Kalie Mangelsen


United Kingdom Commits £50 Million To Ending FGM 1

On Friday, November 23rd, the United Kingdom (U.K.) pledged £50 million towards ending female genital mutilation (FGM) in Africa. This investment was part of a five-year program to support projects across Africa to implement education and legislation surrounding FGM. It was also part of a larger international scheme to end […]


Human Rights Watch Reports Systematic Sexual Violence Against Women In North Korea

On November 1st, Human Rights Watch (HRW) published a report on sexual violence against women in North Korea. They interviewed 54 North Korean émigrés. The interviewees revealed their experiences with systematic sexual violence under one of the world’s most repressive authoritarian regimes. This report is significant because it demonstrates how […]


Afghanistan’s Droughts And The International Community’s Response

In September, the United Nations (UN) published a report that said about 275,000 people in Afghanistan are currently displaced by the ongoing drought. They reported that 250,000 of those displaced are in the western region and that approximately 120,000 people were displaced from Badghis to Qala-e-Naw during the reporting period. […]


North and South Korea’s Joint Landmine Clearing Project

On October 1st North and South Korean troops started demining their shared, heavily fortified border. Reuters reported that Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in agreed to coordinate this joint demining project in the Joint Security Area (JSA) during a summit in September. This diplomatic milestone follows weeks of deadlocked negotiations […]