When doctors tied her limbs and scraped the lining of her uterus without anesthesia after her miscarriage, it was “the 30 most horrible minutes of my life,” Croatian MP Ivana Nincevic-Lesandric told her colleagues in a male-dominated parliament last October.  

Japan’s elder population outpaces most countries—seniors comprise nearly 30% of citizens—and support services and social structures have not kept up with the demographic shift. Gaps in community safety nets mean many seniors are finding refuge in the criminal justice system…

Pakistan’s human rights minister, Shireen Mazari, marked Human Rights Day today with a tweet professing Pakistan’s support–just days after expelling 18 aid groups from the country for allegedly spreading disinformation.  

Thousands of women and girls are being trafficked from Burma to China, where they are forced to marry and bear children, according to a new report from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand.

Nearly 14% of the global population resides in a place other than where they were born, according to a new UCL-Lancet Commission on Migration and Health.   But migration remains a highly politicized, deeply complex issue. Damaging myths that migrants spread disease or…

Kenyan officials are being taken to court after Marie Stopes was banned from providing abortion, post-abortion care and reproductive health information. In Kenya abortion is allowed in cases where the woman’s health is in danger. Nevertheless, the Marie Stopes ban was…

In the Dominican Republic, where abortion is illegal, Human Rights Watch collected stories to illustrate the impact of the country’s no-exceptions ban on abortion: A pregnant 11-year-old girl, raped by her stepfather, with no choice but referral to prenatal care. A 16-year-…

Several thousand women—so-called ISIS widows—have been left stranded with young children after their husbands died with fighting the Islamic State.   Heavily Muslim Bosnia-Herzegovina, a top per capita exporter of ISIS fighters, is weighing the complex question of whether…

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…