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."
Bloomer Publishing created a site with informantion and resources
for rape and sexual assault survivors including a page for survivors
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
Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Violence in 2003 (PDF) The National
Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) has released its 2003 domestic
violence report. NCAVP is a network of 27 anti-violence groups that monitor
and respond to incidents of bias, domestic, HIV-related, and other types
of violence affecting the LGBT community.
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.
Peace at Home is a human rights agency dedicated to stopping domestic
violence. They provide education and intervention programs and offer resources
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
Datos Feminicidio es un recurso enfocado sobre la violatión y matanzas
de mujeres que enfocan en Iberoamérica y el Caribe (is a resource focused
on the violation and killing of women focusing on Latin America and the
Physicians for Human Rights have published an online report entitled "Rape
as a Crime of War: A Medical Perspective". Since 1986, PHR members
have worked to stop torture, disappearances, and political killings by
governments and opposition groups; to improve health and sanitary conditions
in prisons and detention centers; to investigate the physical and psychological
consequences of violations of humanitarian law in internal and international
conflicts; to defend medical neutrality and the right of civilians and
combatants to receive medical care during times of war; to protect health
professionals who are victims of violations of human rights; and to prevent
medical complicity in torture and other abuses.
Center for PTSD, Rape
of Women in a War Zone Fact Sheet Describes traumatic effects of rape.
The Center has other information on posted.
The Women's Caucus for Gender Justice in the ICC is committed to the
development of equal and appropriate gender policy in the international
criminal court treaty.
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.