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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South African Breastmilk Banks Save Lives

South Africa has one of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the world. Although breastfeeding is the single best way to nourish a child and provide immunity, many South African children continue to die of malnutrition. Now, several initiatives are using new techniques to promote and encourage breastfeeding in the country.

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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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