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In Afghanistan, Climate Change Complicates Future Prospects for Peace

This article was originally published in National Geographic.  HERAT, AFGHANISTAN – As dry months turned to parched years, Fatemeh watched the crops in her northwestern Afghan province of Badghis wither and her cattle die of…

The Movement Tackling Sexual Harassment at Kenya’s Universities

This article was originally published in Al Jazeera.  Nairobi, Kenya – 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…

The World’s Mothers Are Watching Ever More Babies Die of Starvation

This article was originally published in Foreign Policy.  When 14-year-old Wounaba first found out that she was pregnant, she was excited—until the fear kicked in. For as long as she could remember, her family of…

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

This article was originally published in The Daily Nation.  A section of gender rights activists on Friday held a peaceful march in Nairobi to press for gender equality in the country. The march dubbed Usawa kicked-off at…

Childhood Lost in Darkness

This article was originally published in The Dhaka Tribune.  In her airless tin bedroom, 16-year-old Yasmin gulped back sobs and described the day she got married. She was tricked, she said. Four years ago, a…

Trafficked Nepali, Indian Women Repatriated

This article was originally published in The Daily Nation.  Five women from Nepal and India who had been trafficked into the country were repatriated to their home countries this week. The three Nepali and two…

One-Fifth of Women Don’t Know if Abortion Is Illegal in Kenya, New Study Shows

This article was originally published in The Daily Nation.  A new study by Marie Stopes Kenya showed that 20.7 per cent of women seeking abortion services in Nairobi “do not know” whether the process is…

African Men Try Leading the Fight to Stop Sexual Violence

This article was originally published in Foreign Policy.  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…

SEA Games: Foreign Tourist Surge to Philippines Sees Rising Risk of Sex Trafficking

This article was originally published on The South China Morning Post. Sixteen-year-old Julianne* was trafficked into the Philippine sex industry two years ago. She makes between US$40 and US$80 a week, which goes straight to…

Meet University Student ‘Counting Dead Women’ Around Kenya

This article was originally published in The Daily Nation.  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:…

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

This article was originally published in The Washington Post.  ANGELES CITY, Philippines — The girls onstage were numbered, not named. Silently, they shuffled in a circle around the mirrored platform in a basement dance bar;…

‘Dumped Babies Are Just the Tip of the Iceberg’: The Deadly Consequences of Curbing Reproductive Rights

This article was originally published in The Telegraph.  It’s a hot mid-August morning, and Lydia Wambui’s bright green overalls are soaked. She’s standing knee-deep in Nairobi River, using a metal rod to catch rubbish lazily…

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

This article was originally published in Foreign Policy.  First Papiya was forced into marriage at 12 years old. Then she was trafficked into sexual slavery. Her story isn’t unusual. It’s echoed by tens of thousands…

How to Make Abortion Great Again

This article was originally published in Harper’s Bazaar. On a rainy day in May, in the Polish coastal city of Gdańsk, in a high-ceilinged room on the second floor of an unremarkable building, 16 women…

What the World Loses if Turkey Destroys the Syrian Kurds

This article was originally published in The New York Times. In spring 2015, the only semiofficial way to enter the Kurdish-controlled areas of northern Syria, referred to by Kurds as Rojava, was by boat across…

The Poland Model—Promoting ‘Family Values’ With Cash Handouts

This article was originally published in The Atlantic. SOBOLEW, Poland—Andrzej and Izabela Gromuł have a lot going on, with three boys ranging from 5 to 12, and a daughter on the way. On the warm…

‘I Need the Money But I Feel Guilt.’ How a Drought-Resistant Crop Turned Women in Kenya into Reluctant Drug Lords

This article was originally published on TIME Magazine in collaboration with The Daily Nation.  Hours before dawn at Soko ya Nadhif market in Garissa, Kenya, middle-aged women in neon hijabs shout orders at men. They…

Doubts Still Linger on Kenyans’ Safety in Middle East

This article was originally by The Daily Nation on July 29th, 2019.  When Neema Khamis, 31, was offered a job in Saudi Arabia in 2014 as a domestic worker, she thought it was a dream…
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