The Nepalese government updated its ban on menstrual huts last August, attaching new penalties to the practice. The custom of chaupadi is linked to Hindu beliefs that deem menstruation “spiritually polluting,” writes Danielle Preiss. Despite the ban, the custom persists in…

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.

Opposing mining operations in South Africa brings heavy consequences, according to a Human Rights Watch report. While some attacks on activists make international headlines, many go unreported. In protesting mining activities that they believe dismantle their communities,…

There’s a saying: “Statistics are human beings with the tears dried off. As somebody who is responsible for building empathy for people forced to flee their homes, I really don’t like statistics,” Melissa Fleming, chief spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees…

Child marriage is entrenched in Nigeria’s Becheve community: Girls as young as 10 are sold as “money wives” to older men. Recently, boys in the large tribe that encompasses 17 villages have been helping their fathers transact business  by using Facebook to post photos of “…

Nonprofits and volunteer doctors are emptying their coffers and working overtime to compensate for a lack of coordinated health response at the US-Mexico border. "The care we are providing we could never have foreseen — or imagined spending what we are spending," said Ana…

As of yesterday, extramarital sex, gay sex and abortion are punishable by stoning death in Brunei. The brutal new law took effect yesterday despite widespread international condemnation and calls to boycott Brunei-owned luxury properties like the Beverly Hills Hotel. Rape…

In the face of persistent violence against hospitals, medical personnel and patients, 3 years ago the UN Security Council adopted a resolution reaffirming long-held norms of respecting and protecting health care in conflict and calling for concrete steps on prevention and…

For transgender people in Japan, surgical sterilization is required for their gender to be legally recognized. That has to stop, Human Rights Watch said in a report released yesterday.