women to be equal to men — unless some things change, study says

It's getting harder to be a woman.<p>That's the conclusion of a new study on the Global Gender Gap from the World Economic Forum. The annual review looks at 142 countries, and evaluates women's standing in the world based on four indexes: educational attainment, health, political empowerment and …

Gender

Trump once said women should be punished for abortion. Now, he's making it happen

The ‘global gag rule’ strips funding from vital reproductive services around the world. For many women, that will mean a return to life-threatening practices<p>In the mass of protesters thronging the National Mall in Washington DC on Saturday, one sign stood out to me. It was a wire clothes hanger …

Rights & Freedoms

Nepali girl dies due to banned menstruation practice

A 15-year-old girl has died in Nepal's western Achram district after she was banished to a shed because she was menstruating, under an ancient Hindu practice that has been banned for more than a decade, police said.<p>"We are investigating the case. We suspect that she died of suffocation from the …

Misogyny

HRW: Boko Haram refugees in Nigeria raped by officials

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused Nigerian officials of sexually exploiting women and girls living in camps for victims of Boko Haram in the war-torn northeast.<p>HRW said in a report published on Monday that it documented 43 cases of women and girls in seven internally displaced persons' camps in …

Nigeria

Honor killings in Pakistan

A data visualization and video graphic analysis of hundreds of cases of women murdered in so-called honor killings in Pakistan. Rooted in traditions that bind a family's honor with a woman's chastity, such killings often are met with acceptance, even approval, by relatives and neighbors.

UN praises Colombia and FARC's agreement on women

<b>The UN has welcomed an agreement between the Colombian government and FARC rebels giving specific guarantees to women as part of a peace accord.</b><p>Both sides agreed that women would have equal access to land after a final peace deal was signed.<p>A commission will also be set up to look into sexual …

Juan Manuel Santos

Why the Chibok girls could finally be coming home

Just two days after a vigilante group found one of the missing schoolgirls that had been kidnapped more than two years ago by the militant group Boko …

Mother And Child Behind Bars: The Women Of Afghanistan's Prisons

In 2010, photographer Gabriela Maj was working on a project about an artist in Afghanistan when one of her editors suggested she take a look at Afghan women's prisons. Maj recalls: "He said, you know there are all these stories kind of floating, kind of bubbling up in the international media about …

Women's News

ISIS is offering sex slaves to the winners of its Quran memorization contest

Islamic State militants have decided to organize a Quran memorization contest during Ramadan, the holy month in Islam. The reward for contest winners will be sex slaves.<p>The Da'wa and Mosques Department in Al-Baraka province in Syria will use women as prizes. The practice of giving away humans as …

Islamic State (ISIS)

A Yazidi captive's tale: Sold by ISIS as a sex slave

<b>Duhok, Iraqi Kurdistan (CNN) —</b> In the canvas expanse of the Shariya refugee camp, thousands of Yazidis live within hearing distance of one of Iraqi Kurdistan's frontlines with ISIS.<p>The vast majority of the camp's occupants are from the town of Sinjar and fled the ISIS assault there back in August. …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Inside the GOP Clown Car

On the campaign trail in Iowa, Donald Trump's antics have forced the other candidates to get crazy or go home<p>T<p>he thing is, when you actually think …

Indian Woman Who Was Married Off At Just 11 Months Old Fights Against Child Marriage

Though child marriage is technically illegal in India, the practice is still relatively common.<p>A 20-year-old woman whose parents entered her into a marriage when she just 11 months old has now rejected that marriage and is fighting to have it annulled.<p>According to an interview with Gulf News …

Marriage

FGM app launches in Britain as school holiday danger zone nears

(The story clarifies name of university in paragraph 6, fixes link in paragraph 7)<p>By Kieran Guilbert<p>LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A new app designed to educate young people about female genital mutilation (FGM) was launched in Britain on Tuesday amid a government crackdown on people who …

World News

Not Only Voiceless, But Choice-less: The Impregnated Victims of Boko Haram - Ms. Magazine Blog

The rescue of hundreds of Nigerian women and girls from terrorist group Boko Haram received more press coverage than the human rights of women and …

To End Violence Against Women, End Violence Against Boys

By Sheena Vasani<p><b>In her quest</b> to achieve some semblance of justice in the world and in her own life, abuse survivor Rachael Kay Albers angrily sought …

What jihadis plan for women

<b>(CNN) —</b> There is a special kind of hell reserved for the women who fall into the clutches of today's Jihadi fighters.<p>We are all familiar with the brutality of ISIS, the self-anointed Islamic State, or Boko Haram, the Nigerian terrorists who have pledged allegiance to ISIS.<p>This new wave of violent …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Kenyan girl exchanged genital mutilation for education

Kenyan schools entrepreneur and international women's rights advocate, Dr Kakenya Ntaiya, made an extraordinary bargain at the age of just seven.<p>The …

Will the clock run out on efforts to end violence against women globally?

In this moment, as you read this, there isn’t a single woman or girl in the world who is entirely free from the threat or the fear of violence.<p>Before …

For International Women's Day, Let's Pass IVAWA to Protect Women and Girls

Today marks the 107th International Women's Day. On this day, we recognize how far we've come in achieving critically important rights for women, but we must also acknowledge just how far we still have to go.<p>Millions upon millions of women and girls continue to face gender-based violence in the …

Women's News