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Dissent Magazine

Colin Vanderburg

17 April 2018

New York, New York, United States

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The use of drones as tools of surveillance and military violence are a fixture of America’s foreign policy. However it is very difficult, due to secrecy and a lack of media coverage, to understand the scope of their u...

The New Humanitarian (formerly IRIN)

Pesha Magid

17 April 2018

Mosul, Iraq

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In a post-war Iraq, a salon has become a gathering place for women to share their stories of trauma, and heal. “The salon is necessary. For women to continue, they need it. Women must have it.”

The Marshall Project

John J. Lennon

9 April 2018

Attica, New York, United States

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1,875 cameras and 915 microphones is what it took to change a culture of abuse in Attica State Prison, notoriously known as one of the worst places to serve time in amongst prisoners. Since the installation of the cam...

Pacific Standard

Molly McCluskey

5 April 2018

Sacramento, California, United States

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Solitary Confinement on youth can be extremely emotionally damaging. The practice is also costly, and can lead to expensive lawsuits. Yet, a slew of states and youth detention centers are trying to reduce the time you...

The New Humanitarian (formerly IRIN)

Emmanuel Freudenthal

29 March 2018

Nigeria

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Who Was In Command, is a database that publishes the “names, ranks, and command responsibilities of security forces in Nigeria, Egypt, and Mexico.” That’s because when security forces use excessive force, and commit h...

NPR

Alix Spiegel

21 March 2018

Mogadishu, Somalia

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With the extremist group Al-Shabab active in the country, music has been a source of trauma for Somalis with music banned in Shabab controlled territory and musicians assassinated. A reality show centered around music...

Waging Nonviolence

Lisa Fuller

9 March 2018

Sri Lanka

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In Sri Lanka, tensions are rising between Sinhala Buddhist nationalists, and the small Muslim population. Islamophobic attacks have unfolded against Muslims, but most Sri Lankans not only refuse to engage with violenc...

Christian Science Monitor

Howard LaFranchi

14 February 2018

Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

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All-female police units in Jaipur are patrolling hotspots for sexual harassment and gender-based violence, such as bus stops and parks. Among the first in India, these units, as well as all-women police stations, are ...

Apolitical

Odette Chalaby

12 January 2018

Colombia

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Colombia’s 2016 peace accord has a chapter on gender and sections specifically responsive to women’s needs, such as an affirmation of women’s right to own land and the establishment of a special unit to investigate co...

CNN

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

4 December 2017

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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We rarely think of Female Genital Mutilation, which is the total or partial removal of the external female genitalia, as an economic practice. It’s often thought of in cultural terms. However, that’s exactly what Sele...

News Deeply

Katie Arnold

17 November 2017

Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

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A large ethnic cleansing campaign in Myanmar leading to rape and unsafe conditions of women has resulted in an increase in female refugees to Bangladesh. A center run by the United Nations Population Fund is a place ...

News Deeply

Katie Arnold

16 November 2017

Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

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Hundreds of thousands of women and girls have fled from Northern Myanmar's military ethnic cleansing to Bangladesh, often having suffered rape and gender violence. The United Nations Population Fund center is a place ...

The Guardian

Gabriela Jones

Lucy Lamble

8 November 2017

Colombia

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The rights of victims are at the center of Colombia’s peace agreement. These rights include those to reparations, justice, non-repetition, and truth. This choice - as well as investment in education, health, infrastru...

Al-Fanar Media

Christian Locka

27 October 2017

Bangui, Central African Republic

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Since 2000 an estimated 550 children have been trained by the Union of Technicians for Unemployed Young People, a group that is trying to reintegrate child soldiers back into society. It’s not uncommon for child soldi...

Bright Magazine

Linus Unah

17 July 2017

Nigeria

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One Nigerian couple is committed to ending female genital mutilation, or the practice of removing a women’s external genitalia. Gift and Augustine Abu travel all across Nigeria to end FGM, which can sometimes lead to...

The National

Ismail Einashe

1 June 2017

San Chirico Raparo, Italy

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Italy has had a huge influx of migrants, many of whom are placed in rural areas and struggle to create their new life. An Italian theatre company 'Teatro delle Albe' has helped migrants integrate by including both Ita...

WTTW-PBS

Brandis Friedman

25 May 2017

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Two years after the city of Chicago approved reparations for the dozens of men tortured by a squad of police, one part of the plan, the Chicago Torture Justice Center, opened as a provider of mental health counseling ...

Hyperallergic

Yates McKee

17 May 2017

New York, New York, United States

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As a hunger strike was taking place among political prisoners in Palestine, the New York City-based project Visibility Sustains the Struggle created art in solidarity with strikers and raised awareness around the issu...

TVO

Meera Vijayann

18 April 2017

London, Ontario, Canada

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Volunteers all over Canada are working hard to implement the Canadian government's mission to resettle 12,000 Yazidi refugees. A large part of the plan focuses on mental health support for this heavily-traumatized pop...

OZY

Priyanka Borpujari

17 March 2017

Junquillo, Morazán, El Salvador

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Even in the face of rampant violence, corruption, and poverty in El Salvador, hope rises for youth in the form of TuYulu ("our hearts") batucada workshops. The organization promotes and encourages young groups of mu...

BBC

Martha Lane Fox

15 January 2017

Tunisia

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Tunisian women have more rights than any other Islamic country. Since their revolution in 1956, the country has led the Arab world in establishing rights for women. Since then, legislation is still being pushed forwar...

The Guardian

Priyanka Borpujari

12 December 2016

India

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Sexual violence is a huge problem in India. The mobile apps and online maps created in response aren’t helping. Why? The tools are unreliable, not integrated with government services, and don’t address the cultural dy...

LA Weekly

Jessica Langlois

21 September 2016

Los Angeles, California, United States

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The recent revival of feminism, in tandem with increased awareness about violence and sexual abuse, and combined with the power of social media to organize activist groups, is helping various advocacy groups address t...

The New York Times

Sonia Nazario

11 August 2016

San Pedro Sula, Honduras

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The gang-driven violence in Honduras has caused thousands to migrate to the United States. In the last three years, with emergency international aid from the United States, Honduras has experienced a 62 percent drop i...

The Washington Post

Michael Alison Chandler

18 June 2016

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Trauma impedes a child's ability to learn as well as making them overly stressed, for children growing up in violent neighbourhoods this translates into poor academic performance. Some schools are now turning to mindf...

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