international women's Day 2018
This past year has been especially dramatic for women, as their voices grow even stronger in demands for equality.
In honor of International Women's Day, here are some articles that highlight the many strides, achievements, sacrifices, and just plain hard work women have contributed -
In Santa Catarina Palopó, a town in Guatemala near the well-known Lake Atitlan, women have initiated an ingenious project to paint the town, using colors and designs that imitate weavings made by indigenous women.
The goal is to strengthen community cohesion to tackle problems like a lack of sanitation and draw more visitors to the town, helping create jobs around tourism. But the connection to weaving gives it special resonance among women in the community — and by taking leadership of the initiative, they are also gaining the ability to challenge traditional gender roles.
The #MeToo movement, which started in America to fight back against sexual harassment, has also had a powerful global effect. Here's how women around the world have responded to #MeToo.
Nearly four decades of war, terror and internal conflict in Afghanistan have left millions of mothers without husbands. Yet there is no word for “single mothers” in Dari and Pashto, the languages spoken in Afghanistan. These women singlehandedly raise their children in the war-torn country of Afghanistan, but their stories are rarely told in the media.
This interesting article features the work of photographer Kiana Hayeri as she captures the struggles, strength and stories of single mothers in Afghanistan.
Of all low-income countries in the world, Lesotho has the highest proportion of women in education at all levels, but most pronounced at the high school level. It's a trend that's persisted for decades, meaning women in Lesotho are far more literate than men.
Here's a look at some of the historical reasons why this happened - and why education alone may not be enough to keep young women from leaving.
Photographer Christian Rodriguez has been documenting the lives of teenage mothers in Latin America. This short TED talk looks at the effects of teen pregnancies on young girls and communities - and why educating girls is the key to breaking the cycle of teen pregnancy.
Six teenage girls from Afghanistan have been denied visas to travel to the US for an international robotics competition, but they will be permitted to send their ball-sorting contraption to compete without them.
The aspiring inventors wept when they heard they couldn't escort their machine to Washington DC for the First Global Challenge, an annual contest for high school students from across the world.
July 12, 2017: UPDATE: Trump intervenes to grant rejected Afghan girls entry to U.S. for robotics contest
the manchester attack: many believe girls and women were the primary target
On May 22, 2017, a suicide bomber allegedly linked to the terrorist group ISIS detonated a bomb at a concert by pop star Ariana Grande. The explosive killed 22 people - including an 8-year-old girl - and over 100 people were hospitalized, making it the deadliest terrorist attack in Britain since 2005.
The venue and target audience were likely no accident; Grande is known for her strong views against sexism and the objectification of women, as well as the celebration of female sexuality and freedom. Here's why many believe that women were the primary target of this attack:
Two powerful stories on human trafficking:
As severe storms and rising sea levels wear down coastal regions, women and girls are at ever-greater risk. Climate change is a new push factor for human trafficking; its effects destroy livelihoods and place women and children in post-catastrophe situations that traffickers exploit.
Those who work on trafficking and migration say it’s becoming more and more clear that climate change increases the risk for violence against women.
Behind the everyday bargains we all love — the $10 manicure, the unlimited shrimp buffet — is a hidden world of forced labor to keep those prices at rock bottom.
Noy Thrupkaew investigates human trafficking – which flourishes in the US and Europe, as well as developing countries – and shows us the human faces behind the exploited labor that feeds global consumers.