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Editorial: Building a better world for women

Women and girls represent half of the world’s population—but in spite of the progress that has been made in bettering their lives, the road ahead remains long.

In Senegal, girls are breaking the rules to get in the game.

For the time being, Ndir Seck remains optimistic that both Ladies’ Turn and it's girls will go from strength to strength.

The WISE Women of Nigeria Sparking Change

In rural Nigeria, cooking can kill you. According to the World Health Organisation, preparing three meals a day on a traditional wood-burning stove is the equivalent of smoking 20 packs of cigarettes. Little wonder then that each year, some 98,000 women die from the resulting respiratory and cardiac problems.

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Highlighting female entrepreneurs

33-year-old Emilie Hawlena wants to create synergies between women who share an entrepreneurial spirit, to help them break into the complex, exciting and sometimes hostile arena that is starting one’s own business.

Planting the seeds for a brighter future

Wafts of fresh mint pass through the sticky air, the ground is littered with cut-off bottles from which other aromatic herbs peek out, zigzagging tables laden with plant pots lead up to a building covered in hanging containers—all sprouting luscious greenness. This building is Centre d’écoute et d’encadrement pour le développement durable (Centre for Support and Training in Sustainable Development), more commonly known as Ceedd. The centre, founded in 2005 in the city of Thies, seventy kilometres east of the capital Dakar, provides microcredit and training in micro gardening to women from deprived urban settlements.

December 4, 2017
December 4, 2017

In Senegal, girls are breaking the rules to get in the game.

For the time being, Ndir Seck remains optimistic that both Ladies’ Turn and it's girls will go from strength to strength.

December 4, 2017
December 4, 2017

The WISE Women of Nigeria Sparking Change

In rural Nigeria, cooking can kill you. According to the World Health Organisation, preparing three meals a day on a traditional wood-burning stove is the equivalent of smoking 20 packs of cigarettes. Little wonder then that each year, some 98,000 women die from the resulting respiratory and cardiac problems.

December 4, 2017
December 4, 2017

Women's Voices Must be the Loudest on Matters of Climate, Governance and Societal Violence.

The world faces many major challenges, from climate change to armed conflict, massive displacement of people, the rise of the far-right and violence within our societies. These require urgent attention and action but none of these pressing issues can be adequately addressed without first facing up to the issue of gender inequality. No society can develop—economically, politically or socially—when half of its population is marginalised.

December 4, 2017
December 4, 2017
December 4, 2017
December 4, 2017

Breakthrough India smashes gender-based violence

When asked what her dreams are, 14-year-old Sunaina, who lives in a village in northern India, slipped into deep thought. After a few minutes, she said, “To get new clothes for Diwali,” referring to one of India’s biggest annual celebrations. “But what about a long-term dream,” she was prompted, “a wish you wake up to every day and want to achieve?” Another long silence, then Sunaina’s friends called her away. The question was never answered.

December 4, 2017
December 4, 2017

Women, Gender Equality and Climate Change: driving forward!

As the primary users of new agricultural techniques, as green energy entrepreneurs, or simply as those who decide on modes of consumption and behaviour within the family, women are key actors in bringing about change and developing solutions that secure our transition to a sustainable future.

December 4, 2017
December 4, 2017

In Paris suburb Saint-Denis, a women’s refuge is coming to the rescue of those who were forgotten

In this former industrial suburb where residents’ access to healthcare is mostly limited to hospital visits, a new space that is unique in France has opened: one that houses not only gynecologists and psychologists, but also social workers and lawyers.

November 28, 2017
November 28, 2017

Barbara Wildhaber, the Swiss Surgeon Saving the Tiniest of Lives

“Sometimes, when I’m operating, I say to myself, ‘but why do I do this?’”, Barbara Wildhaber laughs, as she often does during our meeting. The truth is that the paediatric surgeon doesn’t regret her choice. Each operation she carries out is highly pressurised, but there are benefits. “As soon as I’ve finished an operation, I know that it’s what I want to be doing. The combination of technique, the meticulous nature of operations—where everything is on a bonsaï scale—and then the relationships with parents and the children… It fascinates me.”

November 28, 2017
November 28, 2017

Beating Breast Cancer in Bangladesh

Clutching her baby, breast cancer survivor Basanti Majumder speaks of a pain in her left breast and fears her cancer may have returned. She stares briefly at the floor and giggles nervously. “I’m not going to the doctor now for financial reasons,” she says.

November 26, 2017
November 26, 2017

Against the odds, Bangladesh puts mothers at the forefront of medical practice

Ruby Akthar can still remember the agony of her first labour. Nestled away in one of Bangladesh’s many urban slums—aged just 20—a frightened Akthar attempted to deliver her first baby at home without ...