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.
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.
The UNHCR has introduced and promoted the use of mud stoves and biomass briquettes in the Nakivale refugee camps in Uganda through its Briquette-Making Project, a simple innovation that is having a major impact for women and children in the camp.
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.
Two high-school students, Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser, created their own game that combats the stigma surrounding feminine hygiene. The pair met in the summer of 2014 when participating in a Girls Who Code summer program. For their final project, they developed Tampon Run.
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.
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.