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He Killed a Transgender Woman in the Philippines. Why Was He Freed?

The pardon of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton by President Rodrigo Duterte is the final chapter in a case that reignited debate over old defense treaties.

“It’s Like a War Zone”: Anti-Trafficking Organizations Struggle Under COVID-19

It’s the early, pinkish hours of the morning, and Ruchira Gupta is already on the phone to a local farmer in Uttar Pradesh, India, working to persuade him to give her whatever potatoes and onions…

Seeking a decent life for domestic workers

As the head of the National Domestic Workers Council of Kudheiha, a trade union that advocates for Kenyan workers’ rights, she is the first point of contact for women’s pleas across the country and beyond.

Public Comment Ends for Proposed Changes that Eliminate Gender-Based Asylum

Trump Administration’s proposed asylum changes could end protection for women and girls fleeing domestic violence. The public comment period ends today. As the United States was busy battling the invisible enemy of the coronavirus, the Trump…

Filipino children abandoned to internet sex abusers during coronavirus

Online sexual exploitation of children in the Philippines has soared since COVID-19 began, while lockdown has robbed them of safe havens.

America’s Guns Fuel Mexico’s Domestic Violence Epidemic

Lockdowns and an easy supply of weapons have been a fatal combination for Mexican women.

A Transport Ban in Uganda Means Women are Trapped at Home with Their Abusers

Seconds after Veronica opened her eyes in the hospital, she knew who had put her there. Her body ached; her head throbbed. The night before, the 25-year-old mother-of-five was busy buying medication for her children…

The Pandemic’s Hidden Human Trafficking Crisis

For anyone familiar with the mechanisms and methods that drive trafficking, it’s obvious why rates of exploitation spike during international crises.

Coronavirus Locks Down the Philippines, but Children Face Threat of Online Abuse

Wearing pajamas and a pair of plastic slip-on shoes, the 12-year-old girl crouched in a doorway and texted a friend to say she’d run away. It was raining, and the mud stuck to her flip-flops…

For Abused Women, a Pandemic Lockdown Holds Dangers of Its Own

Early last week, as the novel coronavirus exploded from state to state, a woman called the National Domestic Violence Hotline in a crisis: Her partner had tried to strangle her and she needed medical help,…

The Movement Tackling Sexual Harassment at Kenya’s Universities

Diana perched on a brown bench in one of Nairobi University's large lecture theatres, twisting her fingers into pretzel-like shapes. She scanned the room. To her left, students waited eagerly to hear her story. To…

Gender Activists in a March Dubbed Usawa Demand Action Against GBV, Youth Empowerment, Women Land Rights

The march dubbed Usawa kicked-off at Uhuru Park’s freedom corner to President’s Uhuru Kenyatta’s office at Harambee House, where they delivered a petition on gender equality.

Childhood Lost in Darkness

With weak protections against child marriage, Bangladesh has been named one of the most dangerous countries where girls can grow up in the world.

Trafficked Nepali, Indian Women Repatriated

Five women from Nepal and India who had been trafficked into the country were repatriated to their home countries this week.

African Men Try Leading the Fight to Stop Sexual Violence

When SP le Roux began to think about the sexual violence epidemic in his home country of South Africa, he put his background as an electrical engineer and inventor to work.

Meet University Student ‘Counting Dead Women’ Around Kenya

When she is not at university, Audrey Mugeni is updating her spreadsheet. Every month, she adds more names. In one column, a grim question needs answering: ‘What killed this woman?’

In Philippine Red-Light District, an Uphill Struggle to Battle Trafficking and Abuses

The Philippines sex industry and potential for continued exploitation is indirectly aided by legislative loopholes and indifference from authorities.

Bangladesh’s Child Marriage Problem Is the World’s Human Trafficking Crisis

Approximately 52 percent of girls in Bangladesh are coerced into marriage as children and left without the support they need to protect themselves.
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