Day 1 After International Women’s Day – Still Celebrating, Still Advocating

At only 17-yr old, Malala Yousafzai was the youngest recipient, at the time in 2014, as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate for her courageous advocacy of girls education in her home region of Swat District, Pakistan. Blogged for BBC as early as 11-yr old and almost died from being assassinated by a Taliban soldier when … More Day 1 After International Women’s Day – Still Celebrating, Still Advocating

Hundreds of Refugees Arrive in Malaysia and Indonesia After Thai Crackdown

Originally posted on Reuters by Roni Bintang and Al-Zaquan Amer Hamzahon on May 11, 2015— “Malaysia has detained more than a thousand Bangladeshi and Rohingya refugees, including dozens of children, police said, a day after authorities rescued hundreds stranded off Indonesia’s western tip. There has been a huge increase in refugees from impoverished Bangladesh and … More Hundreds of Refugees Arrive in Malaysia and Indonesia After Thai Crackdown

New Report from National Human Rights Commission Focuses on Women Trafficked in South Asia

Originally published on The Himalayan Times on Septebmer 6, 2014— “A recently released report of the National Human Rights Commissions titled Trafficking in persons especially on women and children in Nepal, which is based on the data of various governmental and non-governmental organisations, says that majority of women and children are being trafficked for sexual … More New Report from National Human Rights Commission Focuses on Women Trafficked in South Asia

Over 1,000 Refugees Have Died Trying to Reach Christmas Island, Yet They Keep Coming

By Luke Mogelson on November 15, 2013 for The New York Times Magazine— “It’s about a two-and-a-half-hour drive, normally, from Indonesia’s capital city, Jakarta, to the southern coast of Java. In one of the many trucks that make the trip each month, loaded with asylum seekers from the Middle East and Central Asia, it takes … More Over 1,000 Refugees Have Died Trying to Reach Christmas Island, Yet They Keep Coming

Kids Pimping Kids out for Sex in Indonesia

By Margie Mason on October 30, 2013— “Chimoy flicks a lighter and draws a long drag until her cheeks collapse on the skinny Dunhill Mild, exhaling a column of smoke. Her no-nonsense, tough-girl attitude projects the confidence of a woman in her 30s, yet she’s only 17. Colorful angel and butterfly tattoos cover her skin, … More Kids Pimping Kids out for Sex in Indonesia

In Third World Countries, Slave Maids Cost the Price of a Smart Phone

By Susan V. Ople, Special for CN, on August 9, 2013— “If you ask young people what they could get for U.S. $200 or less, their answers would probably include a tablet, a smart phone, or a designer bag. Not on the list, a foreign maid – unless you live in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, … More In Third World Countries, Slave Maids Cost the Price of a Smart Phone

Study Shows Over 200,000 Indonesians Currently Enslaved

For The Jakarta Post, Jakarta, on October 18 2013— “The Global Slavery Index 2013, published by the Walk Free Foundation, an Australian-based organization dedicated to eradicating modern-day slavery, reveals that there are more than 200,000 slaves in Indonesia. The Walk Free Foundation’s inaugural Global Slavery Index, which was released at Chatham House in London on … More Study Shows Over 200,000 Indonesians Currently Enslaved