The Human Impact

India’s surrogacy tourism: exploitation or empowerment?

October 4, 2013

In a globalised world where everything at home is becoming more costly, outsourcing your needs to a third party thousands of miles away for less money makes a lot of sense.

Why the India gang rape verdict doesn’t bring closure

September 23, 2013

In life she had one name. But in death she has many. Some call her “Nirbhaya”  meaning fearless in Hindi, others refer to her as “Amanat” meaning treasure or “Damini” meaning lightening.

How old is old enough to be jailed for gang rape and murder?

September 3, 2013

The crime was horrific, the case shocking, and the trial long. Yet when the much anticipated first verdict in the high-profile Delhi gang rape case was pronounced in India over the weekend, there was no jubilation, just outrage.

Child rape victim jailed in India: A journalist’s “immunity” breaks down

July 4, 2013

Her story is like so many I have heard in my years of reporting on the plight of girls and women in India.

Postcard from Brazil: A woman free in Rio, not in Delhi

May 29, 2013

I have lived in the Indian capital for several years and, like many other women in this metropolis of 16 million, I soon learned how to deal with the lecherous stares and dirty comments, the drunken men in cars who follow my auto-rickshaw home from work at night.

Extreme measures to “protect” daughters in India

May 16, 2013

Gurpreet Singh is a determined man. But he is an even more concerned father.

The 32-year-old investment adviser is leaving India and migrating to Australia. There is nothing new in that — tens of thousands of professional Indians emigrate every year.

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.

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.

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.

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).