Coming soon: Guide to Interviewing Survivors of Sexual & Gender-Based Violence

Interviewing a survivor of SGBV on video can be extremely powerful–and extremely challenging. That’s why WITNESS is developing this new resource.

Angelina Jolie Agrees, Their Voices Matter

What did Angelina Jolie notice in Our Voices Matter? Hint: It’s why WITNESS is releasing a guide on ethical interviews with survivors of sexual violence.

International Women’s Day Sees Sparse Progress in Ending Impunity

On March 8th, the world celebrates International Women’s Day. It’s a somber celebration, though: despite progress in some areas, more must be done to end impunity for perpetrators of gender-based violence.

One Million Men. One Million Promises. One Million Videos.

Men are joining the movement against violence against women like never before. The One Million Men. One Million Promises campaign is unifying their voices, and using video to amplify them.

16 Days Series: Systems of Impunity – Gender-Based Violence in the USA

As a citizen of a nation that’s infamous for policing other countries’ human rights abuses, I rarely examine the abuses enabled by the discriminatory structures of the United States criminal justice system. So when I was asked to compile a video playlist for WITNESS’s participation in the global campaign 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, I began to think about the lack of introspection amongst Western voices critical of gender-based violence.

16 Days Series: Revealing Rape – How to Illustrate a Crime

Women describe their rapes from behind black face scarves in videos on our site that documents sexualized violence in Syria. We have no photos of women whose faces aren’t covered. We have few photos of survivors of rape even with their faces covered. Sometimes these women hide themselves for religious reasons or for safety—for fear of retribution for speaking out—but oftentimes they cover themselves out of mortification. Rape has taken their cultural purity.

16 Days Series: Rape as Weapon in Political, Ethnic & Religious Conflict in Burma

Over the last half-century, the Burmese have endured a violent military regime, censorship, ethnic tension, and religious conflict. As these videos indicate, the conflict in Burma affects minority populations and their women the most.

Videos Highlight Progress and Challenges During 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

It’s a time when activists rally around the issue of gender-based violence. We challenge the power structures, perceptions and impunity that allow gender-based violence to persist, call for concrete actions to address these issues at the local, national and global levels, and demand accountability for perpetrators of this crime, along with justice and assistance for those who experience it.

“Half the Sky,” or Half the Story?

I was disturbed by PBS’s new film, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women. The two-part series is inspired by the 2010 book of the same name written by New York Times reporter Nicholas Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn. Accompanied by high profile celebrities, Kristof takes viewers on a tour of the dangers that women face in the developing world.