The Men Trying to Change the Stigma Around Menstruation in India
How Armenia Is Trying to Stop Sex-Selective Abortions
Tackling Rape and Assault in South Africa’s Taxi Industry
To End Sexual Slavery of India’s Devadasi, Economic Empowerment is Key
India’s Devadasis Trapped in Cycle of Poverty and Sex Work
India’s devadasi system, which “dedicates” girls to deities and to a life of sex work in the name of religion, was banned nationwide back in 1988. However, the practice persists in some parts of India.
Tanzania Continues Crackdown on LGBT Communities
Homosexuality has long been illegal in Tanzania, but in the past year, the government has aggressively and publicly targeted LGBT rights. We meet Queen M, a transsexual sex worker and fashion designer who says that, for the first time ever, she feels afraid.
South Sudanese Women Defy Society to Take On Men’s Work
One is a motorcycle taxi driver; the other a motorcycle mechanic. Meet two South Sudanese women challenging norms and prejudices by working jobs that are usually the reserve of men.
Three Years After Ebola: Hope and Struggle for Women in Liberia
Three years after the World Health Organization declared the Ebola outbreak emergency in March 2014, how have women’s lives changed? We reconnect with four Liberian women affected by the virus.
Bike Lessons Help Immigrant Women Feel at Home in Amsterdam
When Mama Agatha started teaching women how to ride bikes, she thought it would help them keep fit. But she soon learned that for many women, simply hopping on a bike becomes an act of independence.
The Kenyan Startup Helping Women Farmers Get Fair Prices
Due to voracious brokers, many Kenyan farmers make very little profit from selling their produce. But one social enterprise is teaching hundreds of farmers, most of them women, how to grow more and earn what they deserve.
Border-Jumping Puts Zimbabwean Women at Risk of Sexual Abuse
To find work, many Zimbabwean women illegally cross the borders into Botswana and South Africa. But during the crossing through the bush, they risk being attacked by “gumagumas” – gangs who rob and frequently rape their victims.
To Fight Violent Extremism, Security Sector Must Include More Women
In order to tackle violent extremism, women must be better represented in the security sector – including at the highest levels, says Camilla Bognoe of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.
Female Peacekeepers Fight Militants and Prejudice in Somalia
The number of women joining military and police ranks across Africa is rising. As part of our “Women and Jihad” series, we meet the female peacekeepers in Somalia who are taking on al-Shabab, both on the front lines and in the battle against extremist ideology.
The Liberian Marathon Runner Racing Past Prejudice
She's one of Liberia’s best marathon runners, but Joy Kollie still has to power through discrimination against female athletes, unfounded rumors of Ebola, and a lack of sponsorship opportunities.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
News Deeply - Women and Girls is a platform for news coverage and community engagement, focused on women and girls in the developing world. The site is produced by News Deeply and supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. All reports are produced by an independent editorial team, without interference from our sponsors or external parties.