The Human Impact

Q+A: Turning London family planning summit into action

July 12, 2012

By Maria Caspani

LONDON (TrustLaw) – A major summit on family planning held in London on Wednesday secured enough funding to extend contraception to 120 million women in the developing world who want it but cannot get it.

How can contraception cut child deaths?

July 10, 2012

LONDON (TrustLaw) – It’s well known that good family planning vastly reduces the risk of women dying from pregnancy complications and helps prevent miscarriages and still births.

Rape hotline a lifeline for Haitian women

July 6, 2012

BOGOTA (TrustLaw) – A 24-hour hotline for survivors of sexual assaults and rape is proving a lifeline for Haitian women and girls, in a country known for its high levels of sexual violence.

Asylum tales: London museum hosts a tour with a twist

June 28, 2012

What connects a brass medallion to Leonardo da Vinci’s diary, a Japanese sake kettle and an ornate wooden pulpit that once belonged to the Sultan of Qa’itbay?

UK MPs investigate child marriage

June 28, 2012

By Maria Caspani

LONDON (TrustLaw) – An unknown number of girls in Britain are married before the age of 18 each year, with many sent to their family’s country of origin to get married over the summer break, according to the chair of a parliamentary inquiry on child marriage.

Aid workers praise Tunisian generosity to Libya refugees

June 20, 2012

In early 2011 Tunisians hung a handwritten banner over the main street of the market town of Tataouine reading: “Welcome to our Libyan brothers”.

VIDEO BLOG – ‘Scarlet Road’, the hidden side of sex work

June 16, 2012

By Maria Caspani

SHEFFIELD, England (TrustLaw) – Can sex work ever be a good thing or even do some good?

IOM hopes landmark trial will help stem child trafficking from Haiti

June 14, 2012

When authorities from the Dominican Republic raided several houses in a poor residential neighbourhood last year in the capital city Santo Domingo, they found 44 children crammed in rooms, some sitting on the floor, others huddled under beds, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Human rights group urges access after Papua violence

June 14, 2012

An international rights group is urging Indonesian authorities to allow foreign media and civil society groups access to its Papua island following violence which has left at least 14 people dead since May.

Foreign “land grabs” risk draining Africa dry, warns report

June 14, 2012

By Emma Batha

In the James Bond film Quantum of Solace, the power-hungry villain wasn’t seeking to control supplies of gold or oil but another commodity that some argue could one day be far more precious – water.