(Los Angeles) – Dozens of transgender women, including asylum seekers who have come to the United States seeking protection from abuse in their home countries, are locked up in jails or prison-like immigration detention centers across the country at any point in time, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Many have been subjected to sexual assault and ill-treatment in detention, while others are held in indefinite solitary confinement.

March 23 (Reuters) - A charitable foundation run by billionaire Warren Buffett's youngest son on Wednesday said it will spend $90 million to improve the lives of girls and young women of color in the United States.

The NoVo Foundation, created in 2006 by Peter Buffett and his wife, Jennifer, said its seven-year commitment is the largest by a private foundation to address inequities facing female minorities in the country.

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A “survivors’ bill of rights” has been introduced in Congress, with a similar version working its way through the Massachusetts State House. Seven states are considering similar legislation.

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Rape can be a weapon of choice for armed groups, and it has the power to destroy entire communities – as well as individual victims' lives – and instill fear across regions.

There has been a growing international focus on sexual violence in conflict and what can be done to end this crime, but how much do we actually know about it?

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Democratic Republic of Congo's Jean-Pierre Bemba became the highest-ranking politician convicted by the international war crimes court on Monday, when it judged him responsible for a campaign of rape and murder in Central African Republic.

Bemba, who served as vice president from 2003 to 2006, failed to discipline or restrain his Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC) soldiers as they rampaged through the neighboring country in 2002 and 2003, the International Criminal Court's presiding judge, Sylvia Steiner, said.

President Obama is here to support women in fight against sexist online harassment.

WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - One in five people worldwide report having paid a bribe for land, with rates even higher in sub-Saharan Africa where women say they are forced to trade sex for property rights, according to research by a top global anti-corruption watchdog.

With women increasingly involved in agriculture in Africa, their livelihoods become more vulnerable to such sexual extortion, according to a report by Transparency International presented on Wednesday to the World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty.

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Violence and abuse of older women is often going unchecked, the lack of data and effective legislation leaving them at risk, campaigners said on Wednesday as they called on the United Nations for stronger action to tackle the issue.

Research by HelpAge International – a group focused on promoting the rights of older people worldwide – has shown that women aged over 49 are often excluded from statistics on violence, leaving them "invisible".

A new campaign will work with governments and community leaders to raise awareness of the importance of rape survivors receiving sufficient care in the hours after an attack.

Survivors of sexual assault have just 72 hours to try to prevent HIV infection and 120 hours to receive emergency contraception.

But military leaders have in recent years tried to address problems of sexual misconduct at the three prestigious academies, and new government data indicates they may have made progress. The total number of reported sexual assaults, according to the Department of Defense, nearly tripled in the past seven years, peaking at 91 during the 2014-2015 school year. Women made 80 of those reports and men made 11.


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