Irene Caselli

Irene Caselli

Irene Caselli is a freelance multimedia journalist with experience in print and broadcasting. She reports for the BBC, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Guardian, Univisión, and is a contributing editor for Index on Censorship magazine. After a decade in Latin America, she is now based in Italy.

She is fluent in English, Spanish, Italian and German, and has intermediate French and Portuguese. She was the BBC correspondent in Venezuela when Hugo Chávez died.

She also worked for the BBC in Argentina and Ecuador as a correspondent, and in London as a producer. Her interests include violence and insecurity, human rights, women, environment, health, and culture.

An estimated 1,400 girls are not born every year in Armenia due to a rooted preference for male children. The son-bias combined with a lower birth rate, has led to an alarming number of sex-selective abortions. Community activities, various laws and television shows are addressing the issue - with positive results. But is the actual problem being tackled?