Human Rights Day 2021

UN Human Rights Day 2021 campaign photo

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December — the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR is a milestone document, which proclaims the inalienable rights that everyone is entitled to as a human being - regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Available in more than 500 languages, it is the most translated document in the world. To create awareness, Elsevier has compiled a Special Issue of journal articles which are freely available to read. 

Elsevier, The Lancet Global Health, Volume 9, June 2021
Background: Half of the world's missing female births occur in India, due to sex-selective abortion. It is unknown whether selective abortion of female fetuses has changed in recent years across different birth orders. We sought to document the trends in missing female births, particularly among second and third children, at national and state levels.

Journal of Responsible Technology, Volume 4, 2020, 100005

While recognising the good work carried out in the AI law space, and acknowledging this area needs constant evaluation and agility in approach, this article advances the discussion, which is important given the gravity of the impacts of AI technologies, particularly on vulnerable individuals and groups, and their human rights.
Elsevier, The Lancet Global Health, Volume 9, August 2021
Background: The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health have been understudied among vulnerable populations, particularly in fragile and conflict-affected settings. We aimed to analyse how the pandemic is related to early changes in mental health and parenting stress among caregivers, many of whom are internally displaced persons (IDP), in a conflict-affected setting in Colombia. Methods: For this cohort study, we used longitudinal data from a psychosocial support programme in which 1376 caregivers were randomly assigned across four sequential cohorts.
Photograph of an example of a tattoo on a human trafficking survivor

International Journal of Women's Dermatology, 2021, in press.

We have compiled in this review the relatively few known signs to aid in skin exams of those who may be trafficked as an initial step upon which we hope others can build in the documentation and analysis of the dermatologic observations in trafficking.
Elsevier, Case Studies on Transport Policy, Volume 9, March 2021
Examines how popular urban social movements use social media to advocate for and promote sustainable transport modes as a human right.

Journal of Sexual Medicine, Volume 17, March 2020

In this study, our aim is to summarize the medical literature regarding Clitoral Reconstruction techniques and outcomes, and stimulate ethical discussion surrounding potential adverse impacts on women who undergo the procedure.

Journal of Sexual Medicine, Volume 18, April 2021

This work aims to carry out a systematic review of the literature and meta-analysis in order to assess the consequences of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on women’s sexual function in women who have undergone FGM compared to women who have not undergone FGM.

Journal of Sexual Medicine, Volume 17, April 2020

This European Society for Sexual Medicine position statement provides relevant information and references to existing clinical guidelines with the aim of informing relevant Health Care Practitioners on best practices when working with transgender people.
Graph showing differences in energy consumption in the USA

iScience, olume 24, Issue 11, 19 November 2021, 103231

In this work Nock, Qiu, and co-workers highlighted the larger impact of energy insecurity on low-income and ethnic minority populations that have been experience due to COVID-19.

The Lancet Healthy Longevity, Volume 2, Issue 9, 2021, pages e540-e542,

This Comment supports SDGs 10 and 3 by highlighting the need to prepare for an increasingly ageing population and the importance of intervening across the lifespan to achieve healthy ageing. The Comment notes the lack of an international agency advocating for older people, and stresses the importance of improving living standards and human rights for this rapidly growing majority.