Widows in many African cultures are subjected to dehumanizing cultural and ritual practices passed off as mourning rites.
I conducted in-depth interviews in Zimbabwe to find out more about persisting social norms on sexual and reproductive health and rights there and who upholds them.
Organizations like APHIA, Tunza, and Jhpiego have worked in urban slums communities to help women access quality health care information and services, including family planning.
“I wish I had been born in my grandmother’s time.” Those words continue to haunt me weeks after my visit to Egypt, where I participated in a U.S. State Department-sponsored professional exchange program for civil society groups working on women’s rights. These 10 words were spoken to me by Mona, a 22-year-old woman living in […]
Dr. Denis Mukwege, founder of Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, raged against his community, international NGOs, the government and Congolese men—all of whom in his view do nothing to prevent the atrocities and devastation still being perpetrated on women in Eastern Congo today. “Why is no one standing up to protect the women and children? Where […]
The word “hero” is used far too often today. It seems as though we bandy the word around for actions that should be considered normal human behavior. In my travels to Congo with Jewish World Watch, however, I have had the honor to meet several of the real heroes in the world. Some of these […]
In the new documentary Shout Gladi Gladi, narrated by multiple Academy Award-winner Meryl Streep, filmmakers Adam Friedman and Iain Kennedy focus their lens on the women of war-torn Sierra Leone and Malawi, who suffer from an affliction many in their communities describe as a fate worse than death: obstetric fistula. Obstetric fistula—which occurs during days-long obstructed labor—is a […]
The rescue of hundreds of Nigerian women and girls from terrorist group Boko Haram received more press coverage than the human rights of women and girls are generally allocated. But what wasn’t included in that coverage is how the U.S. is actively denying those same women and girls the medical care they desperately need. Many of those rescued […]
In the Winter 2015 issue of Ms. we introduced readers to an Ethiopian-made film titled Difret, produced in part by Angelina Jolie. The film tells the true story of an Ethiopian girl who, after being victimized in the 1990s by the local discriminatory practice of telefa, or marriage-by-abduction, killed the man who had abducted and raped her. The […]
A version of this article previously appeared on the Panzi Foundation website. When I first began working to combat mass atrocities in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), I was a recovering academic. I had left a PhD program at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies with an MA, all-but-dissertation, driven by […]