Read article by Jessica Sabano from Daily Monitor.
"Domestic violence. The year 2016 will be one that 28-year-old Faith Ninsiima will remember for a long time. On March 10, 2016, she woke up with all her limbs intact. But by the time the day ended, she had lost them both and an eye. Her husband had cut them all off. In just a few seconds she was amputated and left for dead, but it was not her time to die. She told Jessica Sabano her story."
Read article by Jessica Sabano from Daily Monitor.
"PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — When President Trump and his (male) aides sit at a conference table deciding to cut off money to women’s health programs abroad, they call it a “pro-life” move.
Yet here in Haiti, I’ll tell you the result: Impoverished women suffer ghastly injuries and excruciating deaths. Washington’s new women’s health policies should be called “pro-death.”
When women and girls don’t have access to family planning and reproductive health care, they’re more likely to suffer pelvic organ prolapses, in which the bladder, uterus or bowel may protrude from the vagina. Or they suffer a fistula, a childbirth injury that leaves them leaking urine or feces, stinking and ostracized, and sometimes unable to walk. Women with prolapses or fistulas sit in their huts, humiliated, wondering if they are cursed, waiting to die."
Read article by Nicholas Kristof from The New York Times.
"The pregnancy-related death rate in Texas nearly doubled between 2010 and 2012 ― the same time period that the state severely cut women’s health funding, most notably at Planned Parenthood, according to a new study.
The research, which will be published in the September issue of the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, found that 148 Texas women died in 2012 from pregnancy-related causes, either while pregnant, or soon after being pregnant, up from 72 deaths in 2010. Similarly, the rate in Texas jumped from 18 deaths per 100,000 births in 2006 to 36 deaths per 100,000 births in 2014.
But sadly, Texas is just an extreme snapshot of the United States’ bigger maternal mortality problem.
The U.S. is the only developed country in the world where maternal deaths actually increased between 1993 and 2013, according to the World Health Organization."
Read article by Erin Schumaker from The Huffington Post.
"Boko Haram militants have used 27 children to carry out suicide bombing attacks in the first three months of this year in Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon, according to a new report from UNICEF.
This marks a major increase — 30 children were used in bombings for all of 2016 in those four countries, where Boko Haram is active.
UNICEF says 117 children have been used in suicide attacks since 2014. Eighty percent of them were girls.
The horrifying pattern is a sign of shifting strategy for Boko Haram, now waging its eighth year of conflict. "The insurgency has changed its tactics over the course of the conflict, from holding towns and territory to a guerrilla-style insurgency that uses hit and run attacks and improvised explosive devices," UNICEF says.
That shift is clear in the numbers: Four were used in suicide attacks in 2014, 56 in 2015, and 30 in 2016."
Read article by Merrit Kennedy from NPR.
"Most of us would consider our home as the ultimate sanctuary: it’s the place that we make our own and guard from others, a safe space for our families. We may worry over the cost of renting or buying our home. We may struggle to maintain it. But we don’t lie awake at night in constant fear of being evicted because someone else is claiming ownership of it.
We’re lucky. An estimated 1 billion people living across some of the world’s mega cities don’t have any rights over the property or the land they live in. From the slums of Cantagalo in Rio to Kibera in Nairobi, multiple generations of people are being governed by an underworld of illegal networks – a para-economy run by gangsters – who they rely on to supply services they would otherwise not have access to, because of their status."
Read article by Monique Villa from World Economic Forum.
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Read article by Erika Eichelberger from Mother Jones.
"Last week, a terrible act of hate killed four people, including policeman Keith Palmer, right in the heart of Westminster. The damage cannot be undone; 13 are still in hospital, and investigations continue. But in times of crisis, the true character of a city emerges.
The heroes. The kindness. The tube signs. The world saw London at its best — defiant, compassionate, and united. The people paid their respects, and sent a fearless message to all: nothing can divide us. Unimpressed by terror, London didn’t stop for a second — and the stories of solidarity keep flooding in."
Read article by James Hitchings-Hales from Global Citizen.
"In remote western Nepal, where the Himalayas brush the sky, girls spend their childhoods as they have for generations, dreading growing up.
Puberty starts a monthly exile. An entrenched, superstitious practice linked to Hinduism, Chaupadi, considers menstruating women impure and bad luck, rendering them untouchables. Menstruating women are banished, often to forests where they sleep in crude, cubbylike sheds or caves, braving extreme weather and lurking predators, from snakes to rapists. There they stay as long as their periods last, several days a month, and they must do this for 35 to 40 years.
Rarely — usually only when death strikes — does this practice, outlawed by Nepal’s Supreme Court in 2005, make the news. Last month, a 15-year-old girl choked to death on smoke after lighting a fire in her menstrual hut to keep warm, just weeks after a 21-year-old woman died the same way. Their deaths generated headlines for perhaps a day."
Read article by Evelyn Nieves from The New York Times.
Women's labour in India is often not recorded as work, says founder of one of the world's largest trade unions
"The world’s fastest-growing major economy has a serious problem when it comes to getting women to join the workforce.
India’s female labour force participation rate is just 27%, one of the lowest in the world. The dismal number is the result of persistent gender inequality, as well as a lack of technical skills and jobs for women. And that’s why, 83-year-old Ela Bhatt has dedicated her life to fighting for change.
In 1972, Bhatt founded the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), the world’s largest trade union (pdf) for economically backward and unorganised women workers in India. Since then, she’s been working to provide women with social and financial security, becoming a crusader for women’s economic rights. Bhatt was recognised for her efforts with the Padma Bhushan in 1986, one of the country’s highest honours for civilians."
Read article by Suneera Tandon from Quartz India.
"Three Royal Brunei Airlines pilots have made history by being the company's first all-female flight crew, making their first journey to Saudi Arabia, where women are not allowed to drive.
The women flew the Boeing 787 Dreamliner from Brunei to Jeddah.
The milestone coincided with Brunei's National Day to celebrate independence.
Last year women in Saudi Arabia cast their votes for the first time in municipal elections. A total of 978 women also registered as candidates.
They were alongside 5,938 men and had to speak behind a partition while campaigning, or be represented by a man.
The decision to allow women to take part was taken by the late King Abdullah and is seen as a key part of his legacy."
Read article from BBC News.
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