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Against bystanding violence

Doing nothing  —  standing by  —  is its own violence.
Sep 26, 2016
Maurice Muyayalo Kisolu, who leads Protection de l’Enfant et des Violence Sexuelles, a civilian police unit that fights sexual violence, stands in front of his office. (Photo by Merveille Kavira Lungehe, GPJ DRC)

Civilian police group tries to curb sexual violence in Democratic Republic of Congo

Nearly 40 percent of women in Eastern DRC reported being exposed to sexual violence. Most of them said rape was the most common form of the violence.
Aug 16, 2016
Birth control pills and other forms of contraceptive are only available to Washington women with a prescription.

Could Washington follow the world in easing access to birth control pills?

Oregon and California have joined most other countries in allowing women access to birth control pills without a doctor's prescription. Is Washington next?
Feb 11, 2016
"Shame" by Satpreet Kahlon. (Photo by afrose fatima ahmed)

Seattle artist pulls beauty from the ashes of gender violence

Artist Satpreet Kahlon shows the visceral aftermath of gender violence in "What's Left Behind," on display now at Seattle's Ethnic Heritage Art Gallery.
Jan 28, 2016
One of Hamza Warsame's older sisters, Ikram Warsame, at a Dec. 10 rally in front of Seattle Central College. (Photo by Jovelle Tamayo)

A true terrorist threat: Hostility towards young Muslim Americans

A young Muslim American breaks down how hostility towards her peers hurts everyone.
Jan 12, 2016
Niyati Desai, originally from Mumbai but living in Seattle on an H4 visa, will be eligible to work in the U.S. under a new plan detailed by Homeland Security this week. (Courtesy photo)

Unable to work, spouses of H-1B tech workers find roles limiting

Thousands of tech worker spouses — many of them with advanced degrees — reluctantly give up careers because their visas don't allow them to work.
Aug 31, 2015
Esandra "Essie Charm" Hollman, Seattle photographer, pin-up model and cosplayer, is featured on the blog and forthcoming book "The Unicorn Files." The project features girl geeks. (Photo by Nate Watters for The Unicorn Files.)

‘The Unicorn Files’ busts the myth that girl geeks don’t exist

'The Unicorn Files' fights the sexist notion that girls can't be geeks with a Tumblr blog and a Kickstarter campaign for a book featuring women in geekdom.
Jun 18, 2015
Mursal Ismailzada, a student at the University of Washington who immigrated to the U.S. from Afghanistan as a child, lights a candle for Farkhunda. (Photo by Atia Musazay)

Seattle Afghan community remembers Farkhunda

Seattle Afghans gather at a vigil remember the brutal March 19 murder of Farkhunda, calling for justice in a case that has gripped the nation.
Mar 30, 2015
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Detained feminist activists in China spark worldwide support, new questions

The continued detainment of five young feminist activists in China more than three weeks later, leaves more questions to be answered.
Two children play around Chaharshanbeh Suri bonfires, a Nowruz opening ceremony the author grew up with. (Photo by Lucinda Homa Gray)

Celebrating Nowruz from London to Seattle

Ancient Nowruz traditions celebrated around the world make a big splash in Seattle.
Mar 21, 2015
A young Maasai woman with her head shaved — part of many rites of passage in Maasai culture. (Photo from Flickr by Javier Carcamo)

Alternatives to female genital mutilation on the rise in Kenya

Maasai women in Kenya are finding ways to replace 'the cut' with alternative rites of passage.
Feb 19, 2015
Rodrigo Valenzuela's "Maria TV." (Image from the Frye Art Museum)

Rodrigo Valenzuela’s ‘Future Ruins’ reminds us of the ’13th Man’

Rodrigo Valenzuela shows us the "13th Man" post-Superbowl upset.
Feb 8, 2015
Migrant domestic workers lay low on a Sunday afternoon at Victoria Park. Sundays are their only day off in Hong Kong. (Photo by Chong Kai Xiong)

Exchange connects Seattle Black liberation to Hong Kong Umbrella movements

How a transpacific exchange connects Seattle Black liberation to Hong Kong Umbrella movements.
Jan 22, 2015
The four ladies of Women of Color for Systemic Change in front of the Seattle's federal building shortly after a Dec. 6 "Black Lives Matter" protest they led. (Photo courtesy of Jazmine Monet)

Women of Color for Systemic Change leads the way for Seattle protestors

A group of four young women of color have taken the lead in Seattle to demonstrate against police brutality.
Jan 19, 2015
Solomon Lake Whatcom April 2012

The cost of family separation

Three years ago, I left my life in rural Malawi — and 15 bouts of malaria — to return to the states with my son.
Jan 6, 2015
More than 10 ethnicities are represented in one of FOCS' Southend newborn mom groups. (Photo courtesy of FOCS)

Young families of color de-gentrifying South Seattle?

Hillman City has hardly garnered the reputation of being a hotbed for community in the recent past. But change is coming.
Dec 29, 2014
Seattle BAYAN activist Jill Mangaliman rallies with locals just as a human barricade begins to form in front of the Digos City national highway on Dec. 10. (Photo by Katrina Pestano)

3-day Philippines march unites across provinces to defend ancestral land

People’s voices carry through the streets in the Soccsksargen region of Southern Mindanao, Philippines during a three-day march Seattle activists joined earlier this month.
Dec 22, 2014
Anske holding her book, 'Irkadura', about a Russian mute with special powers. (Photo courtesy Ksenia Anske)

Ksenia Anske writes her way onto Amtrak with fantasy

Ksenia Anske seems to have a respectable mantra for everything. On keeping up with the dying book industry:  “Just give it out for free.” On accepting praise: “Take the f*cking donut.” On children’s books: “Adults should read them, too!” On the digital age: “What’s everyone so stressed out about?” Most importantly, when life hands you […]
Dec 16, 2014
Eco Kargha weaver Poonam Devi prepares bobbins of silk thread, January 2013.

Upaya helps India’s ultra poor get higher-paying jobs

Extreme poverty is an unavoidable reality in India. The first time I traveled in the country — as an inexperienced and idealistic 20-year-old backpacker — I was shocked by the families living on the street, the children begging for food, the old women breaking rocks on the side of the road. I wondered what could […]
Dec 12, 2014
Dancers perform a traditional Peruvian number last December at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. (Photo by Aida Solomon)

De Inga y Mandiga rising in Seattle

It’s that time of year again. The leaves that fall have fallen, downtown is wrapped in lights and El Centro de la Raza is selling Christmas trees. For many, now is a time for family, food and holiday traditions. For artist and anthropologist Monica Rojas, it’s a time for music, education and celebration with the […]
Dec 10, 2014