Human Right's Watch
is a national organization that investigates and exposes human rights
violations around the world and demands that abusers be held accountable.
They recognize women's rights as a pressing global issue and are working
to raise awareness of women's human rights violations. Their website offers
eye-opening articles and calls to action.
is committed to documenting human rights violations around the world.
They provide video equipment and field training to grassroots activists
allowing them to film human rights atrocities in their countries. Witness
also helps in the editing and distribution of the videos. They have produced
a number of videos on women's human rights, including "Operation Fine
Girl: Rape as a Weapon of War" about the abuse of women during the war
in Sierra Leone.
Women of Color Against Violence "is a national activist organization
of radical feminists of color advancing a movement to end violence against
women of color and their communities through direct action, critical dialogue
and grassroots organizing."
Equality Now an international human rights organization dedicated
to action for the civil, political, economic and social rights of girls
Center for Research on Women
US Department of State's Trafficking in Person's Report, June 2005
Domestic Violence Crisis Line is a national organization with an international
outreach for women and children suffering from abuse overseas.
Phone: 1 866 US WOMEN
Violence and Armed Conflict: United Nations Response. Published by
the United Nations Division for the advancement of women, the report examines
the history and future of UN involvement in preventing rape during war.
Rights Watch World Report 2004 offers a series of analytical and reflective
essays on the theme of human rights and armed conflict. It particularly
deals with problems of sexual violence and failures in many countries
to provide women and girls with protection and redress.
International "campaigns to free all prisoners of conscience;
ensure fair and prompt trials for political prisoners; abolish the death
penalty, torture and other cruel treatment of prisoners; end political
killings and "disappearances"; and oppose human rights abuses by opposition
groups. " Amnesty International has a history of publishing eye opening
articles about sexual violence through out the world. For example, "Scarred
bodies, hidden crimes"
is an article posted on Amnesty's news page describing the magnitude of
violence against women in armed conflict in Colombia.
Indicates Gender-Related Violence Is Global by
Jordan Lite, Women's Enews (internal link). The World Health Organization
recently released a report saying that violence is often "predictable
The Center for Women's Global Leadership at Rutgers University has
initiated several policy and advocacy campaigns linking violence against
women with human rights.
The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) acts as a catalyst
within the UN system, supporting efforts that link the needs and concerns
of women to all critical issues on the national, regional and global agendas.
UNIFEM supports numerous projects and initiatives throughout the developing
world that promote the political, economic, and social empowerment of
World Health Organization's Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI)
aims to create dialogue about rape, sexual violence and sexual torture
through out the world, where it is used as a weapon of war and means of
Center for PTSD, Rape
of Women in a War Zone Fact Sheet Describes traumatic effects of rape.
The Center has other information on posted.
Human Rights Resources from the Bora Laskin Law Library at the University
Human Rights Databank is a source for information and articles concerning
human rights issues.
about 85 percent of
cases, sexual assaults
occur between people
who know each other."
Source: Diana Russell,
The Prevalence and Incidence of
Forcible Rape and Attempted Rape of Females, Victimology: An International
Journal 7, 1-4 (1983).