The cobalt fueling every lithium-ion rechargeable battery—from smartphones to laptops—“is not awash in cerulean hues. Instead, it is smeared in misery and blood,” writes Siddharth Kara.   Kara, a Harvard School of Public Health visiting scientist, documented 31 cobalt…

For girls living in Nigeria’s Madinatu camp for internally displaced persons, many of whom have escaped Boko Haram, leaving the premises to fetch water leaves them vulnerable to trafficking and violence. But with sorely limited access to water, girls living in camps have no…

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.

For scores of girls in Laos’ Hmong ethnic minority community, the beginning of marriage means being abducted from school, or ripped from their beds by groups of young men. An embedded tradition, many girls expect it, and often know their captors, who avoid marriage payments…

Amid stricter immigration controls, a lingering family separation crisis, and a continued flow of children crossing the border alone, kids are ending up in government custody “far longer than they ever have been”—and they’re getting younger, write Vivian Yee and Miriam…

The Indonesian government now shackles and confines fewer people with mental health conditions. It’s a promising development, but the practice—banned since 1977—persists in communities and institutions. Following up on a 2016 report that found thousands of people with…

Infanticide is the second most common reason women in Senegal are behind bars. While in China and India killing newborns is a mode of gender selection favoring boys, in Senegal the practice is more closely linked to shame, stirring complex trauma and justifications, writes…

Two activists have been awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts “to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict,” the Nobel committee announced today. Yazidi human rights activist Nadia Murad shares the prize with Congolese gynecologist…

The Indonesian government now shackles and confines fewer people with mental health conditions. It’s a promising development, but the practice—banned since 1977—persists in communities and institutions. Following up on a 2016 report that found thousands of people with…

HIV prevalence in Nigeria is about 4%. But among gay men and MSM this figure is more like 30% with untold numbers of men—and the women they marry to avoid suspicion—unaware of their status.   Stigma means that many will not seek health services, while a lack of training for…