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Jasmine Burton: Imagining a New Future for Women and Girls’ Menstrual Health

Jasmine Burton: Imagining a New Future for Women and Girls’ Menstrual Health
Jasmine: A growing list of startups, brands, NGOs, and advocates are paving the way for positive change across the menstrual health sector—from comic books and board games that educate youth about periods to reengineered, leak-free tampons. Leading up to Menstrual Hygiene Day 2020, we embarked on a three-week design sprint to imagine, “What if?”......

Danielle Taylor: Defying Expectations and Encouraging Others to Do the Same

Danielle Taylor: Defying Expectations and Encouraging Others to Do the Same
Danielle: I grew up in the American south where I was often denied opportunities and protections simply because I was a black girl. People assumed I only had one path in life, which did not include college or professional success. I came to defy those expectations and I wanted to ensure that every black girl had the support she needed to design the future of her choosing. This is why I have spent my career ensuring that every person, especially vulnerable children, live dignified lives where they are able to live to their fullest potential without the pain, discrimination, and oppression of sexist and/or racist beliefs and behaviors.

Djénéba Gory: How Negotiation Can Impact Girls' Education and Aspirations

Djénéba Gory: How Negotiation Can Impact Girls' Education and Aspirations
Djénéba: We’re empowering girls in developing countries by teaching them how to be rock-star negotiators. In 2018, a whopping 66% of Malian high-school-age girls were out of school. The fertility rate of teenage girls 15-19 years old was the fourth highest in the world. Sadly, these numbers are predicted to increase again with COVID19. Suadela aims to change this! For teenage girls who are not empowered to make important decisions in their lives, we offer negotiation training, delivered by trained educated women. The program started in Mali and is designed to scale across other African countries.