Childbirth is still a significant danger for women living in the Global South, and is currently the leading cause of death for women of childbearing age. The Maternova Obstetric Kit is specifically designed for midwives and frontline health workers with a focus on postpartum hemorrhaging.
Solar Sister provides women with clean energy technology in communities without access to energy sources, and who are more likely to live in impoverished conditions. Their results include a thirty percent decrease in household kerosene expenses, along with an improved quality and duration of light by an additional three hours.
In Nepal, a country where girls’ voices are traditionally not heard or valued, young women are speaking up and stopping practices of human trafficking, child marriage, abuse and discrimination. Her Turn is at the helm of this transformation.
When school girls in Tanzania are forced to end their formal schooling because of issues such as pregnancy, bullying, or family discouragement, new and innovative BRAC study clubs step in to help young women complete their education and reach their potential.
Women on Web is a non-profit organization based in The Netherlands that provides access to safe abortions for women. The pro-choice led initiative, created in 1999 by Dutch physician Rebecca Gomperts, has launched several controversial campaigns to advocate for women’s reproductive rights globally.
The Dharavi slum in Mumbai, India is one of the largest in the world and is home to between 300,000 and 1 million people. Violence against women, such as domestic violence, honour killings, and rape, is common. In 2014, SNEHA, an Indian NGO, began using an Android app to identify and report gender-based violence in Dharavi.
Women in Palestine face serious challenges to gender equality, and many fear rape, domestic violence, economic uncertainty, and discrimination. The Ma’an Network, an independent, non-profit media organization, is aiming to address these issues by airing television programs that teach the general public, raise awareness about violence against women, and create behaviour change.
For much of my life, International Women’s Day has been an honourable but distant commemoration. The UN established the day in 1975 to promote women’s rights globally, but from my comfortable Canadian vantage point the problems facing women in the rest of world lacked the substance of reality.
Lack of contraception and family planning services is a serious challenge for women in developing countries around the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 200 million women in the Global South would like to access contraception, but are currently unable. In 2012 alone, this led to almost 80 million unplanned pregnancies, with about 25% of women resorting to unsafe abortions.
In Swaziland, the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women (November 25th) was the kick off to the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence campaign in which SWAGAA and many other NGOs participated. Unfortunately, this annual event has been going on for years because the problem has not been solved.