Protecting Indonesia’s forests is a global responsibility.

Kwatisore is a tiny coastal hamlet in Papua, Indonesia, famous for the fragrant bark of Gaharu and Moso’oi trees that grow here. For the people of Kwatisore, the business from the trees is… Continue reading

Indonesia: the land of pristine forests

‘The mist is the breath of the forests’, said Godi Utama, my Indonesian colleague when I met him last year in Bangkok. We were having a discussion about Indonesia’s forests and biodiversity and… Continue reading

Drought in Maharashtra: A Man-made Disaster

The state of Maharashtra in the western region of India is facing its worst drought so far as claimed by the Union Agriculture Minister, Sharad Pawar and the Chief Minister of state, Prithviraj… Continue reading

India has the Highest Number of Child Marriages: UNFPA

On the eve of women’s day as India awakens to activism and women’s rights, Meeni, 16 is getting ready for her marriage in the evening. Noori, her mother and a single parent justifies… Continue reading

The Clothing of Rape

‘Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future.’ Bible: Pro 31:25. In a country where a female is raped every 20 minutes, strength and dignity make up very little… Continue reading

Analyzing the Contemporary Colonial gaze through the eyes of the ‘Afghan girl’.

‘Names have power, so let us speak of hers. Her name is Sharbat Gula, and she is Pashtun, that most warlike of Afghan tribes. It is said of the Pashtun that they are… Continue reading