Female genital mutilation/cutting rates have seen a “huge and significant decline” among African girls in the last 2 decades, according to a new BMJ Global Health study.   The steepest decline was in East Africa, where FGM prevalence dropped from 71% of under-14 girls in…

In 1981, Mauritania became the last country to dissolve slavery but did not criminalize it until 2007. Today, there remain some 90,000 exploited Mauritanians—2% of the population—though authorities deny existence of the practice. Slavery is entrenched in the culture, class…

Thousands of Tanzanians fear arrest after an official called on the public Monday to report gay people, pledging that a special team would “get their hands on them” next week. By Tuesday, Paul Makonda, a Dar es Salaam regional commissioner, said he had already received 5,…

NUNAVUT—89-year-old Eenoapit Sageatook remembers starting her days with a breakfast of Canada goose or duck eggs and later filling up on cooked or raw meat.

This year marks 30 years since the “Hargeisa Holocaust”—when Somali dictator Siad Barre massacred some 200,000 Isaaq tribespeople. The US played a considerable role, and Paul Manafort was doing Barre’s PR. People still live among skeletal remains from some 200 mass graves,…

Violence has been an everyday reality in Somalia since civil war erupted in 1991. Amid the shape-shifting war, “clan conflict gradually morphed into an all-out war against… al-Shabab”—with “a disposable front line” of child soldiers. The attendant trauma is impossible to…

Teen and unintended pregnancies in the US have reached historic lows—a striking fact that manifests as important “non-news” in the lives of many young women. But access to affordable or free contraception is increasingly at risk. In the past year, the US government has…

The Trump administration may legislate transgender out of existence with its biggest effort yet to narrowly define gender according to genitalia at birth, the New York Times reported Sunday. The move would overturn Obama-era education and healthcare protections for…

Eliminating violence against women means banishing the medically unnecessary, traumatic practice of of so-called “virginity testing,” the UN said in a statement at the World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics in Rio de Janeiro.

Think slavery is a shameful relic of our past? Think again. Some 40 million men, women and children are forced into labor today—from different races, and for different reasons, writes Loughborough University’s Catherine Armstrong in The Conversation.