U.N. Squad Starts Work in Mass Rape Zones

A U.N. rapid-response team for mass outbreaks of sexual violence is pulling together. Here, its leader describes his first assignment to the DRC and warns that the four-person unit, which works by government invitation, can only do so much.

Latina Salons Weather Recession Beautifully

NEW YORK (WOMENSENEWS)–Here in Woodside, Queens, Carmen Ledesma employs nine women in her Parisien Beauty Salon, a business she started 16 years ago on Roosevelt Avenue after moving to the United States from Paraguay.

Fear of Death Chills Journalism in Congo

After a murderous nine months for local reporters, three female journalists in the Democratic Republic of Congo received death threats in September. Many weeks and one national protest later, official investigators offer little hope of bringing justice.