“Nearly one million farmers are peacefully organizing and demonstrating, but the Indian government has responded with state-sanctioned violence, including the use of tear gas, water cannons, mass arrests and indefinite detention. These human rights abuses must end now.”
Dr. Fozia Alvi, a Canadian physician and humanitarian, is helping fight COVID-19 in the world’s largest refugee camp, where lack of resources and illiteracy exacerbate the disease’s transmission.
Alvi creates COVID-19 teams that go into the Cox’s Bazar refugee camp in Bangladesh to test and treat COVID among the displaced Rohingya, who number about one million.
Although reproductive rights are under attack around the world, there remain some bright spots for women’s reproductive rights and contraceptive access.
In the Philippines, since 2012, when reproductive rights and education were finally enshrined in law in this fiercely Catholic country, the government has committed to providing free family planning services to those living in poverty.
The Free Saudi Activists coalition sits down with Lina alHathloul—the younger sister of Loujain alHathloul, who is currently imprisoned in Saudi Arabia—to discuss the past two years of advocacy and her thoughts on the events that have transpired. What was shared provides a raw and open look at the toll this fight has taken and why public pressure is crucial as ever.
“With the pandemic and the world shifting their attention from Afghanistan, I worry that once again, Afghan women will fall into dark times. We must do what we can to prevent that from happening.”
We know that mothers across the world move mountains every day to give their children a brighter future—despite the challenges they face. They are nurturing, resilient and resourceful.
Amid the many impacts of implementing the world’s biggest lockdown, India’s cohort of adolescents (aged 10-19)—the largest in the world—face unique challenges as schools close across the country.
Today, approximately 35,000 of my fellow adoptees are living without citizenship. The thought of being banished to the country who abandoned me as an infant—without familiar language, livelihood or loved ones—is almost incomprehensible.
On March 18, the Malaysian Ministry of Women and Family Development issued a series of infographics with advice like: Don’t nag your husband. Refrain from being “sarcastic” if asked for help with household chores. Dress up and wear makeup in the home.
My grandmother had liberation feet: bound feet that had been freed halfway through the process.