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.
There’s a new app in India that’s keeping women safe. Using online and mobile technology, Safecity is collecting data, pinpointing problems and coming up with solutions to tackle violence against women in cities across the country.
There’s a new viral selfie craze happening in India, and it’s helping draw attention to a staggering statistic. Prime Minister Nerenda Modi and the Indian government use selfies to celebrate India’s daughters, and spotlight the devastating issue of female infanticide.
A UK initiative is seeking to change teaching methodologies and streamline curriculum across the Greater Accra region in an attempt to empower girls to own their education. UK’s DFID has teamed up with the UK private sector bring solar-powered computers to classrooms, which will deliver math and English lessons via satellite that are taught remotely by teachers in the capital.
In sub-Saharan Africa, 20% of the annual grain harvest is lost due in part to ancient processing methods. Women and girls often spend several hours each day threshing millet with a mortar and pestle and then wind winnowing to separate the grain from the chaff. Compatible Technology International developed three a suite of three tools that capture 90% of the grain.