The Human Impact

A tale of early marriage and the life-changing power of education

April 6, 2013

Coumba, a Senegalese girl, and her younger sister Debo are travelling back to their village for the school holidays.

New Pope praises women, Italian president ignores them

April 3, 2013

“Women are the witnesses of the Resurrection and they have a paramount role,” Pope Francis said on Wednesday in his address to tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square.

What stopped India’s “anti-rape” law from being a landmark?

March 28, 2013

So, three months after the outrage which sent thousands of Indians spilling out onto the streets to protest at the fatal gang rape of a woman on a bus in New Delhi, the country’s parliamentarians were forced to sit up and listen and approve a tough new law to curb rising sexual violence against women.

Monique Villa: Being a woman in a schizophrenic male world

March 28, 2013

This past week, chatting away at the dinner table, I was asked about one of my favorite books. My answer was swift: ‘Il Gattopardo’ -”The Leopard”- the masterpiece of Sicilian writer Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa.

India’s growing global humanitarian role: Is it enough?

March 27, 2013

India is increasingly seen as an important player when it comes to supporting nations hit by disasters or conflict, as well as for development, but given its size and influence, is it really doing enough to help resolve global crises?

Divorce may be legal in Morocco, but it’s still controversial

March 25, 2013

By Maria Caspani

A veiled woman hails a cab late at night on a deserted road in Casablanca, Morocco. As the taxi takes off, the driver asks her what on earth she is doing out alone at such a late hour.

When is rape not considered rape?

March 19, 2013

I had always thought – naively as it turns out – that rape is when a person forces another person, either physically or by using threats, to have sex and/or when there’s an absence of a clear ‘yes’.

Is the new Pope bad news for women?

March 18, 2013

As most of you probably know already, the newly-elected Pope Francis represents a lot of firsts: First Jesuit to become pope. First Latin American (or from the ‘New World’). First pope to take the name Francis.

Should we admire, love or hate Alma’s tale of violence?

March 12, 2013

There was a moment while watching “Alma: A Tale of Violence” when I wanted to hit the pause button and take a breather.

Cairo sex attack victims reveal horrors of Tahrir Square gangs

February 22, 2013

By Maria Caspani

The accounts of women sexually assaulted during protests in Egypt’s Tahrir Square are horrific not just for their sheer brutality but for the apparent level of organisation among huge gangs of assailants.