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When Sexual Rights Are Neglected, HIV Infection in Zambia Prisons Goes up

Region: Zambia

Topics: AutonomyDiseaseHealthHuman RightsLegal RightsSexuality & Gender

Advocates for prisoners’ rights say condoms and conjugal visits would help. But authorities say any kind of holistic solution is beyond the system’s reach — for many reasons.

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The Power to Say ‘No’: Mentors Help Young Ugandan Women Fight Early Marriage, Pregnancy

Region: Uganda

Topics: AutonomyHealthHuman RightsLegal RightsWomen's Rights

Forced marriages and unintended pregnancies remain a norm for many Ugandan young women. One effort to combat the problems draws on the experience of women who have been down that path, who serve as mentors to girls and young women.

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Advocates Argue for Mongolian Government to Rethink Definition of Disability

Region: Mongolia

Topics: AutonomyHuman RightsJobs

Mongolians with disabilities are assigned a percentage, which quantifies their ability to work. Disability rights advocates argue the government’s outdated system, meant to provide workplace equality, does the opposite.

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Meet the Women Fighting Forced Marriages in DRC

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: AutonomyEducationHuman RightsWomen's Rights

In DRC’s North Kivu province, forced marriages are often the unhappy result of unplanned pregnancies – even though the practice is illegal. But parents who force their daughters to marry these days will likely receive a visit from the staff of a women’s organization to talk them out of it.

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In Mexico, Coronavirus Halts Searches for the Missing

Region: Mexico

Topics: AutonomyCoronavirusHuman Rights

Families of missing persons in Mexico are desperate to find their loved ones, but the country’s coronavirus restrictions have forced them to make a difficult choice.

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In Zimbabwe, Debate Over Exhuming Controversial Colonialist from Sacred Site Continues

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: AutonomyCulture

When colonialist Cecil John Rhodes died, he asked to be buried in Zimbabwe’s sacred Matobo Hills. His gravesite has long been a popular and lucrative tourist destination. As the threat of COVID-19 has shuttered the site and killed the nation’s tourism industry, local people are renewing the debate over whether the polarizing politician deserves to stay.

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Kidnappings Surge Amid Haiti’s Political and Economic Crises

Region: Haiti

Topics: AutonomyEconomyHuman RightsPolitics

Enmeshed in ongoing corruption scandals and social unrest, kidnappings are now rampant here – and no one is immune.

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Stranded Abroad, Many Ugandans Don’t Know When They’ll Get Home

Region: Uganda

Topics: AutonomyCoronavirusHuman RightsMigration

Uganda’s border closure was meant to protect citizens from the spread of the coronavirus. But the policy also left some Ugandans trapped in the diaspora – and many are still waiting to return.

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Self-Quarantine: Ponnaveli Village, Population One

Region: Sri Lanka

Topics: AutonomyCoronavirusMigrationPolitics

For Sellaiah Rashanayagam, social distancing is nothing new. He’s been the sole resident of his village since Sri Lanka’s civil war ended in 2009 – and he doesn’t plan to leave anytime soon.

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In Zambia, Forgoing Antenatal Care Brings Danger, Tragedy

Region: Zambia

Topics: AccessAutonomyHealthReproductive RightsWomen's Rights

In Zambia, 97% of pregnant women attend at least one antenatal checkup – but doctors recommend at least four. The difference, it turns out, could be a matter of life and death.

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