Afghanistan

Dancing boys perform at weddings across Afghanistan, but their dances are only part of their occupation. Bacha bazi, or "boy play," is a form of sexual slavery. Join Cristen and Caroline as they explore the effects bacha bazi has on Afghan society.

Military Milestone: Female Marines on Front Lines in Afghanistan

Until now, the military has explicitly restricted female soldiers from fighting on the front lines of combat, but that has changed with the nature of the Middle East warfare. The Marines have even tapped a group of women to form "Female Engagement Teams," which PRI describes as "a first-time experiment by the Marines in Afghanistan to let women join all-male patrols on the frontlines."

Veterans Affairs Struggling to Care for Female Soldiers

Last week, Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, acknowledged that while female soldiers are officially banned from front-line combat, they're equally at-risk to physical and mental trauma in Iraq and Afghanistan as male soldiers. In a speech to the U.S. Institute of Peace, Mullen said: "The war can grab you anywhere [...]this will be the first generation of veterans where large segments of women returning will have been exposed to some form of combat."

Should Kids See the Shocking TIME Cover?

The nonprofit group Save the Children recently released its 11th annual Mothers' Index of 160 countries, and the United States doesn't even hold a slot in the top 10. Instead, the U.S. comes in at 28 on the list, which is based on national resources and services that support mothers and their children on all rungs of the socioeconomic ladder.