Older men known as “sugar daddies” wait in the wings on busy travel days when schools let out for holiday. They offer rides, cell phone use, food and other commodities to young girls in exchange for sex.
In Zimbabwe, women who campaign for the opposition party are being raped. More than 2,000 women reported being attacked in the run up to the 2008 election here. Now, as a new election approaches, women are speaking out and participating in a new video project to bring awareness to the issue of political rape.
In Nepal, the government banned caste-based discrimination in the constitution and even offers a cash prize for inter-caste couples willing to come forward. Still, discrimination and violence remain common and one high-level state minister was recently caught forcing an inter-caste couple to separate in his home district.
Throughout Mexico, human rights groups are documenting cases where medical and police workers discourage women from aborting by using moral arguments, misinformation and bureaucratic delays. And, because abortion is banned under any circumstances after 12 weeks, some women who begin the legal process simply run out of time.