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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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US Congress Reauthorizes Violence Against Women Act

Guest Contributor 1st March 2013

By Chelsea Purvis –  The United States Congress has for many months been debating the future of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).  As I explained in my previous post, VAWA is the principle federal law addressing gender-based violence in the US.  When VAWA expired in 2012, the Senate drafted a reauthorization bill (S.47) that […]

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Weakening Protections for Victims of Gender-Based Violence in the United States?

Guest Contributor 24th February 2013

By Chelsea Purvis – The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is the principle federal law addressing gender-based violence in the United States.  But for the first time since its enactment in 1994, VAWA’s reauthorization faces substantial opposition. In 1994 VAWA created a national framework for preventing and responding to gender-based violence (GBV), filling gaps in […]

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Violence Against Women in South Africa: President Zuma and the ANC Still Have Not Got the Message

Guest Contributor 21st February 2013

By Nabihah Iqbal – The recent tragedy of Anene Booysen has brought widespread attention to the pandemic of violence, especially sexual violence, against women in South Africa, a country labelled by Interpol as the ‘rape capital of the world’, and where it is estimatedthat a woman is raped every 17 seconds. Booysen’s case has been […]

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Lifting As We Climb

Shreya Atrey 6th February 2013

Upon the formation of the National Association of Colored Women’s Club, the chosen motto read: Lifting As We Climb. This principle was guided by the aspiration that the movement of Afro-American women must also guarantee the upliftment of all sisters and indeed all dispossessed. To them, inclusiveness and diversity was of central significance in feminist […]

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