Bill Cosby and his enablers

Long before the Black Lives Matter movement raised the problem of immoral police (and vigilante) violence, African Americans grappled with its reality and the seemingly impenetrable logic which undergirds it. The mind reels at the justifications proffered for killing a 12-year-old child, or the calculation that finds an officer raining blows on someone’s grandmother, or…

Swedish police accused of covering up sex attacks by refugees at music festival

Sweden’s prime minister has condemned a “double betrayal” of women after allegations that police and media covered up sexual harassment by recent immigrants at a music festival in Stockholm. Meanwhile, reports have emerged of attacks on women in Malmö on New Year’s Eve. Groups of refugees molested concertgoers at We Are Stockholm, Europe’s largest youth…

Sexual violence won’t end until states plug ‘gaping’ legal hole, says expert

A “gaping hole” in international law is allowing governments to ignore their commitments to end gender-based violence, according to the former UN special rapporteur on the causes and consequences of violence against women. Rashida Manjoo said states are not held fully accountable for ending violence because there is not an international treaty compelling them to…

Tanzanian lawyers say up to 50 women divorced for defying husbands in vote

Up to 50 women in Zanzibar have been divorced for taking part in the recent Tanzanian elections against the will of their husbands, according to lawyers and women’s rights campaigners. Mzuri Issa, coordinator of the Tanzania Media Women’s Association in the semi-autonomous Zanzibar archipelago, said 47 women were divorced for voting contrary to their husband’s…