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What We’re Reading in February 2019

What We’re Reading in February 2019

2019 is off to a fierce start for the women around the world. From remembering a woman who paved the way for others in her industry, to ways that technology is helping end stigma around menstruation, here’s what we are reading this month:

Violence Against Adolescent Girls: Trends and Lessons For East Africa

Global Women’s Institute, George Washington University
Adolescence is a crucial and defining stage in a girl’s life. However, girls around the world too often face unique risks of gender discrimination and gender-based violence (GBV), including sexual violence, human trafficking, forced marriage and sexual exploitation and abuse.” This paper exploring the types and drivers of gender-based violence perpetrated against girls in war-riddled South Sudan.

A Period Emoji is Coming and It’s About Damn Time


“For all the time we spend talking about periods, it’s kinda shocking that not a single emoji can adequately represent that time of the month. A syringe, a germ, and poo have all made the cut, but there’s no emoji that can adequately speak to our monthly menstruation? That’s about to change. A period emoji is being released this month.”

She made history as a Navy pilot. An all-female squadron just flew over her funeral

Washington Post

Rosemary Mariner, who died January 24th of ovarian cancer, broke the glass ceiling for women who wanted to fly. Mariner knew she wanted to be airborne before she could even drive. After her father, an Air Force pilot, was killed in a plane crash, she washed airplanes to make money for flying lessons. This compelling tribute reveals a life of leadership and legacy, inspiring generations of female pilots to come.

Uganda FGM ban: ‘Why I broke the law to be circumcised aged 26’


“Sylvia Yeko decided to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) three
weeks ago at the age of 26 – even though the practice, which used to be performed on teenage girls, was outlawed in Uganda in 2010… For her the act was not only a cultural rite but also a form of protest against the government’s failure to keep its promises to help educate and advance prospects for women once circumcision was banned. People in these underdeveloped and poor areas expected to have greater access to social services and infrastructure by giving up FGM.”

The Rising Generation of Female Tibetan Buddhist Leaders

“With 80 candidates studying for the new and highly demanding geshema degree, the Kopan nunnery, in Kathmandu, is emerging as an important center of learning for a new generation of female Tibetan Buddhist leaders. The increased attention on nuns’ education, including the geshema—Tibetan Buddhism’s highest degree, which has historically been limited to monks as the geshe—represents a major step forward and a significant departure from a long history of male dominance.”

Outspoken journalist Maria Ressa hit with new law suit in ‘absurd legal attack’

“Award-winning journalist Maria Ressa has been indicted for a second time, in a move widely criticized by rights groups as an attempt to stifle press freedoms in the Philippines. Ressa, who is the founder and editor of online news outlet Rappler, is currently out on bail following tax evasion charges filed against her in November, which critics say are politically motivated. She now faces “cyber libel” charges over an article published in 2012.”

India’s female college students are fighting for their right to stay out after dark

Washington Post

“For years, college campuses in India have regulated the movement of their female students in the name of safety. But in protests over the past several months, women on college campuses across the country have voiced their demands: freedom from oppressive rules and equality with the male students. And slowly, colleges are responding.”

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