More than 1 billion people globally—15% of the population—live with a disability, and despite efforts like the landmark Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to improve their lives, critical gaps remain, concludes a new study by the UCLA Fielding School of…

A Bahamian student stopped me in the hallway on Wednesday morning, just hours after the election results came in. “My dad called and asked if I should come home.” I teach at a small Christian university in central Indiana, a place where they should feel safe. Similar…

Forced to work 23 hours a day in a Kuwaiti home, Hazvinei Garanowako was one of hundreds of Zimbabwean women trapped in servitude in the Arabian Gulf nation before she escaped.   Severe drought in Zimbabwe means many citizens are seeking work abroad—at high cost. Rising…

Pakistan police have stepped up efforts to stop illegal organ trading following the recent discovery of 24 people held by force in a locked apartment waiting to be operated on at a nearby clinic.   Although illegal organ trafficking had slowed in recent years, officials say…

Following horror stories of forced sterilizations, India’s supreme court ruled sterilization camps—some run by the government—illegal and gave the government 3 years to shut the camps down.   While it marked a victory for human rights activists who have fought the…

Even where female genital mutilation (FGM) is common, there’s a great range of opinion about its acceptability. Swiss and Sudanese researchers, who shared their findings in Nature, realized that truth could prove crucial for human rights advocates—who are sometimes…

Among the conservative and deeply patriarchal Maasai of Southern Kenya, 28-year-old father and warrior Ole Lelein is urging his community to abandon the practice of female genital mutilation, or FGM.   Lelein disavowed FGM after attending a workshop about its adverse health…

NPR’s Goats and Soda blog continues its series on child brides with a report by Nurith Aizenman on the Veerni Institute in Jodhpur, India. Founded by Swiss philanthropist Jacqueline de Chollet, the institute provides free boarding and education for 75 girls, many of them…

Female genital mutilation is widely acknowledged as a dangerous practice that negatively impacts the physical and psychological health of women and girls. A new report from the Population Council synthesizes the most recent data on FGM from 29 countries in an effort “to…

Undocumented African migrants are falling prey to Egypt’s underground kidney trade, according to several studies cited in an article for the Thomas Reuters Foundation. The practice has flourished in Egypt where paying for a transplant procedure is legal, but buying a kidney…