violence against women

Women Migrants Fearing Rape Take Contraceptives Before Journey

By Lin Taylor LONDON, Nov 30 – Women migrants fleeing wars, political instability and poverty are taking contraceptives in the expectation of being raped but are so desperate they still embark on the journey, a human rights group said on Wednesday. Women and girls who risk sexual violence as they flee their home countries are

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Driven to Dhaka by Disasters, Bangladeshi Girls Harassed Into Marriage

By Liz Mermin and Mushfique Wadud DHAKA, Oct 25 – It was after floods washed away her family’s river-front land in Bangladesh’s northern Jamalpur district that Brishti Rafiq’s widowed father brought her to live in Dhaka. “We couldn’t survive like that. We had no property or anything,” she said of her former home. She was

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Indian Rape Survivor Comic Superhero Takes on Acid Attacks

By Rina Chandran MUMBAI, Oct 13  – Two years after unveiling a comic about a rape survivor-turned-superhero who takes on her abusers, filmmaker Ram Devineni is using a sequel to highlight the acid attacks that maim and scar hundreds of women in India every year. “Priya’s Shakti” was the first Indian comic book of its

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Pakistan Parliament Passes Legislation Against “Honour Killings”

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD, Oct 9 – Pakistan‘s parliament unanimously passed legislation against “honour killings” on Thursday, three months after the murder of an outspoken social media star. A joint session of the lower and upper houses of parliament, broadcast live on television, approved the new anti-honour killing law, removing a loophole in existing law

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Classical Indian Dance Helps Trafficking Victims to Heal, Study Shows

By Rina Chandran MUMBAI, Feb 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Classical Indian dance could be an effective form of therapy for victims of human trafficking and sexual violence, helping them to overcome their traumatic experiences and gain confidence, a pilot study has shown. The six-month study of 50 female survivors in Kolkata and Mumbai found

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