"Millions of women and girls around the world are assaulted, beaten, raped, mutilated or even murdered in what constitutes appalling violations of their human rights," said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
"We must fundamentally challenge the culture of discrimination that allows violence to continue."
Grassroots efforts around the world are underway. They include an initiative to fight sexual harassment at the epicenter of the Egyptian Arab Spring. Protests to change Irish abortion law. And a network to protect women from rape in Liberia. Meet the extraordinary people working for change.
Volunteers are helping the Pangandaran region back on its feet after a tsunami battered the region. They’re reforesting mangrove forests, building coral reefs and spreading climate awareness.
Transporting goods around the world contributes hugely to global carbon emissions. In turn, climate change has thrown global shipping patterns into disarray. The cargo industry is responding by trying to clean its act.
Qatar-based author Mari Luomi says the Persian Gulf monarchies will have to change to be sustainable in the era of climate change. But reaping the benefits of the fossil fuel economy has blinded most of them to that.