Sexual violence

Indian people hold placards and candles as they participate at a candle light vigil as they mark the first anniversary of a young woman's demise after the fatal gang rape, in New Delhi, India, Dec. 29, 2013.

A decade after the deadly assault of Jyoti Singh, has safety for women in India improved?

The Indian government passed stricter laws after the gang rape and death of 23-year-old Jyoti Singh in 2012. But violence against women in the country is still on the rise. Natasha Narwal, a Delhi-based feminist and activist, tells The World why.

A decade after the deadly assault of Jyoti Singh, has safety for women in India improved?
"Bust of a smiling woman," 1901, by Pablo Picasso, at the Reina Sofía Museum. 

The Picasso paradox: Museums grapple with how to remember the artist’s complicated legacy

The Picasso paradox: Museums grapple with how to remember the artist’s complicated legacy
A dramatic rise in the number of women drugged against their will in France has young people watching their drinks carefully.

Needle-spiking trend in Europe alarms nightclubbers — especially women

Needle-spiking trend in Europe alarms nightclubbers — especially women
V Sailakshmi, 39, says sex work helped pay for her sister's wedding and for her father's funeral

'We are demanding full decriminalization': Sex workers in India rally for labor rights

'We are demanding full decriminalization': Sex workers in India rally for labor rights
Eneas Espinoza, who says he was sexually abused multiple times when he was a child, by several catholic priests in Chile

A growing number of clerical sexual abuse survivors are coming forward in Latin America

A growing number of clerical sexual abuse survivors are coming forward in Latin America
Superhero Priya fights injustice along with her trusted tiger Sahas.

Superhero Priya tries to rescue New Delhi from air pollution on Earth Day

India's first female comic superhero has previously tackled issues like masking up during COVID-19, surviving assault, trafficking and acid attacks. On Earth Day, Priya has returned — astride her faithful flying tiger — to show young children the power of collective action in tackling air pollution.

Superhero Priya tries to rescue New Delhi from air pollution on Earth Day
At a playground in San Francisco, Deisy Ramírez reflects on how she found safety here after fleeing captivity in Guatemala

For immigrants fleeing gender-based violence, it’s a long road to asylum in the US

Thousands of people are pursuing protection from gender-based violence in a US asylum system that was gutted during the presidency of Donald Trump and has been only partially restored by President Joe Biden. Deisy Ramírez was one of them, trying to escape an abusive, forced marriage in Guatemala.

For immigrants fleeing gender-based violence, it’s a long road to asylum in the US
Protesters gather outside Poland's Constitutional Tribunal in Warsaw, Poland, on Nov.6, 2021, to protest against the restrictive abortion laws after a woman died of complications during her pregnancy. 

This Polish activist sent abortion pills to a woman in need. Now she's on trial.

An abortion-rights activist charged with breaking Poland’s strict abortion laws goes on trial in Warsaw next week. The case is the first of its kind in Europe.

This Polish activist sent abortion pills to a woman in need. Now she's on trial.
Women participating in a program for survivors of sexual violence at Woldiya University in Woldiya, Ethiopia, Feb. 19, 2022.

The fighting in northern Ethiopia cooled down months ago. But many survivors of sexual violence are only now receiving care.

The conflict in northern Ethiopia has been marked by what the United Nations calls “extreme brutality,” especially toward women. The UN and human rights organizations have been concerned about “widespread” sexual- and gender-based violence there.

The fighting in northern Ethiopia cooled down months ago. But many survivors of sexual violence are only now receiving care.
A woman sits with her legs folded on the ground in a pose of shame and exhaustion.

For sexual assault victims in Ghana, justice is expensive — and elusive

Many people who experience sexual assault from Ghana’s poorest communities cannot afford the $85 medical exam required to file a police report.  

For sexual assault victims in Ghana, justice is expensive — and elusive
An image of male and female legs dancing in the final round of the stage category during the Tango World Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. 

Feminist tango collectives take center stage in Argentina

All-female and all-queer tango groups playing contemporary tango songs with a feminist lens are on the rise in Argentina.

Feminist tango collectives take center stage in Argentina
China's Peng Shuai reacts during her first round singles match against Japan's Nao Hibino at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia

Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai's retraction 'comes off as highly staged,' journalist says

After Peng Shuai backtracked from accusing a top official of sexual assault, Jeremy Goldkorn, editor-in-chief of SupChina and co-founder of the Sinica Podcast, tells The World’s host Marco Werman that her statement seems forced.

Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai's retraction 'comes off as highly staged,' journalist says
People holding up In Memoriam signs during a rally

Montréal Massacre anniversary: The media must play a key role in fighting femicide

In covering femicide, media have a leading role, not only in awareness and education generally, but in actively shaping the construction of attitudes and beliefs that can help prevention efforts.

Montréal Massacre anniversary: The media must play a key role in fighting femicide
A woman surrounded by other people writes on a white placard

Protesters in India call for justice for Dalit women who are victims of sexual violence

Rape and sexual violence have been under the spotlight in India since the 2012 gang rape and killing of a 23-year-old student on a Delhi bus, which sparked massive protests and inspired lawmakers to order the creation of fast-track courts dedicated to rape cases and stiffen penalties for those convicted of the crime.

Protesters in India call for justice for Dalit women who are victims of sexual violence
Protesters chant slogans against the government's decision to withdraw from Istanbul Convention

Hundreds protest Turkey’s withdrawal from treaty to prevent violence against women

On July 1, Turkey formally withdrew from the Istanbul Convention, designed to protect women against violence, claiming a section on sexual orientation and gender identity counters Turkey’s “family values.”

Hundreds protest Turkey’s withdrawal from treaty to prevent violence against women