The Human Impact

Lack of toilets, clean water costs world $260 bln each year – Liberia president

January 31, 2013

Poor access to sanitation and clean water costs the global economy $260 billion each year, according to Liberia’s president who is leading work to craft proposals for a new set of global anti-poverty goals.

Toronto S-21 photo exhibition urges vigilance against genocide-curator

January 30, 2013

Black-and-white photographs of 103 inmates of a secret prison in the Cambodian capital propel viewers into a complex confrontation with genocide.

Notes from weather-battered eastern Mindanao

January 30, 2013

A loud bang woke me. I realised after a few seconds it was the sound of the long bamboo pole that held down the tarpaulins sheltering me banging against the balcony outside my room with ferocious force.

Feminism alive and kicking in Germany as #aufschrei campaign makes waves

January 29, 2013

A boss who offers a female employee to work sitting on his lap because there is no desk available for her;  a guest who tells the waitress he wants to eat “pussy” when she asks him what he’d like to order; a man who wonders why a woman works in computing even though “she is pretty”.

IF campaign to end hunger seems a bit iffy

January 25, 2013

By Maria Caspani

Techno music and revolving images of hungry babies were among the most disheartening, not to say disturbing aspects of the event that kicked off the ‘Enough Food for Everyone IF’ campaign at London’s Somerset House this week.

PHOTOBLOG: Women in India’s capital resort to self-defence after gang rape

January 22, 2013

Women in India’s capital Delhi are gearing up for self-defence little over a month after a 23-year-old student was raped on a private bus in the city and left dying on a highway.

Over to you: experts take water development goals debate to Web

January 21, 2013

An inspired Facebook update or a 140-character tweet could play a key role in shaping global development plans.

Looking ahead to 2013: what stories will make the headlines

January 12, 2013

Journalists working for Thomson Reuters Foundation’s AlertNet and TrustLaw news services cover humanitarian issues, climate change, women’s rights and corruption around the world. We asked the team to highlight some of the stories on their radar in 2013.

PHOTO BLOG: Senegalese women battle sexism on football pitch

December 21, 2012

Streets, squares, parliament buildings and judicial courts have served as the stage for old and new struggles for women’s rights and gender equality.

Public fury over gang-rape in India: Let’s keep up the pressure

December 21, 2012

So perhaps at last India has woken up to the daily abuse that its girls and women face.