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The case of Saba Qaiser and the film-maker determined to put an end to ‘honour’ killings

The case of Saba Qaiser and the film-maker determined to put an end to ‘honour’ killings

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy is a documentary film-maker whose 2012 film about acid violence, Saving Face, made her the first Pakistani to win an Academy Award. This year, she is nominated again for A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, which tells the story of 19-year-old Saba Qaiser, from the Pakistani province of Punjab, […]

Yemeni child bride, eight, dies of internal injuries on first night of forced marriage to groom five times her age

Yemeni child bride, eight, dies of internal injuries on first night of forced marriage to groom five times her age

An eight-year-old child bride has died in Yemen of internal bleeding sustained during her wedding night after being forced to marry a man five times her age, activists have claimed. The girl, identified only as Rawan, died in the tribal area of Hardh in northwestern Yemen, which borders Saudi Arabia. Activists are now calling for […]

I was a child soldier. Now I’m pushing for more support for survivors like me

I was a child soldier.  Now I’m pushing for more support for survivors like me

I spent seven years in the bush in Uganda, a child soldier, held captive by an armed group and forced to become the “wife” of a rebel commander. My best friend was killed in front of me. My baby died before it was born. But I escaped, and believe speaking out about my experiences is […]

The Continuous Stripping and Dehumanising of Sarah Baartman

The Continuous Stripping and Dehumanising of Sarah Baartman

Baartman, at the age of 17, was shipped to Europe during the 19th century and exhibited at freak shows under the name Hottentot Venus. (The term “Hottentot” is an offensive term used to refer to the Khoisan people). “She was a victim of egregious human trafficking. For every hour of degradation and humiliation she suffered […]

What Sex Means for World Peace

What Sex Means for World Peace

In the academic field of security studies, realpolitik dominates. Those who adhere to this worldview are committed to accepting empirical evidence when it is placed before their eyes, to see the world as it “really” is and not as it ideally should be. As Walter Lippmann wrote, “We must not substitute for the world as […]

The case of the disabled professor imprisoned in India

The case of the disabled professor imprisoned in India

New Delhi, India – It was January 2 and the residue of  the new year celebrations still hung in the New Delhi air. But for a group of students, academics and activists converging on the streets of the capital, the mood was anything but celebratory. The anger at this rally in solidarity with GN Saibaba, a wheelchair-bound […]

Domestic Help Gets Fixed Minimum Wages And Working Hours

Domestic Help Gets Fixed Minimum Wages And Working Hours

In a first such initiative, the government of Rajasthan has enforced fixed minimum wages for domestic help and has set limited working hours. The move comes after the state labour department’s notification dated December 21, 2015, which had mentioned the implementation of labour reforms in the unorganised sector. “Domestic workers were included in Scheduled 27 […]

Kenya Leads Globally on Ending FGM, But Challenges Persist

Kenya Leads Globally on Ending FGM, But Challenges Persist

Kenya is about to mark the international day of zero tolerance for female genital mutilation (FGM), at a time when the country has taken many steps forward. However, while overall rates of FGM in Kenya are declining, the prevalence of medicalization of FGM is increasing. According to the Kenyan Demographic and Health Survey (KDHS) 2014, […]

2 former child brides just took their country to court — and won.

2 former child brides just took their country to court — and won.

In Zimbabwe, a country where an estimated 31% of all girls are forced into marriage by the time they turn 18, something unprecedented just happened. Two former child brides led a successful campaign to get child marriage banned. Loveness Mudzuru and Ruvimbo Tsopodzi, who are just teenagers themselves, called on the Constitutional Court of Zimbabwe […]

5 Kashmiri women who won’t let you forget Kunan-Poshpora mass rape

5 Kashmiri women who won’t let you forget Kunan-Poshpora mass rape

SRINAGAR: Five young Kashmiri women have worked relentlessly for three years to comprehensively document one of the worst crimes against humanity committed by the Indian armed forces in the Valley: the mass rape of more than 30 women in Kunan-Poshpora villages of Kupwara in 1991. The fruit of their labour, ‘Do You Remember Kunan-Poshpora’, was […]