Syrian doctors caught in the crossfire of civil war, Brazil battles to pacify its favelas, and Israeli women fighting against orthodox segregation. We also hear from a series of people who are effecting change in their own world, from outlawing virginity testing in Quebec, to Albino rights in Tanzania and gamers in Vietnam.
Produced by Emma Wallis, Neil King, Nancy Isenson and Kseniya Denchyk
According to one Syrian group, of the 5,000 physicians registered in Aleppo before the conflict started, only 36 remain. Many are now working in Syrian refugee camps in countries like Turkey.
Report: Zack Baddorf, Turkey
Rio de Janeiro is stepping up security ahead of the 2014 World Cup by "pacifying" many of its favelas, flushing out drug traffickers and collecting heavy weapons. But not all residents are happy about the practice or police behavior once they move in.
Report: Sam Cowie, Rio de Janeiro
According to certain ultra-orthodox Jews, the image of women can be too distracting to men, which is why many of them want complete public segregation. But one women's group against that way of thinking is fighting back with stickers and glue to keep women in the picture, quite literally.
Report: Irris Makler, Beith Shemesh, Israel
In Canada, medical ethics researchers at the University of Montreal have found that the request for virginity testing was becoming more frequent in Canada. Marie Eve Bouthillier's investigation into the practice has led to a ban being issued by the Quebec College of Physicians.
Interview: Emma Wallis and Neil King
In Tanzania, Albinos have a hard time. They are often believed to be either cursed, or to possess mysterious powers. These beliefs make them prized by witch doctors, and subject to discrimination, violent attacks, and even murder. Now Sister Martha, an Albino nun is standing up to prejudice and changing people's thinking.
Report: Adam Bemma, Tanzania
The city of Christchurch in New Zealand has been through a lot of changes in the last few years. Two major earthquakes and now a change of political power too. The incumbent mayor, Bob Parker is hanging up his mayoral chains and feels it's time for a break.
Report: Vanessa O'Brien, Christchurch, New Zealand
Vietnam is home to the biggest market for online games in Southeast Asia. Yet, most people are playing Chinese or Korean games. Vietnamese developers are hindered by a lack of government support, but one local developer is hoping to ring the changes in his local market and get more gamers playing home grown games.
Report: Marianne Brown, Hanoi