A Thai court has sentenced a woman to five years in jail for breaching the kingdom's strict royal defamation laws in the the second such conviction in days.
Nopawan Tangudomsuk was found guilty of insulting royals and breaking computer crime laws with comments posted on a popular website in 2008.
Some children in southeast Asia are trafficked into the sex trade by their families, but activists are fighting back.
The holy city of Vrindavan in India is known as a popular Hindu pilgrimage centre but it is also known as the 'city of widows', with an estimated 20,000 calling it home.
The ancient Hindu tradition of widows throwing themselves on their husband's funeral pyre to join his soul in death was banned by the British in 1829. Yet the long-held belief that a widow's fate is intertwined with that of her husband continues in many parts of India today. Many are shunned by their family and are seen as a financial drain.
By By Amir Murtaza | Asian Human Rights Commissiion: "Strict yet victim-friendly legal mechanisms are required to minimize sexual violence against women and children..."
On Friday, 22nd March 2013, fire swept through a Karenni refugee camp in Mae Hong Son, Thailand, wiping out houses, leaving almost 2,000 camp residents homeless, injuring around 200 people and killing around 30 inhabitants.
Over three days in September a series of memorial events are being held..
Sept 2013: Heavy monsoon rains, across the country, have increased the flow and level of Indus water, destroying homes. Children remain the most vulnerable part of any society...
Vilasini Ramachandra lilts through a field in delicate sandals in southern India's Kerala state, proudly pointing out the bounty she and her friends have teased from the rich earth: here the tapioca; there the elephant yams; farther afield, the turmeric.
You are businesswomen!” Dr. Selvamalar Ayadurai proclaimed with a powerful voice and strong gestures to the 17 women who gathered in RUWON Nepal's office....
Nepalese women are increasingly working abroad, which is changing family dynamics. An estimated 2.5 million Nepalese women work abroad.
Although some champion the evolution of gender roles as men take on domestic duties, some social workers say the absence of mothers negatively affects children.
"The ICEF staff heard the sounds of explosions and hurried to help the injured and answered an appeal for blood donations."
After a visit to Nepal by key members of Stella Star, it was obvious there was a need for a home for girls would otherwise be vulnerable to traffickers and other forms of abuse.
When Ayesha was 13, she fell in love with a man who promised to marry her and nurture her singing aspirations, but instead turned out to be a sex trafficker....