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Silencing Rape on U.S. College Campuses: Evaluating the Clery Act

Greer Feick 9th May 2013

The Steubenville rape verdict a few months ago has sparked a broader conversation about the United States’ endemic “rape culture”, and the responsibility of innocent bystanders and institutions to report sexual violence. One place where the silencing of sexual violence is an ongoing problem is on U.S. college campuses.  Under the Clery Act  — named […]

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Rape and Reform in India: No Legal Fix for a Systemic Problem

Guest Contributor 25th April 2013

by Shishir Bail and Sudhir Krishnaswamy – The brutal rape and mutilation of a 5-year-old girl in Delhi last week has sparked fierce protests reminiscent of the national outrage invoked by the December 2012 gang-rape of a student, also in Delhi. Very quickly political parties have joined these protests to demand swift ‘justice’. Late last […]

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The Agreed Conclusion of CSW57 – Reaffirmation of the Universality of Women’s Human Rights

Guest Contributor 10th April 2013

Last month we ran a special themed post series on the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW57).  We are delighted to conclude this series with a special extended post from Professor Frances Raday, a Mandate Holder in the UN Human Rights Council and a participant in CSW57. By Frances Raday – The Agreed Conclusions of […]

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To Whomsoever it May Concern? The Case of Criminal Law (Amendment) Act 2013

Shreya Atrey 3rd April 2013

The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2013was passed by the Indian Parliament and now awaits the sanction of the President before it replaces the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance 2013. Despite, what can be termed as the third wave of women’s movement in India, the law disengages with the national and feminist consciousness which has emerged post […]

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CSW57: Violence against Indigenous Women and Girls

Claire Overman 12th March 2013

Today we continue our special themed post series focusing on CSW57.  Claire Overman reflects on one of the discussions at CSW57 last week concerning the specific challenges surrounding violence against indigenous women and girls. At the 57th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York, one topic which was considered on […]

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