Forced out of school, but refusing to give up on education in Afghanistan — Global Issues

year after the Taliban takeover, 17-year-old Mursal Fasihi is still in disbelief that she cannot go back to school. Once a dedicated student, Ms. Fasihi – like all girls of secondary school age – has been unable to return to the classroom due to rules imposed by the country’s de…

The New Cold War Over Access To Safe Abortion in Kenya — Global Issues

Opinion by Stephanie Musho, Ritah Anindo Obonyo (nairobi) Thursday, September 22, 2022 Inter Press Service NAIROBI, Sep 22 (IPS) – Fatuma is a 24 year old girl from Korogocho, an informal settlement in Nairobi. She died in December 2021, from complications arising from an unsafe abortion. Her friend and a few…

New UN guide helps support perinatal mental healthcare in ‘stigma-free’ environment — Global Issues

Life-altering moments like pregnancy, birth, and early parenthood can be stressful for women and their partners, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). 🤰🏻 Pregnancy🤱🏾 Birth👩‍👧 Early parenthood These life altering moments can be stressful for women & their partners and might impact their #MentalHealth. 🆕 WHO guide supports maternal…

Female genital mutilation ‘amounts to torture,’ impunity must end — Global Issues

Following criminal proceedings over the death of a 21-year-old student who was subject to the brutal practice in the Bonthe District, three Special Rapporteurs issued a statement condemning female genital mutilation as “a grave form of violence against women and girls that amounts to torture”. “It violates the fundamental rights of its victims,…

Sri Lanka’s economic crisis pushes health system to brink of collapse — Global Issues

When Ruchika found out she was pregnant with her second child, in October 2021, she could not have imagined that she would find herself, hours before delivering her baby, in a crowded distribution queue, pleading for fuel to get to the hospital. “The majority of the crowd was sympathetic,” Ruchika…

‘We are the hope, we are the power keeping Afghanistan together’ — Global Issues

“The first nights and days were especially horrible. Afghanistan was turning into chaos—people were running everywhere; offices were closing. It was all happening in front of my eyes. In 24 hours a democracy we worked for over a 20-year period crumbled. The first thought I had in mind was what…

UN agencies recommitment to women, girls in Afghanistan one year after Taliban takeover — Global Issues

“It has been a year of increasing disrespect for their right to live free and equal lives, denying them opportunity to livelihoods, access to health care and education, and escape from situations of violence,” said Sima Bahous, Executive Director at UN Women.  🚨What is happening in #Afghanistan is an alarm…