The closure of all schools in Kenya including some rescue centers where girls had sought refuge after running from their families who wanted to force them to undergo FGM or get married has taken the country a step back in the fight against these traumatic, painful cutting practices.
“White supremacy applies to you, to me, to all in a white-centered society,” affirms Darcia Narvaez, Professor of Psychology of the University of Notre Dame.
“Widespread lockdowns have resulted in horrific conditions where girls and women have no one to turn to and nowhere to go. They are trapped. A catastrophe is unfolding in Latin America,” said Debora Cobar from Plan International.
In the Dominican Republic, girls as young as 12 are exploited for sex year-round by tourists from North America and Europe. This is what happened to Punta Cana-native Ana, when she was just 17.
The feminist group LasTesis collective, from Chile protested on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and their struggle is replicated all over the world
Across Sub-Saharan Africa, access to menstrual products is still a big problem for many girls who choose to avoid school because they can’t afford tampons or sanitary napkins.
Along the lakes of Malawi and Kenya, men catch fish and women sell the fish. But there’s a controversial practice that’s part of the business.
Meet Yekaba: when she was 12, her parents were busy arranging her marriage without her knowledge. When she found out, she managed to alert her teachers and they helped call a halt to it.
“It’s not just girls who miss out on their futures by having children too early, it’s boys, too,”
In places like South Sudan, Syria and Congo failed peace pacts have devastating consequences. Renowned author Séverine Autesserre released a new book that focuses on a different approach to peace than traditional high-level negotiations: ‘peace from below’. And where it’s working.
The whole idea of designing a city that works for women as well as men started in Vienna.
Learn about “Safetipin” an app that is helping women in India, Colombia, Philippines and Papua New Guinea navigate existing streetscapes more safely.
Features from Issue 6
Kathryn Travers from Safer Cities discusses how women activists made Montreal a safer and more inclusive city.
“After participating in Safer Cities for Girls, I’ve become a different person,” says Nada. “It’s increased my self-esteem and self-confidence. Now when I walk down the street, I’m no longer frightened because I know how to protect myself.”
While the #MeToo outcry is exposing sexual harassment mostly in the West, we must remember that abuse, often by employers, happens across the globe, writes Rothna Begum.
Venezuelas migrants Reina, Sofía y Karol are hoping to acquire legal status in Ecuador where prostitution is illegal. These are their stories.
“When I was 13 years old, my parents organized the FGM ceremony without my knowledge”, says Nasieku who later became a fierce fighter of this practice.
“We can’t hope for better legislation on abortion If we don’t have an accurate conversation about it,” affirms Columbia Professor Carol Sanger.
Stories about vulnerable women who sleep with fishermen in exchange for fish.
Mexican women pay a heavy price when they become caught up in the country’s broken justice system
“It is fundamental to work with education and break through stereotypes and social mandates,” says Casa del Encuentro, a local women’s rights NGO
Through their hilarious and irreverent web series, Estereotipas started the conversation about gender equality and feminism in Latin America.
“I want to show that women can win in a male-dominated sport”, says Argentine car-racer Julia Ballario.
Learn how hard it is for a mother of a toddler to be a politician in a country where women serve as the primary caregivers for children and elderly relatives.
Features from Issue 5 (October 2016) Women and Health
Female refugees carry the additional load of responsibility for reproductive healthcare. Pregnant women and mothers feel responsible for their health and that of their fetus and children, and often feel helpless in the face of this double and triple burden.
While the United States is caught in a partisan divide over sex education, other countries are taking the lead.
Physical inactivity, a major risk factor for poor health and chronic disease, is becoming increasingly prevalent in high-income Arab countries – and its consequences fall particularly heavily on women.
Through various apps and websites, women are now able to fill their prescriptions through a few simple clicks of the mouse or taps on their smart phones.
Despite the marked gains in coverage and access since the passage of the ACA, Latinas in the U.S. continue to be much more likely to be uninsured than other U.S. women.
French women just aren’t that into breastfeeding. Studies make French women rank among the least likely to breastfeed in Europe.
Yazidi Women Surviving Daesh: Between Psychological Traumas and the Struggle to Reintegrate to Society
Despite the liberation of many Yazidi women kidnapped by Daesh, most of them return with deep psychological problems.
Features from Issue 4 (June 2016) “Women and Migration”
Central American women and children, who are victims of domestic violence, child abuse, extreme poverty, state neglect, and terrorization in their home countries flee for their lives to their northern neighbor daily.
The news last month that Kenya would be closing the world’s largest refugee camp, Dadaab, and repatriating its 350,000 residents by November prompted two reactions – complete shock or dismissal.
Congolese women refugees are creating a vibrant bitenge market in Uganda and give back to their new homeland.
The needs of one community within the refugee community, in particular, demonstrates the inadequacy of a cookie-cutter approach to the asylum process.
