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, including two pieces that highlight WomenStrong Consortium members, DHAN and HOPE.
The Girl Who Smiled Beads, by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil
A New York Times bestseller, this memoir tracks the harrowing flight from the 1994 Rwandan genocide of six-year-old Clemantine Wamariya, who traversed seven African countries and ultimately found her home in Chicago. The story explores how being a survivor of genocide and a kind of permanent outsider has shaped Wamariya’s outlook and how, fortified by humor, honest reflection, and a palpable sense of joy, she has succeeded in building a new and hope-filled life.
Rural American women don’t get enough healthcare. This “shithole” country has a solution
WomenStrong Consortium Member Haiti Outreach-Pwoje Espwa (H.O.P.E.) is saving women’s lives through its last-mile health care program, including women-only mobile clinics and dedicated community involvement. The United States health care system might have a thing or two to learn from H.O.P.E.’s resourceful and effective model.
In Madurai, India, it’s easier to find cellphone reception than a proper toilet. Ahila Devi of the DHAN Foundation , a WomenStrong Consortium Member, calls attention to the need for better infrastructure and for access to toilets in particular, as critical factors in curbing violence against women and girls.
India’s urban young women fear taking public transport most; poorest feel most unsafe in cinema halls
Among other startling statistics, a new report by Save the Children finds that 47 percent of the 3,000 urban girls surveyed feel susceptible to sexual abuse while using public transportation.
[Do You Care About the Rule of Law? Then Act Like It]
New York Times
What’s at risk, turning away those seeking asylum at our borders? Only our Constitution, the rule of law, and fundamental human rights, is all! Read, learn, and stand with immigrants and asylum seekers who seek and deserve to live in peace.