The Human Impact

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.

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.

Feminism alive and kicking in Germany as #aufschrei campaign makes waves

January 29, 2013

A boss who offers a female employee to work sitting on his lap because there is no desk available for her;  a guest who tells the waitress he wants to eat “pussy” when she asks him what he’d like to order; a man who wonders why a woman works in computing even though “she is pretty”.

PHOTOBLOG: Women in India’s capital resort to self-defence after gang rape

January 22, 2013

Women in India’s capital Delhi are gearing up for self-defence little over a month after a 23-year-old student was raped on a private bus in the city and left dying on a highway.

PHOTO BLOG: Senegalese women battle sexism on football pitch

December 21, 2012

Streets, squares, parliament buildings and judicial courts have served as the stage for old and new struggles for women’s rights and gender equality.

London Olympics: The sex-trafficking event that wasn’t

November 28, 2012

Media reports predicting that London would be overrun by women trafficked to Britain to service spectators with sex during the Olympics reinforced negative stereotypes and diminished the complexity of trafficking, an expert has said.

iPhone app helps UK strip-club dancers know their rights

October 25, 2012

A new iPhone app offers workplace tips for strippers to help them protect themselves against financial exploitation, abuse and a lack of safety.

U.N. considers ban on female genital cutting

October 22, 2012

At seven years old, Khady Koita’s childhood was torn apart when she was pinned down and attacked by two women wielding a razor blade. The violence inflicted on her that day would change her life forever.

Female genital cutting ‘destroys women’ – Malian singer

September 24, 2012

By Maria Caspani

LONDON (TrustLaw) – “In Mali, when a girl has not been cut, it means she is dirty, she is loose,” says Bamako-born singer Bafing Kul.