Professor forced into hiding by death threats over Brazil abortion hearing

Campaigner involved in case that could lead to legal abortion in first 12 weeks of pregnancy enters protection programme Days before a Brazilian supreme court hearing on a move that could eventually decriminalise abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, a leading feminist campaigner is in hiding after receiving death threats. Debora Diniz, a…

Don’t let Trump derail gender equality talks, experts caution G7 leaders

Gender council members insist leaders must honour plans to discuss equality despite tensions over US tariffs Members of the G7′ s first gender advisory board have vowed that talks about US tariffs will not overshadow deliberations about women’s empowerment as they prepare to meet world leaders this weekend. Justin Trudeau made the advisory council to…

No pain relief , no working water: the perils of childbirth in Tanzania | Leah McLaren

Natural birth is the only option for many females here, and though dedicated midwives do their best, the risk of infection and sepsis is high At the Nyarugusu medical dispensary in north-west Tanzania, Eva Paulo, 23, is in her 36 th hour of labour. She paces barefoot in circles around the dusty yard behind the…

‘Why would we invest in a disabled person? ‘: struggle bigotry in Mozambique | Lucy Lamble

In poorer countries, more than 80% of people with disabilities are unemployed and struggling to survive. A educate strategy is helping break down barriers At 21, Mateus Mbazo from Sofala province in Mozambique faced a stark selection: starve or steal. Recently orphaned, with physical disabilities on his right side affecting his arm and leg, Mbazo…

Women seek islands of refuge in Papua New Guinea’s sea of violence | Helen Davidson

For women in Papua New Guinea, violence at home is horribly normal. Local charities are trying to provide shelters in the absence of government support In a room in Lae, Paula sits on the floor, Julie on a lounge. Caseworkers and support staff are on seats, and barefoot children peer at the newcomers. The children…

‘Anti-malarial mosquitoes’ created using controversial genetic technology

Scientists aim to tackle malaria by creating bugs unable to spread the parasite, but caution recommended over unpredictable ecological consequences Hundreds of genetically modified mosquitoes that are incapable of spreading the malaria parasite to humen have been created in a laboratory as part of a revolutionary approach to combating the disease. The move marks a…

HIV infecting 2m more people every year, warns UN

Goal of eradicating Aids by 2030 will be impossible without more work on prevention, tells UNAids report Talk of the end of Aids was premature, according to a new UN report that exposes the steady decline in new HIV infections stalled five years ago and that, in some areas, the numbers are rising again. We…

Rise in use of contraception offers hope for containing global population

More women than ever use family planning, tells the UN, and having one child fewer could dramatically curtail the global population by 2030 The number of women use contraceptives in developing countries has risen to record levels in recent years, such that projections for global population growth could be cut by as much as 1…

The giant rats that love avocado- and can diagnose deadly TB | Kate Lyons

A team in Tanzania have developed African pouched rats to make life-saving discoveries, sniffing out cases of tuberculosis missed by health clinics After scampering about a sleek glass and aluminium enclosure, a rat named Riziwan has made a crucial discovery. In just minutes, Riziwan has positively identified 13 people who may have tuberculosis. The discovery…

One meal a day: the Lake Chad crisis in pictures

The extreme north of Cameroon is suffering a food famine exacerbated by climate change and conflict with Boko Haram Ramata Modou, 58, holds a photograph of herself. Ramata is community leader at an internal displacementcamp for women and children in Mm When armed men entered Ramatas village her husband suffered a heart attack and succumbed.…