On March 24, 2021, many Minnesotans were shocked to learn that state law does not punish the sexual violation of a victim who became intoxicated by drinking voluntarily. The Minnesota Supreme Court, in State v. Khalil, determined that the criminal-sexual-conduct statute applies only if the intoxicant was administered without the victim’s agreement. They overturned Mr. Khalil’s conviction and started a firestorm among members of the public and the … Continue reading Sexual Assault Bill Moves Through Minnesota Senate: Needs Your Support
The recent shootings in Atlanta reveal what happens when racism and misogyny converge in tragedy. We often see only one issue (racism) while ignoring the other (misogyny). Yet the murder of women because they are women, known as femicides, is rampant. Every hour, six women are murdered by a man somewhere in the world. In the United States, an estimated 1,840 women were murdered by men and boys in 2018. And in Georgia, 74 women were killed by men during that same year. Despite the sky-high numbers, we don’t read … Continue reading Racism and Sexism in the Atlanta shootings: Must It Be An Either/Or?
“Turkey’s sudden and unwarranted withdrawal” from the Istanbul Convention said U.S. President Joe Biden “is deeply disappointing” and “ is a disheartening step backward for the international movement to end violence against women globally.” In the early hours of Saturday, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan issued a surprise decree withdrawing Turkey from the European treaty … Continue reading Outrage as Turkish President Erdoğan Withdraws from the Istanbul Convention
As the coronavirus spreads throughout the U.S., and across the globe, more and more people are being ordered to stay home. Yet, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), “home” is the “most dangerous place for women.”1 For victims/survivors of domestic violence, the ability to leave home to go to safe, public … Continue reading Supporting Victims/Survivors of Domestic Violence during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic
Women’s human rights defenders are celebrating an overdue breakthrough in prosecuting sexual assault and harassment. Former film producer Harvey Weinstein was sentenced in New York to 23 years in prison on Wednesday, March 11 for his two sexual assault convictions. He faces additional charges in Los Angeles. Many who work against sexual violence see a … Continue reading Following Harvey Weinstein’s Sentencing, the message to the Rest of the World’s Prosecutors: “Just Try It!”
During my time interning with the International Justice Program at The Advocates for Human Rights, I conducted research on violence against women in Mexico. What I learned through my research represents one of the most troubling cases of human rights infringements, as the State condones impunity for perpetrators. In 2007, the government of Mexico passed … Continue reading Absence of Justice for Women in Mexico