At WomenStrong we’re constantly staying abreast of news about women and girls around the world. After reading dozens of stories, here’s a roundup of the ones we found most interesting and wanted to share in June.
This Is What a Feminist Foreign Policy Looks Like Published by Penelope Starr at UN Dispatch
Canada recently announced a breakthrough in foreign aid: the first feminist international assistance policy. The Trudeau government is fundamentally redirecting the way the country delivers aid, prioritizing women and girls’ empowerment as a criteria for receiving Canadian funding — all without injecting any new funds.
11 Years Old, a Mom, and Pushed to Marry Her Rapist in Florida Published by Nicholas Kristof at The New York Times
Child marriage is far more common in the United States than many people realize — and a majority of child marriages are between girls and adult men. Read more to understand more about this startling reality.
Kenya’s Schoolgirls to Get Free Sanitary Pads from Government Published by the BBC
The Kenyan government recently made a stunning promise: all schoolgirls are to receive “free, sufficient and quality sanitary towels.” But how are they planning to turn this promise into action? Read on to learn more, including a look at the standout work of our fellow #WomenStrongWarrior, ZanaAfrica.
In Nepal, a Monthly Exile for Women Published by Evelyn Nieves at The New York Times
This eye-opening piece sheds light on the practice of Chaupadi, which considers menstruating women to be unlucky, untouchable and impure. This powerful, sexist, cultural myth means women are banished every month, often to sheds buried deep in forests. The stunning photos are yet more proof of the disturbing and detrimental consequences of silence – which allows menstruation to be treated as taboo.
What happens when the rains don’t stop? Or never come? And how does that affect women and girls? This is one of the topics addressed by Dr. Susan M. Blaustein before hundreds of educators, UN leaders, and climate change activists meeting with the Committee on Teaching about the UN (CTAUN) at its annual conference in New York.