How to Chart an Equitable Exit from the Pandemic

Click to expand Image A person in Soweto, South Africa receives an injection as they participate in a clinical trial for a Covid-19 vaccine in June 2020.  © 2020 Siphiwe Sibeko/AFP via Getty Images Today marks World Health Day with the World Health Organization (WHO) calling for increased government investment and cooperation to tackle global health […]

How to Help US Families Hit Hardest by Covid-19

Click to expand Image A restaurant employee with her son leaves with her paycheck, in Brooklyn, New York, March 19, 2020. The restaurant company, which has closed its four locations due to the coronavirus, laid off 650 of 850 employees.  © 2020 AP Photo/Mark Lennihan In the US, the Covid-19 pandemic has hit families with […]

Child Marriage, Pregnancies Soar During Pandemic

Click to expand Image Belkis, 15 years old, holds her one-year-old son in the house where she lives with her mother, two sisters, and one brother. Belkis was married when she was 13 years old to a man who threatened to commit suicide if the family didn’t agree to the marriage. After 14 months, her […]

Renters in England Are Braced for Mass Evictions

Click to expand Image Letting agents boards in London, March 2016.  © Anthony Devlin/Press Association via AP Images The eviction ban in England expires this coming weekend and some people in privately rented housing, who have been hit by the economic downturn triggered by Covid-19 and fallen behind on their rent, are waiting nervously to discover […]

Covid-19 Backlash Targets LGBT People in South Korea

Expand A rainbow flag is carried during a parade as a part of the Seoul Queer Culture Festival in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, July 14, 2018. © 2018 AP Photo/Lee Jin-man South Korea is experiencing a marked increase in online threats and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people who are being unfairly […]

LGBT Africans Share Challenges of Life During Pandemic

Expand A Ugandan transgender woman in a town near Kampala, shortly before she fled the country in 2014. She left to escape police harassment and violence. © 2014 Human Rights Watch AfroQueer podcast recently launched a special episode in advance of its upcoming third season. Checking in with queer Africans on how they are faring during […]

Ohio, Texas Use COVID-19 to Stop Abortions

Expand An activist seen holding a placard that reads, “protect safe, legal abortion” during a Stop the Bans rally in Dayton, Ohio, May 19, 2019. © 2019 Sipa via AP Images Officials in the US states of Ohio and Texas are using the coronavirus as a politically expedient excuse to halt abortions – a move that […]