Girls in Uganda often miss school when they are menstruating – the average is one to three days per month. Like Pauline, many feel ashamed due to the stigma attached to periods in Uganda – menstruating girls are often perceived as “unclean” and are even believed to have the power to stop crops from growing.
Get Lit: Bringing classic poetry to the streets and street poetry to the classrooms; by photojournalist Paola Gianturco.
“I now live in two worlds. One is not better than the other. They’re just different. Don’t ask me to choose, but do give me the space to live fully in both,” says Anna Msowoya Keys, founder of Maloto.
Through her powerful photography, Sharon Attia explores ways in which collaborative culture – and boxing – can empower women and girls in male-dominated spaces.
Female plastic surgeons help disadvantaged women suffering from disfiguring conditions caused by domestic violence, war and accidents.
In Malawi, a sanitary pad can determine if a girl stays in school, if a woman keeps her job or if she manages to grow enough food to feed herself and her family.