4 Stories not to Miss from International Women’s Day

By Noha Zeitoun, Content Intern, PSI

We’re sure you have noticed, but in case you’ve been stuck in meetings all week, this past Tuesday, March 8th, was the International Day of the Women. The day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women around the world.

While we have come a long way, progress has also slowed down in many places around the world. Urgent action is needed to move the needle forward and continue to build on the progress that’s been made. In health, as well as in education, engaging women and girls creates impact and fosters development economically and socially.

Below, we’ve compiled pieces from around the web highlighting the progress we’ve made, and where we still need to go.

  1.  Names We’d Like To See When We Google ‘Women Changing The World’ – NPR
    “Sheryl Sandberg. Hillary Clinton. Malala Yousafzai. Oprah. Even Taylor Swift.These names pop up when you Google “women changing the world.” Depending on your politics and point of view, you may agree that these influencers have broken stereotypes, raised global awareness for critical issues like energy and education, and/or served as role models for girls.

    What about Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy? Etheldreda Nakimuli-Mpungu? Kiran Gandhi? Have you heard of them?

    Probably not.

    But they deserve a Google shout-out too. They’re some of the unsung women making strides in the developing world.”

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  2.  What role can young people play in ending female genital mutilation in Nigeria? – Women Deliver
    “While the practice of FGM isn’t limited to Nigeria, a report by UNICEF stated that in the past, Nigeria had the highest absolute number of FGM cases in the world, amounting to approximately one quarter of the estimated 115-130 million cases in this world. This statistic shows how common the practice of FGM is in Nigeria. Because of this, it is necessary to highlight the role young people can play in totally eradicating the practice of FGM in Nigeria.”  

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  3. 50 Captivating Photos Of Girls Going To School Around The World – Huffington Post
    “To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, we’ve rounded up 50 photos of girls going to school around the world.The photos feature girls of all ages from China, Palestine, Kenya and more, getting an education. Whether they’re walking to school with friends or excited about learning something new in class, these photos are proof that all children should have the right to get an education, no matter their gender.”

    See the photos.

  4.  Charlize Theron, Julia Gillard, Monica Geingos & Graca Machel: The Impact of HIV On Young Women – The Global Fund

“While we may be winning the battle against HIV, we still risk losing the war because young women and girls are being left behind. Every hour, around 34 young African women are infected with HIV and in some parts of sub-Saharan Africa, a young woman is five times more likely to be infected with HIV then a young man. These are shocking statistics, but there is hope. There is compelling evidence that better education outcomes lead to improved health outcomes for young women and girls, especially when it comes to HIV.”