Men in countries such as Iraq, Algeria and the United States contributed more of their time to childcare than Irish men,

Just seven per cent of unpaid childcare in Ireland is done by men according to a new report which describes the country as having the most unequal gen(...)

Mongolian women working in the clothing industry. When women are paid, they earn on average 24%  less than men

Global development is being held back by the relative shortage of women in paid work, with participation rates having risen only slightly in the past (...)

Post-kidnapping Kyrgyz women: a quarter of all marriages in Kyrgyzstan are believed to involve bride kidnapping. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Kyrgyzstan is an Islamic former Soviet republic of 5½ million people, 800,000-odd of them in Bishkek, the capital. Ethnic Kyrgyz have a history of ho(...)

An earthquake victim requests help from a member of the Nepalese Armed Police Force while protesting against the government’s lack of aid provided to the victims in Kathmandu on Wednesday. Photograph: Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters

Nepali villagers have blocked trucks carrying supplies for earthquake victims, demanding the government do more to help after last week’s disaster lef(...)

South Sudanese rapper Lual D’Awol: “I’m not a politician but I’m talking about the government. Things are not moving as swiftly as we would like.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

As he drives around the streets of South Sudan’s ramshackle capital, Lual D’Awol performs the rap song that has made him famous – and not a little con(...)

A gay rights activist in Mumbai folds a banner at a protest organised against the Supreme Court’s order on gay, on Wednesday.  Photograph: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

India’s Supreme Court yesterday endorsed a colonial-era law from the 1860s criminalising gay sex.In a major setback for gay rights campaigners, a two-(...)

Aela De Deus, a coffee farmer from East Timor’s Emera distric, prepares dried coffee parchement before it is transfred into bags for transport to Dili. Photograph: Cedric Arnold/realfeatures.com

Armindo de Deus has worked all his life as a coffee farmer in the Ermera district of Timor-Leste. He is a wiry, weather-beaten man with darting, milky(...)

Young boys play on concrete blocks at Dili’s port, as a container ship sails in. Photograph: Cedric Arnold/realfeatures.com

Eleven years after independence, the array of socioeconomic challenges facing Timor-Leste remains significant. According to the United Nations Develop(...)