In the current and unprecedented global refugee crisis, women face unique challenges that are often hidden or ignored.
Those forced to flee their homes to escape violence often face grim options. Resolving to leave their war-torn homelands, and leaving everything and everyone they know behind, is hard enough. The prospect of entrusting their lives and that of their loved ones to smugglers or embarking on perilous voyages to strange countries is terrifying. For women, especially those fleeing alone, there is additional danger. Their entire journey is plagued by the ever-present threat of sexual violence. Continue reading: Time.com
Update: the author, Margaret Huang, is the new Executive Director for Amnesty International USA. Please click on the link above and read her excellent and important article.
We all have the right to make decisions about our own health, body, sexuality and reproductive life, without fear, coercion, violence or discrimination. But all over the world, people’s freedom to make these decisions is controlled by the state, medical professionals, even their own families. Read more: Amnesty International USA