2018 has been a year for “shining a light in dirty, dark corners,” in terms of the harassment and inequality of women in the US, says physician Katherine Sherif. The movement is perhaps also helping to surface chilling stories of medical negligence and oversight in women’s…

Catholic church leaders covered up decades of child sexual abuse committed by over 300 priests in Pennsylvania, who were named Tuesday in a damning, 1,400-page grand jury report. One victim suffered severe spinal injuries from years of being raped by a priest as a teenager…

In our summary Wednesday of a TIME article ahead of Argentina’s abortion ruling to reject expanding abortion rights, we should have clarified that only Cuba, Uruguay, and part of Mexico allow elective abortions; abortion is banned completely in 6 countries (…

Argentina’s Senate votes today on legalizing abortion up to 14 weeks of pregnancy, with ramifications for women’s rights across the region.   Across Latin America and the Caribbean, only Cuba and Uruguay allow abortion; Argentina and Brazil allow abortion only in cases of…

The UN goal to end forced labor and modern slavery by 2030 feels more elusive than ever, with at least 40 million people trapped in forced labor or marriage.   The vast majority are women—but more children and men are falling prey, Thomson Reuters Foundation reports.  

Once the reserve of elderly women, witchcraft accusations in the Niger Delta shifted to children in the 1990s. Accused children have been forced to drink cement, poisoned and burned alive, Marc Ellison reports. By 2008, estimates show 15,000 children had been branded in 2…

Facing a no-confidence motion in parliament, Narendra Modi’s government defended its record on improving the lives of women, citing harsher rape sentences and a clean cooking initiative. Yet the administration has not addressed low political participation among women,…

The British Foreign Office’s latest human rights report—released this week—glaringly omits the country’s complicity in grave humanitarian crises, from Yemen to Myanmar to the West Bank. The annual report “no longer signals Britain’s virtue,” writes Peter Oborne. “Instead,…

World leaders recognized family planning as a human right 50 years ago, but 214 million women still lack safe and effective family planning.  

Pregnant women in US immigration detention are being denied medical care, shackled, and abused in detention centers in southwestern states, Buzzfeed reports.   Last December, the Trump administration quietly ended an Obama administration–era directive against detaining…