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.  

Abortion has been legal in Italy for decades, but willing gynecologists are getting harder to find in this deeply Catholic nation. The number of Italian gynecologists who refuse to perform abortions climbed from 58.7% in 2005 to 70.9% in 2016.  

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.