The Human Impact

Climate change: finally something to get excited about

September 21, 2014

On a muggy, warm late morning at the end of an unusually cool summer, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of New York City to demand action on climate change.

India’s greed for dowries lies at heart of many abuses against women

September 19, 2014

Bride Kalpana and groom Bhavin Munjpara exchange wedding vows inside a hospital in Ahmedabad

The customs and traditions of our forefathers – performed during festivals and on special occasions such as births, weddings and funerals – can be beautiful, reminding us of a life past.

The suicide letters that symbolise India’s misguided shame

August 29, 2014

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Shame.

It’s a word I often hear when speaking to women in India, where a combination of patriarchy, misogyny and extreme conservatism makes women feel ashamed of the crimes being committed against them.

From the sickening to the bizarre, Indian politicians still don’t get rape

August 14, 2014

A member of the Communist Party of India-Marxist uses an iPad to take pictures of a  protest rally in Kolkata

 

Covering women’s rights issues for so many years in India, I still find the number of ways women and girls are abused and discriminated against unfathomable.

Deadly Indian landslide may have been a man-made disaster

August 4, 2014

A resident looks at the debris of her damaged house after a landslide at Malin village in Maharashtra

landslide in western India that has killed more than 100 people and left scores missing may have been a man-made disaster caused by deforestation to make way for farming, experts say.

“They told me to have a sex change” – Iranian lesbian

June 30, 2014

Sara, a bright young woman studying for a masters at Tehran University, is a lesbian – but if the Iranian authorities had their way, she would change her sex and become a man.

Catch 22: Steven’s story of statelessness in Britain

June 2, 2014

Three years ago Steven walked into a police station in the British city of Cardiff and asked to be arrested even though he hadn’t committed any crime. When the police refused, he asked if it would help if he insulted an officer. They refused again.

“FGM is bad, but it’s not child abuse,” says London-born victim

May 16, 2014

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When London-born Jay was a teenager her mother suggested she join a secret women’s society in Sierra Leone. There would be a big party, new dresses and she would be treated like royalty.

Do gender and sexuality really matter anymore?

May 12, 2014
Contestants wait for the start of the annual race on high heels during Gay Pride celebrations in the quarter of Chueca in Madrid

Contestants wait for the start of the annual race on high heels during Gay Pride celebrations in the quarter of Chueca in Madrid

Frontline reflections on Guinea’s battle against Ebola

By Misha Hussain
May 6, 2014

 

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Nobody would have thought that Gueckedou, a market town in southern Guinea, was the front line in West Africa’s battle against the deadly Ebola virus.