Gloria Steinem on Rape in War, Its Causes, and How to Stop It

Lauren Wolfe
The Atlantic
February 8, 2012

It doesn’t matter where you look; sexualized violence is intrinsic to conflict. Qaddafi’s soldiers committed rape in the last days of Libya’s regime. The Egyptian military has been sexually violating female journalists and protesters in that revolution. Across the Democratic Republic of Congo, hundreds of thousands of women are suffering the fallout of the sexualized violence that has torn apart their bodies, their families, and their communities.

A new project from the Women’s Media Center, initiated by one of its founders, journalist and activist Gloria Steinem, has begun documenting this tool of war and genocide. From the Holocaust through today, Women Under Siege is illuminating the causes as well as the cures of sexualized violence by uncovering patterns and making links between them.

As the director of Women Under Siege, as well as a journalist myself, I interviewed Steinem about sexualized violence in conflict and what needs to be done to understand and stop it.

To read the full interview at, click here.


A poster in Monrovia, Liberia, encouraging women to seek assistance if they have been raped (Keystone)

Rape as a Weapon of War

May 17, 2011

Media reports are becoming more disturbing by the day as we learn how rape is being used as an everpresent tool of war against women.

The following links represent some of the current stories in the media:

Libya Troops Using Rape as a Weapon?   May 17, 2011

STUDY: 1,152 Women Raped Everyday In DRC Totally Free May 12, 2011

Congo Study Sets Estimate for Rapes Much Higher  The New York Times May 11, 2011

STUDY: Estimates and Determinants of Sexual Violence Against Women in the Democratic Republic of Congo