The photos of the last surviving Chinese women with bound feet

The photos of the last surviving Chinese women with bound feet

Jo Farrell, award-winning photographer and cultural anthropologist, has been documenting the last surviving Chinese women with bound feet since 2007. Her project, Living History, was borne out of the desire to record the dying tradition and has culminated in the publication of a book featuring photographs of and interviews with women with “lotus feet”. Women

The plight of the Rohingya, the drifting invisible community

The plight of the Rohingya, the drifting invisible community

The tragedy of people fleeing their lands in order to survive, have a future, and hope for a better life doesn’t involve only the Mediterranean Sea. On the other side of the world there are the Rohingya people, which are officially recognised by the United Nations as the world’s most persecuted and segregated population. The

Amnesty International and the body bags on Brighton’s shores

Amnesty International and the body bags on Brighton’s shores

On 22th April the NGO Amnesty International staged a demonstration, a flashmob on Brighton’s beach, UK. The humanitarian organisation scattered two hundred body bags on the shores to highlight the UK’s little response to the plight of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea. Then volunteers zipped themselves into the body bags to make their protest more disquieting.

Women, guardians of biodiversity in Nepal. The photos in a WWF feature

Women, guardians of biodiversity in Nepal. The photos in a WWF feature

In the Nepalese part of the Terai Arc, a narrow subtropical corridor connecting India and Nepal, women head a project of forest conservation and social development. Since 2001, they have been safeguarding biodiversity in an area of incalculable natural value, guaranteeing the “ecological, economic and socio-cultural integrity of the region”. The Terai Arc Landscape (TAL)

Millennium Development Goals: What has and hasn’t been achieved

Millennium Development Goals: What has and hasn’t been achieved

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) still haven’t been achieved. Much progress has been made but, only nine months from the deadline, accomplishing them remains out of reach.     What are the MDGs. They are the most ambitious targets ever set by the United Nations to improve living conditions for the world’s population. They were drafted

Piplantri, the village that plants trees for women

Piplantri, the village that plants trees for women

Piplantri, a small Indian village located in the north-western Rajasthan State, celebrates female newborns with planting trees. It is a countertrend compared to the Indian subcontinent, where the birth of a girl child is generally considered anything but a blessing.       Due to prenatal ultrasounds, able to indicate foetus’ gender, millions of female

The women of Isis: fighters and slaves

The women of Isis: fighters and slaves

Isis, borne of a leadership split within Al Qaeda, envisions the role of women differently from the historic organisation of Islamic militancy. According to Al Qaeda, women must be passive and submissive. For Isis, they must be subordinated, but they are also called to participate actively in the construction and maintenance of the Islamic Caliphate.