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Global Women's News: What We're Reading in June

Global Women's News: What We're Reading in June

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.

It’s a Girl Thing: Menstruation, School Attendance, Spatial Mobility and Wider Gender Inequalities in Kenya
Published by Sarah Jewitt & Harriet Ryley at Science Direct
This whitepaper explains how “emotional geographies” of puberty and menstruation can help reduce gender inequality and improve access to vital resources — especially education — and details how this shift could create life-altering positive change for young girls.

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.

Chelsea Clinton: Why We Need to Talk About Menstruation and Breastfeeding
Published by Chelsea Clinton at Well & Good
Clinton asks many of the same questions that our Empower the Period campaign discusses: Why aren’t we factoring menstruation into conversations about global economic development, justice or healthcare? This piece is a battle cry for erasing stigma, destroying the barriers to access necessary products, and encouraging the acceptance of a completely natural bodily process.

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