Asia-Pacific, Human Rights, Pakistan
Laws in Pakistan like the Child Marriage Restraint Act of 1929 makes it illegal for men and women under the age of 16 to get married. 21% of Pakistan’s young women under the age of 18 are forced to be child brides to men far older than them. Young girls, who are far too innocent to even understand what a marriage is, are forced into unknown terrain. Without any sex education, they allow their husbands to treat them in whatever manner they see fit simply because they don’t know their rights.
Sarah, a young girl, age 14, found out one morning that her parents filed for a divorce, and are going to live separately from now on. With no one around, she went out for a stroll in the nearest park. While on her way back, she met a friend from her school, along with two boys.
Editor's Choice, USA, World
Suicide has always been a delicate subject. While there are countries that openly discuss the topic and the factors surrounding it, numerous people still consider this territory a taboo. Some due to religious convictions, others for the fear of admitting the fact that death is sometimes a choice people make.
Asia-Pacific, Editor's Choice, Human Rights, India
Children are exploited and harassed everywhere in the world, but we don’t even have to look far to find those horrific acts among us. As with everything in this twisted society, money and influence can cover up the worst things under our nose.
One fine morning when 10-year-old Anjali woke up, she was rubbed with turmeric and showered with Neem water. Feeling all neat and tidy, she was then given the first Sari (traditional dress of women in India) of her life and a tray full of tempting sweets to gorge on. Little did Anjali know the terrible fate which awaited her the next day hence. She, like thousands of other girls, was going to become a scapegoat in the religious muddle popularized by the name of Devadasi or Servants of God.
Asia-Pacific, Editor's Choice, Human Rights, Pakistan
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Asia-Pacific, Human Rights, India
Street traffic increases every morning as people rush to go to earn their living leading to the constant honking of horns, the exchange of a few harsh words, and continuous nervous glances at watches or cell-phones, checking the time. While some are perfectly poised behind the steering wheels of glistening cars, others are swerving their motorbikes through tight spots in order to reach their small shops. Among them many children. Child labor is still plenty to be found in Pakistan.
Americas, Canada, Human Rights
Anand, a small town in Gujarat that is also known as the pioneer of Milk Revolution or White Revolution in India, has earned itself yet another reputation of “baby farm” where childless couples can get a baby. With commercial surrogacy banned in most of the countries and a hefty price tag in countries where it is allowed, likely parents from all parts of the world travel to Anand, Gujarat, to “rent a womb” for 9 months.
Human Rights, World
Ask a non-Canadian what they think of the ‘Great White North’, and they will probably cite the country’s glorious system of liberal democracy, stable and fair governance, and the cutesy antics of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, yet beneath the world’s envy of Canada lurks a tragic past which has scarred and blighted the First Nations communities, namely the “residential schools”.
It’s only on December 2th 1949 that the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others was adopted. This is why we celebrate the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, but even after all this time, too many people are still suffering from slavery. We can think of human trafficking, child labour with pitiful conditions, bonded labour, sexual exploitation, forced marriage and recruitment of children for the benefit of some groups in armed conflict.