February 2016

Here’s what we could find on the subject.

Building a movement around Khatna

This is part 2 in a two-part series on FGM in India. Read Part 1 here.  Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) or “Khatna”, as it is referred to in India, is practised secretly among the Bohra community. Over the past year, several women from the community

#3 – Giving Birth in Sweden

In this episode of The Mom Pod, Julia Wiklander interviews midwives about the state of maternal health care in Sweden – a country that has been consistently ranked as one of the best places to give birth. She speaks with expecting parents about their preparations,

Global Movements Can Fight Slavery

I first learned about the issue of modern day slavery well over ten years ago. It was an unbearably hot and muggy day in the capital city of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. As I walked the dusty street from my apartment to a local community center,

What Kesha’s Case Really Reveals

On February 19th, outlets published a photo of singer Kesha sobbing in a courtroom as a judge revealed she’d ruled against her. In a much-publicized case, the singer had been trying to get a preliminary injunction to allow her to stop recording with her producer, Lukasz

Indian women speak out against FGM

This article is part 1 of a two-part series on FGM in India Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is traditionally known to be practised in 30 African countries. According to latest reports from international agencies like UNICEF, it is said that FGM has been done on

The Diary of an Indian sex-educator

Her: “Is it possible for you to talk on menstruation and child sexual abuse to young girls?” Me: “Sure! What age are they?” Her: “Studying in Class 5 and 6.” Me: “Great! That shouldn’t be a problem.” Her: “There is one thing though, you can’t

The Journey from Nursing to Maternal Health Innovation

This article was written by Lindsay Sanders, Communications and Design Fellow at Jacaranda Health, and originally posted on Jacaranda’s website.  There are few people in this world who dedicate their lives to serve others. Most of us bounce around from job to job, exploring new industries, discovering

CDC’s Infographic and the Double Standard of Behavior

  A man has a beer and is featured in TV commercials. He’s cool, he’s “one of the guys.” But time and time again, women are called out, shamed, and even blamed for the behavior of others for doing the same thing. In 2013, Hong

#2 – The Zika Virus: A Threat and an Opportunity

Because of the growing worry over the Zika virus and particularly the risks it may pose to pregnant women and their babies, we dedicated the second episode of The Mom Pod to this topic. To explore both the medical side of the virus as well

The Global Mental Health Burden

It is estimated that 1 in 4 people globally will be affected by mental or neurological disorders in their lifetime. Yet, the magnitude of mental illness is not matched by the amount of resources and awareness that the burden demands. Mental illnesses affect women and

Svetlana Alexievich: Author, Activist and a Nobel Laureate

For more than 30 years Belarusian journalist and writer Svetlana Alexievich has explored conflict and its aftermath. Through numerous interviews, books and articles she has pursued a life that gives a voice to the survivors of conflict. Focused on the tragedies of the Soviet Union as

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