For the first time, a United Nations tribunal has declared that rape is a "genocidal" crime and that sexual violence is not only limited to physical acts.
In the trial of former Rwandan village mayor Jean-Paul Akayesu, accused of presiding over the rape, murder, torture, and genocide of 2,000 minority Tutsis, one witness described the gang-rape of three Tutsi women, who were later bludgeoned to death and thrown into a shallow grave.
U.N. judges ruled that Akayesu was criminally responsible for committing sexual violence against Tutsi women because he witnessed the attacks and encouraged militiamen and police to rape and kill them.
Judge Laity Kama of Senegal stated that acts of sexual violence "constitute genocide, the same as any other act."
Women's rights group's believe that the ruling will set a precedent and make it easier to prosecute cases of war-time rape.
7/2/2015 National Portrait Gallery Honors Dolores Huerta - Feminist Majority Foundation board member and lifelong feminist activist Dolores Huerta was honored by the National Portrait Gallery last night as the first Latina person to have a featured exhibition at the museum.
Huerta is an active defender of civil rights, farm workers' rights, women's rights, and immigrant rights, and has been for over five decades. . . .
7/1/2015 Women's Rights Activists are Suing the Kenyan Government for Reproductive Rights - A woman in Kenya is suing the Kenyan government for failure to provide safe and legal abortions, which caused her daughter - a 15-year-old rape victim - to suffer a kidney failure after undergoing the procedure illegally.
Currently, there are four petitioners on the case: the mother of the survivor, the Federation of Women Lawyers-Kenya, and two other women's rights advocates. . . .