Free to Run in Afghanistan

For many women, playing volleyball or going for a jog are beneficial, stress-relieving pursuits. It is hard to imagine that in some parts of the world, females are banned from participating in sports because of religious, gender, and ethnic discrimination. The non-profit organization Free to Run is changing that by bringing athletics to women in hard-to-reach parts of the globe.

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Getting Young Mothers Back in the Classroom after Ebola

Sierra Leone finally reopened classroom doors after a nine-month school closure during the Ebola outbreak. Unfortunately, the government also announced a ban on all visibly pregnant girls in the classroom. An initiative has since been launched in collaboration with the government to encourage new and expecting teenage mothers to return to school, in response to the spike in pregnancies observed during the Ebola crisis.

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Women Take the Wheel in India

India has a less-than-stellar reputation concerning women’s rights. Sexual violence and misogyny appear to be normalized, as evidenced by the horrific reports of rape and other crimes against women that have recently come to light. Despite this, women are fighting back using different tactics. Indian women are asserting themselves through employment to attain financial independence.

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The All-in-One Menstrual Hygiene Kit

Ninety percent of girls and women use reusable pads or rags. If improperly cleaned or left damp, they are at risk of contracting reproductive infections and illnesses. Flo is a hygiene kit that allows girls to wash, dry and carry reusable sanitary pads.

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