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violence against women

Nov 16, 2013 — Women and girls are at increased risk of violence during humanitarian crises. But resources to address that often come after the initial disaster response. This week, aid groups and governments pledged to do something about it.
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Sep 13, 2013 — The brutal attack shocked the nation and led to changes in India's laws about violence against women and sexual assault.
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Sep 10, 2013 — In a case that grabbed international attention, a 23-year-old Indian woman died last year after she was brutally raped aboard a moving bus in New Delhi.
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Sep 10, 2013 — After a young woman and her male friend were lured onto a bus by the promise of a ride, she was gang raped and he was beaten. The woman later died. The crime shocked Indians, sparked protests and led to new laws about sexual offenses. The four men who've been convicted may be executed.
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May 31, 2013 — A young woman's question prompted an eloquent answer from the actor, who spoke of the abuse his mother suffered and the role men must play in stopping such cruelty. "Violence is never, ever a choice that a man should make," said Stewart.
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Feb 28, 2013 — Yet again, a small number of Republicans joined the Democratic majority to pass a Senate bill, provoking handwringing from Conservative members.
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Jan 22, 2013 — One of the men accused in the case that has provoked outrage across India has asked that the trial be moved out of New Delhi. The December rape and killing of a young woman put a harsh spotlight on the issue of violence against women in India.
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Jan 8, 2013 — From interviews with her friends and family, The Wall Street Journal adds some details to the life of a young woman whose gang rape and death has shocked India and much of the world.
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Jan 3, 2013 — The men could get the death penalty if convicted. A sixth accused, who is said to be 17, will be tried separately. Their victim was raped, beaten and left for dead. The crime has led to protests and a renewed debate about women's rights in India.
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Dec 29, 2012 — As thousands of candles glow at a somber scene in a central Delhi park on Saturday, there is quiet, sober reflection in India about the tragic end of a young woman who has come to symbolize violence against all women in India.
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