In New Delhi, a help line for women is flooded with calls

by Rama Lakshmi Washington Post June 21, 2013

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Violence against women worldwide is epidemic. More than one in three women have experienced physical or sexual violence, WHO says

by BBC News June 20, 2013

More than one in three women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence, a report by the World Health Organization and other groups says.It says 38% of all women murdered were killed by their partners, and such violence is a major contributor to depression and other health problems. WHO...

Maternal health in India: Where we are today

by Aparajita Gogoi and Renuka Motihar Huff Post June 6, 2013

Sunita, a young woman in her fourth month of pregnancy in rural Odisha, suddenly discovered that she was bleeding profusely. It took her a while to understand that the situation was serious and called her husband Ramesh. He rushed home from work. They realized they needed to go to a hospital, but di...

Rescue workers search for surviors of Bangladesh building collapse that killed at least 1119. Photo: Munir Uz Zaman/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

US unions press to end special trade status for Bangladesh

by Ian Urbina New York Times May 30, 2013

WASHINGTON — After several deadly factory disasters in Bangladesh — including the collapse of an eight-story garment factory last month that left at least 1,127 people dead — labor advocates are stepping up pressure on the Obama administration, calling for it to convey its disapproval of worki...

Needing pork, China is to buy a US supplier, Smithfield Foods

by Michael J de la Merced and David Barboza New York Times May 29, 2013

Demand for pork in China reflects its booming economy and rising middle class. But that rapidly growing appetite has strained its food production systems, leading to breakdowns and a number of food safety scandals....

Standards clash in Bangladesh reforms

by Christina Passariello, Shelly Banjo and Gordon Fairclough Wall Street Journal May 16, 2013

When Wal-Mart Stores Inc. publicly blacklisted about 250 Bangladesh factories this week, it said it was trying to alert other retailers of safety problems and prevent disasters like last month's fatal building collapse that killed more than 1,100 people....

China’s prostitutes routinely extorted, abused by police, report says

by William Wan Washington Post May 13, 2013

BEIJING — Police raids on brothels in China have a pattern, sex workers say, often occurring a few days ahead of politically sensitive events or whenever someone in government orders an anti-pornography campaign to please the leadership....

In Timbuktu, conflict shatters a city’s soul

by Sudarsan Raghavan Washington Post May 12, 2013

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ILO, World Bank demand labor changes in Bangladesh

by Howard Schneider Washington Post May 10, 2013

The International Labor Organization and World Bank have refused to let Bangladesh join a textile industry monitoring program until the country overhauls its labor laws and conditions for unions improve, according to a top ILO official....

Some retailers rethink role in Bangladesh

by Steven Greenhouse New York Times May 1, 2013

Ever since a building with garment factories collapsed in Bangladesh last week, killing more than 400 people, Western apparel companies with ties to the country have scrambled to address public concerns about working conditions there....

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