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…

19 suspects have been arrested in Uganda for allegedly aiding and abetting female genital mutilation, after local media reported that 400 women were attacked by armed gangs in the past month. Some of the victims are as young as 12, the Guardian reported. 

UNAIDS’ top brass are actively suppressing an independent report investigating sexual harassment, bullying and abuse of power at the embattled agency, according to AIDS-Free World and Code Blue. The UNAIDS governing body commissioned the report in the wake of a high-profile…

Worldwide, a third of women who’ve been in a relationship report experiencing intimate partner violence. Medical workers are often the de facto first responders, a role many are not adequately prepared for. But from England to Malaysia to South Africa, a growing number of…

It’s International Day of the Girl Child, highlighting the achievements and promise of girls like Angeline Murimirwa—who loved school as a little girl in Zimbabwe but almost didn’t get to go.

As revelations mount about sexual abuse within the Catholic church, the unspeakable abuse of children in the care of America’s Catholic orphanages remains “rarely told and barely heard,” writes Christine Kenneally. Her investigation of St. Joseph’s orphanage in Vermont…