Mapping Violence on the streets of Paris

On the 24th of February, I took to the streets of Paris with a huge sandwich board on my body. The red and black letters painted on the front sandwich board said: “What would you think of me if  I told you I was raped?” , – just imagine people’s faces when they saw me…

Introducing the Mapping Violence Project

Dear friends and followers! A bit over a month ago, I have learned that my team and I have gained an amazing opportunity to shoot a documentary on the topic of violence committed against women. Our 12-minute documentary aims to reveal the deeply embedded causes of gender-based violence by juxtaposing interviews conducted from all over…

Food for thought: Kenya widows fight sexual ‘cleansing’ practise (video)

A group of women in western Kenya is fighting “widow-cleansing”, a traditional ritual practiced by Luo ethnic communities in some of the poorer, more rural areas of the country. The ritual requires women to have sex – often with strangers – when their husbands die. The men who “cleanse” them are sometimes HIV-positive and do…

Fighting prostitution in Kigali

What are the ways out of prostitution? How to help someone quit the streets, and more importantly how to keep them from having to return? Orignial article by Yvan Ngabiwe, published in Family Magazine, accessible here. A recent training in Kigali, provided by the Holy Nation Revival Church was trying to achieve just that. Thirty-four women…

The Dynamics of Re-Victimisation, a study by Janie Leatherman

  “In pre-conflict periods, the intensification of nationalist or other patriarchal ideologies (religious, ethnic, racial, and so forth) are used to mobilize and polarize members of society, and draw tighter boundaries between in and outgroup/s. This kind of rhetoric often relies on using the symbol of the women as the “mother of the nation,” and…

Food for thought for today

“In endless ways, the violence of powerful men plays havoc with our souls. It makes us complicit in acts of mutual destruction (…) This is why I’d like to get my thumbs on the throat of Harvey Weinstein. It’s not just that creeps like him drove my mother off the stage. It’s that in the…