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Rebecca Solnit’s Men Explain Things To Me is out today! Get the new feminist instant classic that the Boston Globe says “hums with power and wit" and that Entertainment Weekly calls “brilliant” for 25% off with code SOLNIT25 http://bit.ly/LVh4np

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Thousands of women are being illegally held in Iraqi prisons, where they suffer torture and other forms of abuse, including sexual assault, Human Rights Watch said Thursday. HRW said that women in Iraqi prisons — the vast majority of whom are Sunni — have reported being beaten, kicked, and slapped, given electric shocks, and raped, while others have been threatened with sexual assault, sometimes in front of male relatives.

When he raped me, I wasn’t in a position where I could have cried for help. He would have killed me. Later, if I would have reported him, they [Khmer Rouge cadres] would have killed him, but they would have also killed me
Rys Yamlas, a villager who was raped 35 years ago by a Khmer Rouge soldier and recently came forward to give public testimony about the attack.  For the full story, courtesy of IRIN, see “Khmer Rouge sexual violence survivors break silence
It still hurts, but letting the world know about my story makes me feel better.
Rys Yamlas, a villager who was raped 35 years ago by a Khmer Rouge soldier and recently came forward to give public testimony about the attack.  For the full story, courtesy of IRIN, see “Khmer Rouge sexual violence survivors break silence
A court in South Africa sentenced a man to serve two life sentences for the rape and murder of 17-year-old Anene Booysen. Her injuries were so horrific that the doctors who treated her required counseling.

A court in South Africa sentenced a man to serve two life sentences for the rape and murder of 17-year-old Anene Booysen. Her injuries were so horrific that the doctors who treated her required counseling.

I have a daughter. Both my husband and I proudly served in the Army, and we have told our daughter of our experiences. I want my daughter (and all children) to consider serving in the military. But how can I ask her to enter the military knowing that her chances of being sexually assaulted are one in three, compared to one in six in the civilian world? Women in the military are more likely to be assaulted by another servicemember than killed in combat.
Donna McAleer, a West Point graduate, army veteran, award-winning author, speaker, and member of the Defense Advisory Council on Women in the Military at The Best Defense | FOREIGN POLICY
The New Delhi rape and murder of Jyoti Singh Pandey, the 23-year-old who was studying physiotherapy so that she could better herself while helping others, and the assault on her male companion (who survived) seem to have triggered the reaction that we have needed for 100, or 1,000, or 5,000 years. May she be to women — and men — worldwide what Emmett Till, murdered by white supremacists in 1955, was to African-Americans and the then-nascent U.S. civil rights movement.

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Reports of a man beheading his sister in an apparent honor killing in India have garnered attention recently.

On Dec. 7, 29-year-old Mehtab Alam dragged his sister out onto the street, cut off her head in one stroke and walked to a police station with her head in his hand. The Times of India said it was the first honor killing to happen in Kolkata in decades.

Read more: Man beheads sister in broad daylight in India

The horrific news came as Indians protested in favor of stronger safety measures for women, after the 23-year-old victim of a brutal gang rape died last week.

India wasn’t the only country in the news for women’s issues.

In the United States, for the first time in 18 years, Congress did not reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.

House leadership chose to let the bill expire, balking at new provisions that would extend protections to undocumented immigrants, Native Americans and LGBT individuals.

In Indonesia, the city of Lhokseumawe ruled that female passengers are only allowed to ride side-saddle.

But after all that bad news, here’s a look at what women did achieve in 2012:

A year in women: notable female achievements of 2012, from Malala to Hillary