5 Things We’re Reading This Week - March 9, 2020

As part of a new series, Together for Girls will share five news stories that caught our attention for the week. This week, as the world celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8, 2020,  we saw an increase in coverage of gender issues. Check out how the world celebrated International Women’s Day and more below:

1. International Women’s Day: Events Highlighting Gender Inequality Take Place Around the World


The Guardian (March 9, 2020): The Guardian showcased events taking place all over the world for International Women’s Day. In over a dozen countries, women and allies gathered to protest for women’s rights and protection against violence.

2. How to Report a Sexual Assault to a Dating App


ProPublica (March 9, 2020): This ProPublica article highlights the difficulty in reporting sexual assault, rape, or abuse to popular dating apps. It advises readers on how to report these issues in general, but also how to report them to dating apps like Tinder and Bumble. Helping more people become aware of how to report sexual assault is an important first step to addressing sexual violence.

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3. ‘Even Men Now Cheer Me On’: Kabul Women Sell Burgers in Solar-Powered Food Carts


Reuters (March 8, 2020): This Reuters article brings positive news from Kabul, Afghanistan, where women have started breaking taboos and running food carts. Whereas previously the Taliban banned women from working, they have recently started allowing women to work, a significant win for Afghan women who can finally have financial independence.

4. Gender Study Finds 90% of People Are Biased Against Women


BBC (March 5, 2020): This BBC article highlights a recent UN report, which has found that at least 90% of men and women hold some sort of bias against females and that there are no countries in the world that have achieved gender equality. Since violence against women and girls is rooted in gender inequality, these findings underline the importance of addressing gender bias.

5. Girls Stay Longer in School But Obesity, Suicide and Sexual Violence Remain Risks


The Guardian (March 4, 2020): This Guardian article discusses an important report revealing that although girls are less likely to drop out of school than ever before, they face increasing rates of poor mental health, obesity, and sexual violence. These findings highlight the importance of ensuring that girls receive a quality education, which includes addressing gender discrimination and sexual violence.

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