The Human Impact

Celebrating women’s rights around the world

March 10, 2014

To mark this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD), we have gathered contributions from the likes of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, the executive director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) who writes that “there is still not one country in which women and girls are equal to men in political or economic power,” and that ” for far too many women and girls, the ability to live a healthy and productive life free from violence remains an aspiration.”

Gender violence in EU lowest in Poland – should we rejoice?

March 6, 2014

Poland is the country with the lowest rate of violence against women in the European Union (EU), according to a report published on Wednesday.

“Tiny number of men” tackle gender violence – male activist

February 27, 2014

You are out with a group of friends at a bar and you see a male friend groping a woman.

The pain is far worse than childbirth – FGM survivor

February 7, 2014

Britain has announced new measures to tackle the hidden crime of female genital mutilation making it compulsory for doctors and nurses to record FGM cases. London community worker Sarian Karim Kamara, who underwent FGM as a child in Sierra Leone, told me how it has affected her life and why midwives are on the frontline in efforts to end the brutal practice.

Italian men seek help to stop battering wives and partners

December 2, 2013


Alberto, a metalworker in his mid-thirties from a town in northern Italy, would sometimes get so furious arguing with his wife in the car that he would drive into a tree “just to shut her up”.

“Widespread misogyny” root of online abuse–victim

September 5, 2013

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – After weeks of online harassment, rape threats and insults, Caroline Criado-Perez struggled to eat, sleep or work, she told a London conference on cyber stalking and harassment this week.

Italy acid attack victim fights back to regain her smile

July 25, 2013

Lucia remembers a hooded man running away. “He looked at me for an instant, I saw he was holding a can…”

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.

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.

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.