- A public education plan to demonstrate that rape is a tool of war (not only a crime of war, but also a strategic tool). This plan includes testimony from and partnership with survivors of modern wars from Bosnia to Darfur.
- An action plan to push for the creation of legal, diplomatic, and public interventions to ensure the United Nations, international tribunals, and other agencies with power will understand the gender-based threats as a tool of genocide and will design protocols to intervene and halt gender-based genocide.
WMC’s Women Under Siege project is funded by contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations. We are not funded by the U.S. or any other government.
Selected media mentions:
“A fantastic organization. I urge our viewers to follow you on Twitter because your organization very regularly puts out fascinating reports—depressing—but very interesting to read and stay in touch with.” —Hala Gorani on CNN International, January 10, 2013
“There are so many powerful stories on the Women Under Siege website,” –Xeni Jardin on BoingBoing, “The invisible genocide of women,” February 14, 2012
“A site worth watching… .The new site states its mission bluntly; Women Under Siege looks to be a project with an edge. But there is another reason to visit the Web site: its original content.” —C.J. Chivers on the New York Times’ “At War” blog, “What We Are Reading: Women Under Siege,” February 9, 2012
“With both the silencing and shame of rape victims a global phenomenon, I found this project moving and inspirational. Go and have a look.” —Jane Martinson on The Guardian’s “Women’s Blog,” “Why has it taken 65 years to recognise that rape is a weapon of war?” February 9, 2012
“[Stories] are also just stories. Can they change the lived reality of women in conflict zones and misogynistic cultures? Can they leverage implementation of dormant laws and cajole corrupted law enforcement officials out of their jobs? That remains to be seen. But at least perhaps a global chorus of voices and first-hand experiences is a step in that direction.” —Jessica Mack on RH Reality Check, “The Launch of “Women Under Siege:” A Journalistic Megaphone For Victims of Sexual Violence,” February 8, 2012
Ms. Magazine, “Future of Feminism: Ending Rape as a Tool of War,” Aviva Dove-Viebahn, March 2, 2012
The Independent (UK), “Women under siege: The use of rape as a weapon of war in Syria,” Sima Barmania, June 19, 2012
Reuters, “Rape, assault are weapons of war in Syria – rights group,” July 11, 2012
Time magazine, “Is the Syrian Regime Using Rape as a Tactic of War?” July 12, 2012
CBS News, “Syria forces reportedly using rape, sexual torture in fight against opposition,” July 12, 2012
Corriere della Sera, “Lo stupro come arma di guerra in Siria,” July 12, 2012
Al-Arabiya, “Rape, assault are weapons of war in Syria,” July 11, 2012
The Jerusalem Post, ”Crowd-sourced map highlights rape by Syrian army,” July 14, 2012