The Human Impact

Transporting bras to help sex-trafficking survivors

February 15, 2013

A cast-off bra can do more to change the world than you might think.

CNN Freedom Project, which shines the spotlight on the perils of modern-day slavery and human trafficking, aims to show us how in a 30-minute documentary airing on Feb. 15, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. EST on the CNN television network.

UNDP’s Helen Clark: balancing water, food, energy key to post-2015 goals

February 13, 2013

Global development goals due to replace current anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when they expire in 2015 could be unified by a concept that calls for an integrated view of economic growth and development, said Helen Clark, head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Strong Arms Trade Treaty could help prevent use of child soldiers-Amnesty

February 12, 2013

Although it is a war crime to conscript or use child soldiers under age 15 in active hostilities, the practice continues in at least 19 countries, Amnesty International said on Tuesday, citing the charity Child Soldiers International.

Menstruation taboo puts 300 mln women in India at risk – experts

February 11, 2013

More than 300 million women and girls in India do not have access to safe menstrual hygiene products, endangering their health, curtailing their education and putting their livelihoods at risk, say experts at the Geneva-based Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC).

Think local on post-2015 U.N. global water-security goals – study

February 8, 2013

Policymakers debating water security must consider how the world’s most vulnerable people cope with variable access to water or the next global development goals will fail to lift rural areas out of poverty, say the authors of a new study.

New data show fall in female genital mutilation – UN agencies

February 7, 2013

Changing attitudes have resulted in a decline in female genital mutilation in Africa and the Middle East, where the practice is most prevalent, according to United Nations data released on Wednesday.

Q+A – Child-friendly toilets key in fight to improve global sanitation

February 6, 2013

If toilets meet children’s needs, this will keep them in school longer, reduce the spread of life-threatening diarrhoeal diseases and help meet development goals, according to the charity Water For People.

New interactive web atlas pinpoints water risk hotspots

February 1, 2013

A new online mapping tool for monitoring global water resources will improve water-risk management by showing patterns of water stress, flooding, drought and areas of water access, its creators say.

Lack of toilets, clean water costs world $260 bln each year – Liberia president

January 31, 2013

Poor access to sanitation and clean water costs the global economy $260 billion each year, according to Liberia’s president who is leading work to craft proposals for a new set of global anti-poverty goals.

Toronto S-21 photo exhibition urges vigilance against genocide-curator

January 30, 2013

Black-and-white photographs of 103 inmates of a secret prison in the Cambodian capital propel viewers into a complex confrontation with genocide.