"Women are for children, boys are for pleasure"

Bacha bazi, or “boy play” in Dari, is a practice that is synonymous with the sexual exploitation of boys. Photo: US Embassy Kabul, Flickr.

Of: Alexandra Håkansson Schmidt and Lisa Elamson

In 2017 the Afghan government introduced a new Criminal Code explicitly addressing the under-reported issue of bacha bazi. The practice involves older men taking advantage of young boys in vulnerable situations and has increased since the fall of the Taliban regime. Although introducing new laws banning bacha bazi is a welcome move, the issue extends far beyond national laws.

April 10, 2019, English, Long read, Magazine

Russia Gives Green Light to Domestic Violence

The Russian parliament

The White House in Moscow that serves as the seat of the Russian parliament. Photo: Kirill Vinokurov, Flickr.

Of: Lisa Elamson and Maria Ricksten

The Istanbul Convention is a legal framework that seeks to prevent and combat violence against women. In Russia, where it is estimated that 14,000 women die every year as a result of domestic violence, the signing and ratification of the Convention is an urgent matter. But instead, last year Russia chose to decriminalize some forms of domestic violence.

December 10, 2018, Article, English, Magazine

Indigenous Land in Ecuador Under Threat, Again

A Kichwa girl carrying her sack tumpline style near the Jondachi river in Ecuador.
Photo: Tomas Munita / CIFOR, Flickr.

Of: Johanna Caminati Engström and Lisa Elamson

In the last decade, progress has been made for the rights of the indigenous people of Ecuador. But despite a favorable legal context and numerous promises made by the government, their rights are still under threat by foreign economic interests.

October 26, 2018, Article, English, Magazine