The Human Impact

UN education goals off track, progress on gender-report

October 16, 2012

Afghanistan has overcome the biggest obstacles of any country in its efforts to educate girls, according to a new global education reportreleased on Tuesday by the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

Swift action needed in fight against child marriage – UNFPA report

October 11, 2012

Despite gains in some countries, more than 14 million girls under age 18 will be married each year over the next 10 years, a figure expected to increase to more than 15 million girls a year between 2021 and 2030, according to a new report from the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) released on Thursday.

Conway book urges united global action plan to end hunger

October 10, 2012

Global food security can be achieved for almost 1 billion chronically undernourished people by promoting strong political leadership, technological innovation, investment in smallholder farmers and efficient markets, according to a new book.

Mission head says MSF doctors need better access to Syria conflict

October 4, 2012

The growing number of refugees fleeing Syria’s civil war into Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey as the humanitarian situation worsens, is putting increasing pressure on aid agencies trying to provide assistance.

VIDEO INTERVIEW: ‘Desperate’ Syrian civilians taking up arms

September 27, 2012

PERPIGNAN, France (AlertNet) – When the uprising in Syria spiralled into bloody conflict last year, French photojournalist Mani felt the urge to document what was happening, even though wars weren’t his usual subject.

In India, rapists walk free as victims “shamed” into suicide

September 25, 2012

Of course, it’s hard to imagine being raped (and who would want to). But just for a minute try and think about it.

Female genital cutting ‘destroys women’ – Malian singer

September 24, 2012

By Maria Caspani

LONDON (TrustLaw) – “In Mali, when a girl has not been cut, it means she is dirty, she is loose,” says Bamako-born singer Bafing Kul.

The Maasai woman saving vaginas, one girl at a time

September 24, 2012

 

Watching Kenyan activist Agnes Pareyio demonstrate the three different types of female genital mutilation (FGM) on a life-size plastic vagina was an eye opener to the sheer brutality of the practice.

Syrian women face growing abuses, says opposition activist

September 19, 2012

Suhair Atassi was beaten and detained for her involvement in protests at the start of Syria’s uprising, before going into hiding and being smuggled out of the country late last year.

Tunisian constitution must enshrine equal status of women, says activist

September 19, 2012

 

Tunisian human rights activist Amira Yahyaoui recalls how, at the age of 17, she narrowly missed being shoved under a subway train. This is just one example of the threats and pressures her family faced for their opposition to the country’s then president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, who was ousted last year in a popular uprising.