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Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland takes part in a Climate Action dialogue at the UN Climate Change Conference COP25. Photograph: Cristina Quicler / AFP

UN secretary general António Guterres called on the world’s major economies on Wednesday to signal more ambitious commitments to cut greenhouse emissi(...)

Female genital mutilation: What recently was the fate of close to 100 per cent of the girls in West Pokot has now fallen by over one-quarter and probably by more in Kongelai. Photograph: iStock

There is no delicate way to tell this story of the horrific abuse of women and girls. At 10 years of age, Abigael Nalem took the biggest decision of h(...)

A participant in a protest against sexual violence in South Africa. The country has the highest rates of rape in the world, according to the UN, with police statistics recording 147 sexual offences a day. File photograph: Getty Images

The publishing group Pearson has come under fire in South Africa after one of its school textbooks suggested a rape victim was at fault for the crime.(...)