At WomenStrong, we try to keep up with stories about the challenges and triumphs of women and girls worldwide. Here are a few that caught our eye during the month of August that we hope will inspire and motivate you, as they have us.
Bridging the digital gender divide
Medium, UN Human Rights
Women in tech are crushing the gender stereotype that the digital world is only for men. Here, women across the globe train girls to use the internet, thereby empowering them to pursue digital careers.
India scraps tampon tax after campaign
When the Indian government labeled sanitary pads and tampons as “luxury items” and slapped on a 12% tax, women’s rights activists sprang into action to campaign against it. A year later, the tax has been lifted, signaling a win for women’s rights and a step towards ensuring that girls can stay in school.
How Climate Change in Bangladesh Affects Women and Girls
In developing countries, the effects of climate change extend well beyond the physical damage to homes and communities. Teen Vogue unveils the harrowing and intersectional consequences women in Bangladesh experience as a result of global warming, including displacement, early marriage, decreased nutrition, and compounded pregnancy complications.
As Long as Women Are Detained at the Border, Their Pregnancies Are at Risk
Pregnant women detained at the border are being denied critical prenatal and medical care in ICE holding centers, resulting in miscarriages, antenatal complications, and trauma. US senators and grassroots organizations are banding together to fight for the safety of all mothers-to-be, regardless of their immigration status.
Rohingya girls face ‘prison-like’ conditions in refugee camps
A year ago, Myanmar’s minority Rohingya population was brutally driven out of their homeland and into neighboring Bangladesh by the Myanmar military. Plan International interviewed 300 refugee girls living in camps outside Cox’s Bazar who spoke of the violence even within the camps, resulting in their being confined in small tents with temperatures soaring beyond 104°F. Plan International’s report, Adolescent Girls in Crisis: Voices of the Rohingya, was released on World Refugee Day. “There is no doubt that adolescent Rohingya girls are one of the greatest victims in this humanitarian crisis,” said Orla Murphy, Plan International’s Bangladesh country director. Read the Summary Report here.
11 and Married: Malaysia Spars Over an Age-Old Practice
The New York Times
In Malaysia, an impoverished 11-year-old girl became the third wife of a well-to-do older man. Wedding pictures on social media sparked outrage and controversy in the Muslim-majority country, where Muslims and non-Muslims are bound by different laws. The New York Times recounts how this disturbing union is legal under Sharia law.