For decades, Nepali children, mostly girls, have been sought by Indian circuses for their fair skin and beauty.
Often sold to traffickers by their parents, the children are enticed with stories of beautiful new clothes, a glamorous and exciting life, the chance of an education and a regular wage.
Children, sometimes as young as five years old, have been taken and, in some cases, never seen again. An NGO, The Esther Benjamins Memorial Foundation, works to rescue them.
The traditional notion in India is that domestic violence happens in slums.
Domestic violence activists are working to break that myth.
Rizana Nafeek is a Sri Lankan immigrant maid. One day, when Rizana was left alone to bottle-feed, the baby started choking. Rizana was 17 at the time...
Prach Vothy, a single mother of two living with HIV, is struggling to make ends meet.
Food for herself and her family is often little more than a bowl of boiled water lilies – one of the cheapest items in the local market.
Did you bring medicines, an old woman asked. When I said no, she asked, Why did you come here then?
There were no boys, only women and girls to carry our luggage.
The women carry 50kg of rice on their backs. The food aid is like a punishment from God
"In the case of the four rapes that were reported last month, our members interviewed the rape survivors. We have video footage of the interviews and the testimony of the villagers."
Funding from Austria helps Nepalese students.
RUWON Nepal has been working in the partnership with DKA Austria to teach children and youth in Nepal about their rights and gender equality issues.
This is Chhaupadi, the Nepalese practice of segregating menstruating women from their houses and men.
A practice that was outlawed by Nepal's supreme court in 2005
Noorjahan Akbar: The story of education in my family begins with my paternal grandmother, Bibi Jan, whom I did not know very well. She died when I was five, before the Taliban took control and my family left Afghanistan for Pakistan... After six years of refuge, we returned to Kabul in the winter of 2001. The city still smelled of bullets and bombs.
Women and our families have long been burdened by the crisis of poverty.
20 years ago she founded the Nepal Youth Foundation, which amongst other things helps to rescue young Nepalese girls from indentured servitude
Clara Boxall from Safe World interviews Olga about her work
UN Dispatch interview with Noorjahan Akbar
..Here in Afghanistan, people believe a woman belongs to her house or her grave. People say that; it’s a common saying.
Harassment is a threat to women’s participation everywhere in the country and if want more women participating in public life, we need more voices of support....