For scores of girls in Laos’ Hmong ethnic minority community, the beginning of marriage means being abducted from school, or ripped from their beds by groups of young men. An embedded tradition, many girls expect it, and often know their captors, who avoid marriage payments…

Amid stricter immigration controls, a lingering family separation crisis, and a continued flow of children crossing the border alone, kids are ending up in government custody “far longer than they ever have been”—and they’re getting younger, write Vivian Yee and Miriam…

The Indonesian government now shackles and confines fewer people with mental health conditions. It’s a promising development, but the practice—banned since 1977—persists in communities and institutions. Following up on a 2016 report that found thousands of people with…

Infanticide is the second most common reason women in Senegal are behind bars. While in China and India killing newborns is a mode of gender selection favoring boys, in Senegal the practice is more closely linked to shame, stirring complex trauma and justifications, writes…

Two activists have been awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts “to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict,” the Nobel committee announced today. Yazidi human rights activist Nadia Murad shares the prize with Congolese gynecologist…

The Indonesian government now shackles and confines fewer people with mental health conditions. It’s a promising development, but the practice—banned since 1977—persists in communities and institutions. Following up on a 2016 report that found thousands of people with…

HIV prevalence in Nigeria is about 4%. But among gay men and MSM this figure is more like 30% with untold numbers of men—and the women they marry to avoid suspicion—unaware of their status.   Stigma means that many will not seek health services, while a lack of training for…

Addressing the skepticism swirling around Christine Blasey Ford's testimony last week that US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh assaulted her, Monica Hesse delivers a reality check: Many survivors hide their trauma to protect loved ones.  

Commercial surrogacy was banned in Cambodia in 2016 but high demand from wealthy Chinese people pushes the practice into illegal markets. In efforts to disband illicit agencies, Cambodian police are arresting the surrogates themselves—mainly low-income women unaware of the…

Hundreds of women in Malawi die each year due to the government’s strict anti-abortion law. The country has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, but a new bill set for parliamentary debate is looking to upend the 157-year-old law, which permits abortion…