Nishtha Sharma


About Nishtha Sharma

Nishtha Sharma is an undergraduate student of International and Global Studies at the University of Sydney majoring in Government and International Relations and American Studies. Her research interests include North America and Asia. As an International and Global Studies student, the OWP has provided her with a platform to research and produce articles and reports about issues of global importance. She is currently working as a correspondent in the Australian Division of the OWP.


India: Landmark Ruling Criminalizes Sex With A ‘Child Bride’ But Enforcement Won’t Be Easy

India’s Supreme Court passed a landmark ruling against sexual relations with an underage bride, claiming any relations would constitute as rape. The court ruled that if a man engages in sexual intercourse, with or without consent, with his wife who is aged between 15 and 18, he would be committing […]


Heavy Rains And Flood Impact 45 Million People Across South Asia

Heavy rains in South Asia during the monsoon season have caused massive flooding, affecting 45 million people across the region. While some flooding is expected during the rainy season or monsoon season from June to September, this year’s floods have been the worst in many years. The UN said, “torrential […]


Lebanon Abolishes ‘Marry-Your-Rapist’ Laws

Lebanon has joined a wave of other Middle Eastern states to outlaw the practice that allowed rapists to fight prosecution by marrying their victims. While Jordan and Tunisia abolished similar provisions last month, Egypt and Morocco made similar changes to domestic laws in 1999 and 2014. The campaign against the Lebanese rape-marriage […]


Pakistan’s Prime Minister Disqualified From Office After Supreme Court Decision

Pakistan’s Nawaz Sharif has been disqualified from his role as Prime Minister after the country’s Supreme Court ruled on a corruption probe. Following the 2015 Panama Papers leaks, Sharif and his children were linked to offshore companies after a probe into his family’s finances failed to account for their wealth. […]


Modi’s U.S Visit Puts Differences Aside For Common Interests

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Singh Modi’s first visit to the White House under President Donald Trump’s administration has come at a time when differences between Washington and New Delhi have dominated headlines. President Trump’s decision to cite the likes of India and China in his rationale for withdrawing from the […]


Religion Vs Human Rights: India’s Supreme Court To Decide On “Triple Talaq”

India’s Supreme Court reserved its verdict on the constitutional validity of the practice of “triple talaq” among Indian Muslims. “Triple talaq” refers to the practice of Muslim men being able to instantly divorce their wives by saying “talaq” three times. This practice is banned in many Islamic countries, such as […]


The Power Of Social Media: Celebrity-Led Campaign #LoveArmyForSomalia Raises Over $2 Million To Aid Famine

At the beginning of March, Somalia’s prime minister announced the unfortunate death of more than 100 people in just 48 hours due a famine in the drought-plagued country. The famine has left 6.2 million people in urgent need of help. The UN has said that Yemen, South Sudan and Nigeria have also […]


UN Launches International Investigation Into Allegations Of Ethnic Cleansing In Myanmar

The United Nations Human Rights Council has passed a resolution warranting an international fact-finding mission to investigate allegations of killings, rape, and torture of the Rohingya people by Myanmar’s military and security forces in western Myanmar’s Rakhine state. The UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution brought by the European […]


Sea Slaves: The Violation Of Human Rights Within The Fishing Industry In Southeast Asia

In March 2015, after 18 months of investigation, Associated Press (AP) journalists first traced the seafood available in supermarkets across the world to the abusive practices of human trafficking and slavery within the fishing industry in Southeast Asia. The Associated Press reported that “this intricate web of connections separates the […]


Globalization And The Fight For Human Rights And Environmentalism

Globalization has been understood both as a threat and an opportunity in the global fight for environmentalism and human rights. Many indigenous groups often face increasing pressures from global neoliberal institutions as they struggle to retain their way of life through the high tides of globalization. However, because globalization is […]