Success! Minister Responds to ‘Corrective Rape‘ Campaign

Success! Minister Responds to ‘Corrective Rape‘ Campaign

We did it again! In the course of just two months, a tiny group of relatively disempowered women fighting rapists from a safehouse in the townships of South Africa have managed to force the minister of justice, one of the country’s most powerful men, to go on record acknowledging ‘corrective rape’, expressing his “very deep concern” about it and responding to their demands.

Israeli Leader’s Guards Force Arab Journalists to Strip

Israeli Leader’s Guards Force Arab Journalists to Strip

Each year Israel’s prime minister invites high profile international journalists to a cocktail party. But when Arab journalists and their friends showed up for this year’s gala they weren’t exactly welcomed with margaritas. Instead, they were forced to take off their bras or strip.

Top 10 Human Rights Victories of 2010

Top 10 Human Rights Victories of 2010

It’s been an energetic year for human rights organizing across the globe. Activists from disparate communities have increasingly turned to Change.org to hold everyone from multinational corporations and international institutions to local officials and companies accountable for their actions…

Victory! DC Lobbyist Drops African Despot as Client

Victory! DC Lobbyist Drops African Despot as Client

Last week it was revealed that Laurent Gbagbo, the illegitimate president of the Ivory Coast who has refused to step down after losing presidential elections, had hired high profile DC lobbyist Lanny Davis to punt for him. Davis was indignant against extensive media criticism over his choice of clients, but after Change.org members stepped in, Davis had a change of heart.

Interview: South African Corrective Rape Activists

Interview: South African Corrective Rape Activists

Last month a tiny group of lesbian activists posted a petition from a safehouse in a township of Cape Town, South Africa calling on the Ministry of Justice to declare ‘corrective rape’ a hate crime. Their petition has since become the most popular Change.org petition of all time. Ndumie Funda, the one-woman leader of the group, says she is overwhelmed by the campaign’s success.

Elected Out of Office? No Problem, Call a DC Lobbyist

Elected Out of Office? No Problem, Call a DC Lobbyist

You’ve reached your term limit as president. You’ve nonetheless forced the country into elections and then lost big time. Everyone and their mother is calling for you to step down. What do you do? Call a famous Washington lobbyist and see if exorbitant amounts of money from one of the poorest countries on earth can pull a few strings.

Christmas Victory! World’s Youngest Imprisoned Blogger Released

Christmas Victory! World’s Youngest Imprisoned Blogger Released

Navid Mohebbi, the youngest blogger ever arrested, was released by Iran on Christmas Day! While governments and mainstream media have paid little attention to Navid’s case, A Safe World for Women has led the way, using Change.org to pressure senior UN human rights officials into advocating for Navid’s release.