The Human Impact

Actor, dressed as woman, feels Egypt’s sexual harassment

May 10, 2013

Would men stop sexually harassing women, or at least understand what it feels like to be verbally and physically abused, if they were to experience it themselves?

Could there be another female F1 driver? Susie Wolff thinks so

May 3, 2013

When Susie Wolff first got behind the wheel of a race cart as a young girl, the experience didn’t give her the thrills.

India’s drought: A natural calamity or a man-made one?

May 2, 2013

It’s that “Will they? Won’t they?” time of year in India. The annual monsoon season is due and – given that the country’s mostly rain-fed agriculture makes up 15 percent of gross domestic product, with hundreds of millions of Indians dependent on it – these rains are a serious business.

Egyptian police blamed for inaction in wave of sexual attacks

May 2, 2013

Attacks on female demonstrators in Cairo’s infamous Tahrir Square in recent months have forced the issue of sexual assault back on the agenda in Egypt, with victims and rights groups accusing the authorities of inaction.

Disasters, emergency aid and the “third gender” in Nepal

May 1, 2013

When cyclones, tsunamis, earthquakes and other disasters strike, women and children, the elderly and disabled are usually reported to be those most affected and most vulnerable.

Saudi Arabia launches first campaign to stop violence against women

May 1, 2013

 Saudi Arabia has launched its first visual campaign against the abuse of women, designed to encourage female victims to come out of hiding and to have a global impact at a time of change in the kingdom.

“Urinating in dams” to solve India’s drought? Minister faces backlash

April 14, 2013

As India’s western state of Maharashtra reels from the worst drought in over four decades and millions of people face the risk of hunger, a top official has sparked outrage with a crass, insensitive joke that he should urinate in the region’s empty dams to solve water shortages.

Fiery activist persuades Gambia to ban FGM

April 12, 2013

Gambian rights activist Isatou Touray has dedicated her life to ridding her country of female genital mutilation (FGM). In return she has received death threats, been imprisoned and suffered repeated harassment.

Margaret Thatcher – Iron Lady but not feminist icon

April 10, 2013

Margaret Thatcher is famously on record as saying she didn’t think there’d be a woman prime minister in Britain in her lifetime. She, of course, eclipsed her own expectations and became the country’s first, and so far only, elected female leader.

A devastating fire displaces an already displaced population

April 10, 2013

In early March, I visited two refugee camps along the Thai-Myanmar border to report on the challenges facing refugee women and girls and was struck by the enthusiasm of students I met in Ban Mae Surin, a camp set in a remote but picturesque setting along the Mae Surin river.