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The New York Times

Amanda Taub

Jane Bradley

2 July 2020

England

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Ignoring the pleas of victim-aid groups and the examples set by other countries, the British government and courts failed to protect domestic violence victims during the pandemic. Italy, Spain, Germany, and New Zealan...

The Local

Catherine Edwards

16 June 2020

Sweden

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In the nearly two years since Sweden broadened the definition of rape offenses to include cases in which a victim fails to signal consent, both the reports of alleged rapes and convictions have risen. During that time...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

9 June 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia’s domestic violence shelters filled during the pandemic, emergency funding ran dry, and officials offered victims little recourse if they were trapped at home with their abusers. These gaps in protection ...

The Trace

Jennifer Mascia

Katlyn Alo

29 May 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Domestic abuse risks are on the rise, at a time of social isolation, economic disruption, and gun-buying, and so Wayne County, Michigan, court officials responded to the closing of their courthouses by allowing people...

National Observer

Janice Cantieri

6 May 2020

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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The number of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada is high, so a group of Indigenous women formed an organization called Power Our Women (POW) to teach other Indigenous women across the country self-defense...

BBC

Maddy Savage

4 May 2020

Sweden

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Private dinners for only men to discuss notions of feminism and toxic masculinity have been picking up in interest across Sweden. What started in earnest following a string of assaults against women in 2016 has now be...

Minority Africa

Ope Adedeji

1 April 2020

Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria

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Wine and Whine is a Nigerian organization that creates a space for women only to feel safe and connect. The goal is to create a woman-to-woman network and to create an opportunity to talk about issues that affect them...

BBC

Megan Janetsky

16 February 2020

Cartagena, Colombia

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The League of Displaced Women built “The City of Women" in 2003. The city has about 100 homes for women and their families, including men, who faced and/or fled murder, rape, and other forms of violence during the con...

Mongabay

Pragati Prava

20 January 2020

Aska, Odisha, India

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Pramila Bisoyi, a Member of Parliament hailing from the Indian state of Odisha, has shown the power of women in protecting the environment. She has created and led multiple Women Self Help Groups, who work together to...

Stanford Social Innovation Review

Alexandra Christy

Winter 2020

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

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A public transportation system just for women has been developed in New Guinea in response to the extreme harassment that women face. Launched in 2014, the program called "Meri Seif (“Woman Safe”) now serves 170,000 f...

NPR

Rebecca Davis

26 December 2019

Nduru Beach, Kenya

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Along Kenya's Lake Victoria, the practice of jaboya - where fishermen guarantee that day's catch to a woman fish trader in exchange for sexual favors - is all too common, in part due to a lack of economic opportunity ...

BBC

Elaine Murphy

11 November 2019

Pune, Maharashtra, India

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A program launched by the Equal Community Foundation (ECF) in 2011 called Action for Equality (AFE) educates more than 5,000 teenage boys in Pune, India about violence against women. They spend 43 weeks learning curri...

National Geographic

Nilanjana Bhowmick

15 October 2019

India

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Thanks to the Nirbhaya Fund, named for the victim in a notorious case of rape and murder, the Indian government poured $145 million into new women’s safety initiatives that have enabled women to go about their lives i...

Wall Street Journal

Andrew Beaton

25 September 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The Philadelphia Eagles' management thinks outside the box - and field - with their hiring practices, searching for a diversity of perspectives and backgrounds. The team's forward-thinking hiring approach has led to a...

WOSU

Paige Pfleger

25 September 2019

Columbus, Ohio, United States

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Treating women who are coerced into human trafficking as victims provides opportunities for recovery. Alongside the passage of legislation against human trafficking in Ohio, Franklin County courts have implemented a r...

Zora

Jennifer Chowdhury

17 September 2019

Ukhia, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

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In the Kutupalong Refugee Camp in Bangladesh, Rohingya women are overcoming the societal restraints that bound them at home in Myanmar and becoming leaders and change-makers in their community. Despite resistance from...

Chicago Tribune

Karen Berkowitz

12 September 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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In 2013, the United Nations deemed access to menstrual supplies a human right. Since then, Illinois has taken a number of steps to make access to these products even easier. This story includes solutions such as free ...

The Guardian

Nate Berg

2 September 2019

Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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Attitudes towards the legalization of sex work are changing around the world, and now some cities have even started considering public spaces for sex work while developing urban infrastructure plans. From Cologne, Ger...

The New York Times

Joseph Darius Jaafari

27 August 2019

Diepsloot, Johannesburg, South Africa

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In Diepsloot, South Africa, a small office called Lawyers Against Abuse offers legal support for sexual assault cases in a violent city that traditionally does little to address the issue. The organization offers lawy...

Marie Claire

Jennifer Chowdhury

9 July 2019

Teknaf, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

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The Shalbagan refugee camp in Bangladesh is one of 30 similar camps to elect leaders, except in this one women made up half of the elected officials. Over 40,000 Rohingya refugees live in the camp, and they come from ...

The Guardian

Patrick Barkham

19 June 2019

England

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Across the world, TreeSisters is partnering with local organizations to help reforestation efforts. The nonprofit is centered on bolstering local, community-based, and usually women-led initiatives in countries like K...

The Washington Post

Roman Stubbs

18 June 2019

Fort Covington, New York, United States

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Allowing women on the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation to play lacrosse, historically an all-male sport in the Mohawk tradition, has had an empowering effect. In a time when “eighty-four percent of American Indian and Ala...

Yes! Magazine

Lornet Turnbull

16 May 2019

United States

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As abortion laws become increasingly restrictive across the southern US, more and more grassroots organizations are working to ensure access to abortions is still available. There exists a network called National Netw...

Apolitical

Eve Livingston

13 May 2019

Delhi, India

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Recent efforts to bring a gender perspective, especially a feminist one, to urban planning are making cities safer and more inclusive. One Indian app called SafetiPin crowdsources ratings of public spaces based on var...

WGME-TV

David Singer

25 April 2019

Windham, Maine, United States

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Maine's only offender re-entry program for women in Windham is on its way to replicate the success of similar programs in Texas and Nevada. Federal justice research has shown that offenders that go through re-entry pr...

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