From human trafficking to wartime rape, violence against women is a widespread and persistent human rights and humanitarian problem. Wilson Center Fellow Alison Brysk provides context on the scope of the problem, root causes, and possible solutions.

Alison Brysk is the Mellichamp Professor of Global Governance at UCSB. She is the author or editor of 10 books on human rights movements, globalization, transitional justice, women's rights, indigenous rights, symbolic politics, and human rights foreign policy. Brysk has been a Fulbright Scholar in Canada and India, and a Visiting Scholar at universities in Argentina, Ecuador, France, Japan, the Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, and Sweden. Her new study of communication politics in two dozen human rights campaigns, "Speaking Rights to Power," will be published by Oxford University Press.