According to official statistics, there are currently 42,000 asylum seekers in the country-more than 30,000 of whom are Eritrean.
Argentina has seen the pattern of migration change in recent years. Among the current wave of newcomers are women who come seeking a better life than they have in their home countries.
Nauru is a tiny, barren island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, about 2,800 miles from Australia and far from international scrutiny. Refugees are housed in the community on temporary visas, where they frequently suffer violence and discrimination.
Millions of women migrate as the sole breadwinner for their families to work as domestic workers abroad. With few employment opportunities at home, this is often a choice of last resort.
In 2011, there were over 237,000 Nepali women working outside of Nepal, about 12 percent of the total number of the 2.2 million Nepali migrants.
Hamra Street, historically regarded as the heart of the Lebanese capital, Beirut, has been recently populated by Syrians, including large numbers of women and children, who have fled war in their country only to face the harsh realities of working or even living in the streets of Beirut.
A small group of young women in the city of Dundee began a movement that has catapulted the city to the vanguard of Scotland’s humanitarian response.
In a country in which women and girls suffer legal and societal discrimination, the daughters of migrant workers face particular challenges.
Features from Issue 3 (March 2016) “Women and the Environment”
An innovative and effective science program with an emphasis on the environment, including growing and distributing fresh and healthful food to its students.
A story about empowering women in times of natural disasters in the Philippines.
Mrs. Ma and Liu Juan are two of the many women affected by climate change in China. Their stories of how they are fighting against natural disasters.
Women in the remote villages of Nepal’s Upper Mustang region struggle with erratic weather patterns and water scarcity.
Mining’s negative effects are felt by all members of the surrounding communities, but it is women who face the greatest social, economic, and physical impacts.
They are working at the frontline of climate change adaptation, though most don’t even realize it.
Female Friendly Spaces are just one place in which Nepali women are seeking rehabilitation and recovery after the last devastating earthquake, while learning how to wage a longer fight against gender disparities.
Features from Issue 2 (November 2015) “Gender-Based Violence”
“We are living in a state of total impunity: there are no investigations, no one in jail, no reparations made”, says Mexican journalist Laura Castellanos.
What follows are three stories of girls —children themselves— who have been sexually exploited by coercion or outright violence in Guatemala and become young mothers while barely in their teens.
The acceptance of open displays of homosexuality in Thokoza, South Africa, is a big change for a township that has seen many acts of violence against members of the LGBTI community.
On August 21, 2015, a news story broke in Argentina that shocked the country and received wall-to-wall television coverage. Fernando Farré, a successful executive, had stabbed his wife and mother of his three children to death.
Incidents of domestic violence are common in Papua New Guinea, a Pacific Island state of about 7 million people. But some cases are so horrific that they have made headlines in the country’s media.
Mozambique’s numbers reflect the frightening reality: Young women have become the main drivers of the region’s HIV pandemic.
Alina Saborit, a dressmaker and entrepreneur, tells her story. It’s a story that began 49 years ago in the Eastern edge of Cuba.
According to the UNHCR, a majority of refugees come from war-torn countries such as Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Eritrea. Germany, the biggest economy in the region, has so far received over 500,000 asylum applications.
Escaping war as a refugee is no one’s dream. Many teenage girls escaping Syria to neighbouring Lebanon must also specifically contend with child marriage, sexual violence and a host of new burdens and responsibilities.
Features from Issue 1 (August 2015) “Global Challenges to Women’s Rights”
Buthaina is from the village of Kucho in Iraq’s northern district of Sinjar, near the border with Syria. She is a member of the Yazidi.
It is a cold, rainy day in Chunchi, a canton in the Chimborazo Province in southern Ecuador. Eight-year-old Nicole has just arrived at school in Ramos Lomas, one of the rural communities in Chunchi.
An average of 16 women die every day giving birth in Uganda, victims of a health system that lacks doctors, drugs and facilities. But it is Nanteza’s death that became a rallying point for health activists
After nearly four decades of searching tirelessly and refusing to give up hope, Estela Barnes de Carlotto finally met her grandson for the first time on August 5, 2014. Estela’s daughter, Laura, had been abducted
I had reached a comfortable place in my life, I found out that I am really the son of a family who was ‘disappeared’ during Argentina’s last military dictatorship, and that my grandmother is Estela de Carlotto
Claudia Carlotto, the coordinator of the National Commission on the Right to Identity (CONADI), personally gives DNA results to the hundreds of people that have come searching for their true identity.
“My first love is coding. People think that girls can’t code, but I forget about the war and conflict in Afghanistan when I’m coding,” said Nooria Ismaelzade, a 25-year-old student from Herat, one of Afghanistan’s largest cities located near the border with Iran.
In March 2015, San Quintin field workers’ frustrations boiled over into a massive strike—a move driven in large part by the efforts and determination of female field workers.
India’s legitimized rape – The world’s largest democracy refuses to criminalize marital rape. Priyali Sur reports.