As Sierra Leone was in the throes of the 2014 Ebola crisis, there was an alarming uptick in adolescent pregnancies.   The number of 15-19-year-old girls who were pregnant or already mothers more than doubled from 30% to 65%. Myriad factors contributed: Quarantined Ebola…

MINUSTAH—the notorious UN mission in Haiti—was mired in controversy over sexual abuse allegations against uniformed staffers.   But little is known about the children they left behind—the “Petit MINUSTAH”—and their families.   Researchers interviewed some 2,500 Haitians…

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets this weekend ahead of today’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.  

Hundreds of schoolboys in Afghanistan have been abused by a pedophile ring in the country’s Logar Province. Some were killed by their families when videos of the abuse surfaced on Facebook. One student said a teacher built a private room he used to molest boys; another…

One of the many horrors inflicted on the Rohingya people by soldiers from Burma (Myanmar) isn’t talked about: Male rape. Widespread sexual violence against women and girls has been documented in the genocide that drove more than 700,000 Rohingya from the country beginning…

There are 11,000 sex workers in Sonagachi, the largest red-light district in Kolkata, India. How to keep their children safe? Sociologist Urmi Basu founded an organization called New Light to cares for the children and helps them avoid a life of sex work. The staff of 35…

Boys as young as 10 are entering the illegal gay sex trade to survive in cash-strapped Zimbabwe. Decades of corruption economically marred the country, which has recently been further crippled by Cyclone Idai. Now, the Social Welfare Department estimates some 4,700…

In Benin’s commercial capital Cotonou, scores of young Nigerian girls wait to be sent to their new husbands, their families paid small dowries in exchange for their daughters. “But nobody knows the real intentions of the men who ‘commissioned’ these girls. Or if they exist…

19-year-old Nusrat Jahan Rafi was burned to death in Bangladesh after she reported her school’s headmaster for sexual harassment, police say.

Rape is a national emergency in Sierra Leone, President Julius Maada Bio declared last week; he outlined ambitious plans to stem the crisis.   Bio declared sex with a minor punishable by life imprisonment, ordered free health care for rape victims, created a special police…