Civil rights activists at a rally calling for the rescue of abducted Chibok school girls in Nigeria.
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Adolescent girls face unique challenges in times of conflict and crisis yet they are rarely consulted about how to engender peace in their communities.
Victim and perpetrator: Lord’s Resistance Army commander Dominic Ongwen at the International Criminal Court.
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Sex and gender-based offences have become an increasing focus of war crimes trials at the International Criminal Court.
Slavery and slavery-like practices exist in Australia, in the form of forced marriages, sexual exploitation and forced labour.
Burmese fishermen raise their hands as they are asked who among them wants to go home. Human trafficking sometimes occurs in the seafood industry.
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Estimates of modern slavery vary widely, whether they try to pin down numbers in the U.S., across the globe or just in certain industries.
The number of people with learning disabilities reported as at risk of forced marriage has risen.
Forced marriage is still common in some cultures, but younger generations reject it.
Even for those that escape, the stigma of refusing a forced marriage separates young women from their family and community.
Nigerian militants patrol the oil rich Niger delta region, the birth place of commercial kidnapping in the country.
Tough socio-economic conditions, among others, make kidnapping a thriving business in Nigeria. A strong justice system along with stiff punishment for the crime are needed.
Education can change girls’ lives: an extra year of education can raise a girl’s future wages by between 10% and 20%.
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Girls’ lives are still entangled in a culture whose custodians happen to be men.
The majority of people at risk of forced marriage are under 18 and female.
While some progress has been made in reducing instances of forced marriage in Australia, more needs to be done.
Another ordeal for victims of forced marriage.
One year after new laws made forced marriage illegal, our expert reviews the progress made - or lack thereof.
Praying before an IS banner in a Mosul Mosque.
In the late summer of 2014, the international community watched helplessly as Islamic State (IS) unleashed widespread human rights abuses against civilians across Syria and Iraq, with little standing in…
Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai.
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In a celebration of the rights of children, the 2014 Nobel Prize for Peace has been awarded to Malala Yousafzai, shot by the Taliban for going to school in Pakistan, and Kailash Satyarthi, who has been…
Are we being two-faced?
Both forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM) are deemed to be human rights issues, and as such, should be universally applied. From such a viewpoint, they are simply wrong – legally and morally…
Recent cases show Australia is not immune to forced marriage practices.
According to Human Rights Watch, 14 million girls are married, worldwide, each year - with some as young as eight or nine. While early and forced marriage appears most prevalent in countries of Africa…