Deployed as fighters, slaves, and informants, the number of children recruited for armed conflict has doubled since 2012, according to a new analysis marking the International Day Against the Use of Child Soldiers.

Today in Cairo, some newborn baby girls will sport blue ribbon pins that look like the Arabic word “no”—showing that their parents are saying no to female genital mutilation, Thomson Reuters Foundation reports.  

19 suspects have been arrested in Uganda for allegedly aiding and abetting female genital mutilation, after local media reported that 400 women were attacked by armed gangs in the past month. Some of the victims are as young as 12, the Guardian reported. 

For Indian airline executive ElsaMarie D’Silva, the gang rape that killed a Delhi college student in 2012 was a turning point.

Thousands more migrant children may have been separated from their families at the US’ southern border than originally believed—though the actual number is still unknown, according to a report released yesterday by Health and Human Services.

Kyrgyzstan outlawed “bride kidnappings”—women abducted and forced to marry—in 2013. The UNDP still estimates some 14% of women under 24 are captured and coerced annually, sometimes by their own female family members who may later shame them into staying in abusive…

Last night, US President Trump used his first Oval Office address to ramp up a stand-off with Democrats over his demand for a $5.7 billion steel barrier at the southern border, the BBC reported.

Human trafficking has risen to “horrific dimensions”—with children now accounting for nearly a third of the victims, a UN Office on Drugs and Crime report released yesterday reveals.  

Less restrictive abortion laws are linked to lower maternal mortality, and vice versa, according to University of Melbourne researchers. Their findings show that reforming restrictive abortion laws could lower maternal mortality and demonstrate a need for services shielding…

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.