The Human Impact

Does marriage stop prostitution? Indian village thinks so

April 26, 2012

Is marriage a guarantee that a woman won’t be prostituted?

It’s a question that played heavily on my mind recently when I went to the remote village of Wadia in India’s western region of Gujarat to cover a mass wedding and engagement ceremony of 21 girls, which was aimed at breaking a centuries-old tradition of prostitution.

Undernourished and anaemic – the plight of India’s teen girls

April 26, 2012

The U.N.’s latest report on the state of the world’s 1.2 billion adolescents gives food for thought, especially on the plight of India’s girls aged between 10 and 19.

Anthropologist criticises raids “rescuing” sex workers

April 22, 2012

In an Istanbul conference room of sex workers and women’s rights experts, a black and white silent film sparks waves of laughter.

Art brings solace to sexually abused Filipino women

April 21, 2012

Worldwide, women battle patriarchal systems daily to own what is rightfully theirs, be it their right to land or household finances – as highlighted by delegates at the world’s largest global women’s rights conference in Istanbul this week.

Expert urges unity in dialogue over water security

April 19, 2012

Disconnected approaches to water security are hindering efforts to launch more effective talks on providing universal access to fresh water and sanitation, an expert said at an international conference this week.

Do climate change funds neglect women?

April 19, 2012

People funding initiatives to tackle climate change effects would channel money towards the worst-affected people, right? And towards those who play key roles in mitigating the effects of climate change?

Safer water, sanitation could save 2.5 mln lives – WaterAid

April 16, 2012

The lives of 2.5 million people could be saved every year if governments committed to universal access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation, charity WaterAid has said.

Cash aid transfers should be standardised – report

April 16, 2012

Aid agencies and donors should develop a “tool box” for the use and distribution of cash transfers to improve effective aid delivery, according to a new report from the Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP).

Fernanda’s story: The dark side of the Guatemalan baby trade

April 15, 2012

“Finding Fernanda: Two Mothers, One Child and a Cross-Border Search for Truth (Cathexis Press 2011).” It is journalist Erin Siegal’s chronicle of the terrible personal cost to two families ensnared in the corruption and human trafficking that fueled the Guatemala’s booming adoption industry until 2008.

Insecurity hinders aid distribution in northern Mali

April 12, 2012

As Mali tries to restore order after the recent coup, a key challenge for the interim civilian government will be getting aid to people as the country verges on a humanitarian disaster.