The City Torn Apart by Child Rape and Murder

Kasur is a bustling city and one of Pakistan's wealthiest provinces—but there have been more than 700 reported incidents of child sexual abuse in the last three years alone
Suddaf Chaudry

'You're Contaminated': The Stigma Against Japan's Fukushima Survivors

A 2011 quake and tsunami led to a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, killing thousands and displacing more. Two 'nuclear refugees' explain why returning home is more complicated than it seems.
Bobbie van der List

'My People Are Brainwashed': The Women Who Escaped North Korea

From putting their families at risk of execution to struggles with guilt and paranoia, freedom comes at a cost for those who flee the Hermit Kingdom.
Bobbie van der List

Inside the Dubious Schools Training Filipina Women for Domestic Work Overseas

For working-class women in the Philippines, becoming a live-in domestic employee abroad is a chance to provide for themselves and their families. But they often face exploitation and debt from training centers, employment agencies, and the employers...
Justin Heifetz​​

Japan Hasn't Updated Its Rape Laws Since 1907—But That Might Finally be Changing

The Asian country's conservative rape legislation has remained unchanged since the turn of the last century, but activists hope that new proposals signal a much-needed improvement.
Charlotte Jansen

The Unspeakable Horrors Endured by the World's Most Persecuted Minority

The Rohingya people of Myanmar have lived through mass gang rape, brutal beatings, and killings. A new UN report exposes the scale of atrocity suffered by its women and children.
Nancy Clark

Can Panic Buttons On Mobile Phones Really Keep India's Women Safe?

Sexual violence is a constant challenge for India's 600 million women. Some think installing panic buttons on all mobile phones can help.
Sirin Kale

'The Buddha Said All Were Equal': Thailand's Female Monks Fight for Recognition

Thailand's conservative Buddhist clergy refuses to acknowledge women who want to become monks. But that hasn't deterred an increasing number of female monks who are striking out on their own.
Charlotte England

The Hellish Commute of the Women Who Make Your Clothes

In Cambodia, female garment workers slave away for hours on end to make fast fashion for brands like H&M and Gap. But their problems don't end when they leave the factory.
Poppy McPherson

​Myanmar's Water Festival Is an Alcohol-Fueled, Misogynistic Mess

Every year, the Southeast Asian country celebrates a public holiday with a nationwide water fight. But critics say that the street parties are descending into violence—and women are suffering most.
Charlotte England

Blood Money: The Race to Crack India's Lucrative Menstruation Market

The vast majority of women in India don't use sanitary products, instead relying on everything from cow dung and newspapers when it comes to that time of the month. But local entrepreneurs are determined to change that with reusable pads, menstrual...
Rebecca Hobson

Life as a Member of India's Third Gender Is a Blessing and a Curse

We spoke to filmmaker Tabs Breese, who spent three years with the hijra community in India to learn more about why living as a member of the country's officially recognized third gender is a unique—and uniquely difficult—experience.
Lucy Draper