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 July.
Nepali “Menstrual Hut” Ritual Claims Life of Teenage Girl Published by Sugam Pokharel at CNN
Although Chhaupadi was banned back in 2005, Nepal’s ritual of exiling menstruating women to makeshift huts is still practiced in towns like Dailekh. And it’s leading to tragic results, such as the recent death of 19-year-old Tulasi Shahi from a snakebite. Shahi is the second teenager in Dailekh to die during Chhaupadi in less than two months. The government has begun taking notice — but it’s still not enough.
Too Young to Wed: The Realities of Child Marriage in Africa Published by Linus Unah at This is Africa
Since the first African Union Girl’s Summit in 2015, more than 40 African countries are adopting legislation to do away with child marriage. But progress has not been fast enough; the amount of married girls in Africa is expected to rise from 125 million to 310 million by 2050. Girls often leap into marriage just to move past the poverty of their home lives — and find themselves in difficult, often abusive situations instead.
My Last Day of School Published by Malala Yousafzai
On Malala Yousafzai’s final day of secondary schooling, the world’s youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate writes a quietly beautiful piece that reflects on the terrors she withstood — and overcame — in the face of the Taliban’s ban on girls’ education, the dreams she has seen come true ever since, and the progress that still must happen to ensure every girl can attend school without fear.
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.