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Samantha Cowan

2 October 2015

Burkina Faso

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By supporting small-scale female farmers, Groundswell International, an NGO, is diversifying diets and combating food insecurity in countries in West Africa.

Public Radio International (PRI)

Rhitu Chatterjee

17 September 2015

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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WhyLoiter is a growing movement that encourages women in India to spend time out in the street to challenge societal restrictions on women in public.

Public Radio International (PRI)

Sonia Narang

14 September 2015

Haryana, India

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Three women left their hometown in Kerala, South India to marry men 2,000 miles away in the northern state of Haryana, where decades of female feticide led to a shortage of brides.

The Atlantic

Jillian Kumagai

5 September 2015

Tanzania

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Not all reality shows focus on the lives of the rich and famous. Female Food Heroes, is a Tanzanian reality show in which female farmers compete against each other for a grand prize. Ultimately, it’s not just about th...

Foreign Policy

Valerie Hudson

Andrew Den Boer

30 July 2015

South Korea

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Due to patrilineality, sons are highly favored over daughters in many countries, with serious consequence. South Korea, the only country to have returned to normal sex ratios after having a highly abnormal ratio of b...

The Huffington Post

Eleanor Goldberg

30 July 2015

Shinyanga, Tanzania

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Many unskilled workers in Tanzania are women and, due to gender inequality, they are often disregarded and live with economic hardship. Oxfam Tanzania has a reality show that raises awareness of women farmers. The win...

The Guardian

Holly Young

28 July 2015

Pakistan

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Female police officers are more effective in decreasing violence against women, but suffer gender discrimination and little societal support. Programs in different countries are making small changes to support female ...

Foreign Affairs

Christina Asquith

27 July 2015

Iraq

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After pressure from activists, a slew of countries have passed laws that ban female genital mutilation, the practice of cutting of a girl’s external genitalia. However, in some places like the Iraqi Kurdistan region,...

The Guardian

Alia Dharssi

29 June 2015

Jharkhand, India

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Girls in India are sometimes forced into the prospects of child marriage, prostitution, or slave labor; alternatively, families often teach girls to be wives and mothers. To empower girls to make their own choices, Yu...

Quartz

Tamara Straus

11 June 2015

Miami, Florida, United States

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“Empowerment self-defense” teaches women how to defend themselves against sexual assault, psychological awareness, and how to be verbally assertive. A study showed that women who took empowerment self defense classes...

The Globe and Mail

Erin Anderssen

10 June 2015

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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In the debate over how to reduce sexual assault on university campuses, proposing self-defense classes for women is controversial. But, according to new landmark Canadian research, it works.

Public Radio International (PRI)

Sonia Narang

8 June 2015

Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India

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Rama Arora defied tradition and secretly pursued her PhD as a young woman in India, succeeding at becoming the first female professor at a women's college. Now she is inspiring more Indian girls to further their educa...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Sam Eaton

5 June 2015

Matemwe, Zanzibar, Tanzania

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In Zanzibar, hundreds of households too poor and remote to have access to the electrical grid are getting low cost solar power for the first time, from a group of local female engineers trained by and Indian NGO. It's...

Voice of America (VOA)

Amy Yee

28 May 2015

Dhaka, Dhaka Division, Bangladesh

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A non-profit in Bangladesh is fighting domestic violence by having female and especially male Bangladeshi volunteers give sexual education and women's rights classes.

GOOD Magazine

Priti Salian

28 May 2015

Mumbai, India

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A Mumbai-based nonprofit is helping daughters of sex workers transition into a school environment. Therapy, meditation, and classes about social justice help to instill confidence in students.

Christian Science Monitor

The Christian Science Monitor Editorial Board

19 May 2015

Casablanca, Morocco

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The Islamic State's recruitment of women draws big attention. But less noticed and more important are efforts in Islamic countries to raise the number of women in religious leadership, despite a long tradition against...

Women's eNews

Léa Bouchoucha

1 April 2015

New York, New York, United States

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Female veterans are more likely to have a history of trauma, be unemployed, and be homeless. To address this disparity, the VA has started awarding grants to organizations that help female vets.

Public Radio International (PRI)

Sonia Narang

9 March 2015

Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines

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Women in the Philippines have been coming to this small clinic in a Manila slum for years to get affordable birth control, something frowned upon in this largely conservative Catholic country.

Pacific Standard

Maya Dusenbery

5 February 2015

United States

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Abortion is a highly stigmatized topic that can lead individuals to selectively disclose who they tell about the experience. Storytelling is now being viewed as a way to help de-stigmatize abortion based on contact th...

The New York Times

Elizabeth Stuart

22 January 2015

Cairo, Egypt

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Muslim women in Egypt are expected to marry young and to stay close to home, and if they do not, they can be subjected to abuse or heavy criticism by men in the household. Save the Children’s Choices program offers ed...

The Seattle Times

Katherine Long

29 November 2014

Seattle, Washington, United States

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In an idea borrowed from college athletics called redshirting, STARS enrolls promising engineering students — many of them women and minorities — to give them an additional year of collegiate academic work before they...

Global Post

Ankita Rao

29 October 2014

New Delhi, Delhi, India

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Sex ed is surprisingly awkward in the land of the Kama Sutra, but one foundation is trying to change that with a modern version of the program, all in an effort to stop gang rape.

Appalachian Voices

Kimber Ray

10 August 2014

Berea, Kentucky, United States

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A girls camp in West Virginia and a residential program in Kentucky help Appalachian women build self esteem and enable them to turn their life around through mentoring, stem classes, and job counseling.

Next City

Gregory Scruggs

16 June 2014

Seattle, Washington, United States

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The creation, support and development of farmers' markets around the United States lends itself to the economic empowerment of women and minority growers. From Seattle to Philadelphia, these small public markets make ...

Al Jazeera

Jean Friedman-Rudovsky

14 June 2014

Erachi, Tamil Nadu, India

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Small-scale women farmers are working together to create a new Green Revolution in southern India, opening a set of pilot farms to empower women and sustainably farm.

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