Justice for Dalit Women & Girls

"Dalit women's bodies are being used to assert caste supremacy and keep women 'in their place'," Jacqui Hunt, Eurasia Director of women's rights group, Equality Now. According to Equality Now, there is such a thing as intersectional discrimination which makes it more difficult for girls across India and around the world to access justice for …

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Bharat’s Confession

"Sangeeta, we need to talk." "What's wrong, Bharat?" She studied him closely. He looked extremely upset. And it looked like he had been crying but why? "Has something happened to your parents or Chandan or Aesha?" "No. They are all fine. It's something else." She touched his arm. "Tell me what it is." "I saw …

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Gida’s Story

I'm a deaf 35 year old woman with two children.  I'm also HIV positive.  I was raped twice by the same man.  It happened when I was working as a carpenter's assistant. The men used to come up to me and ask for sexual favors.  I rejected them.  At the time, I couldn't communicate using …

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The Lion’s Roar

The winged lion reminds me of the fearless Doctor Balewa who treated me after I was gang raped by militants.  I was a complete wreck but this man of God not only restored me physically but psychologically.   He helped me to regain my dignity.  I found the courage and strength to pick up the pieces …

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Love in Greece Crisis: Prostitution

It's the oldest profession in the world.  It existed since biblical times.  What causes a woman to turn to prostitution? Women become involved in prostitution for a variety of reasons such as homelessness, child sexual abuse, mental ill health, trauma, previous sexual violence, drug and alcohol misuse, money pressures and poverty. According to an article …

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Rape in South Africa

I barely caught the headline about a South African girl who was raped and badly beaten.  I searched for the story on the Internet and came across some startling information.  Apparently South Africa is known as the "rape capital".  According to Women's groups, a woman is raped every 26 seconds.  The rate of sexual violence …

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Violence Against Women in Guyana

I saw on the news on Friday, November 23, 2012 that Chris Brown had to cancel his concert in Guyana because of women's rights groups and opposition lawmakers who said Brown would not be welcome in Guyana three years after his assault of Barbadian superstar Rihanna. Growing up in Guyana I was never knew that there …

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