Stories: Women

  • Rougher Road Ahead for Morocco’s Maternal Health

    Aicha Sasbou, who has worked for 30 years as a traditional birth attendant in this remote region of the Atlas Mountains, clearly remembers her first delivery. She was called along with her aunt to help her own sister. Her job: hold the candle and provide light for the delivery, since there was no electricity. But once the baby arrived, Sasbou forgot...

  • The Secret Life of a Saudi Women’s Soccer Team

    Sarah Attar and Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani are making Olympic history as the first two women to represent Saudi Arabia. But inside their country, women are deprived of basic sports and fitness options. Beyond just sports, most women grow up without being allowed physical education and access to gyms. Those women who do play recreational sports must do it...

  • Does That Abaya Come in Brown?

    The West has a particular image of Saudi women: Draped in plain black cloth with their faces mostly, if not fully, covered. But basic black isn’t the only option. There are personally designed abayas, gray abayas and, a Jeddah favorite, the brown abaya:

  • Under the Abaya, Saudi Women Grasp Reform Toehold

    Deema al-Mashabi is eager to show off the gold brocade decorating the folds of her abaya. She designed her own robe — the traditionally all-black, enveloping gown that observant Muslim women wear in public. For al-Mashabi, appearing in public in a customized style is not just a fashion statement, but a symbol of the changes taking place in her...

  • Charles Nace por 30 Euros

    Ayer no pudimos publicar nada desde Nairobi (Kenia). Porque, como suele ocurrir en muchos lugares de muchos países del continente, la Red funciona a trompicones y hay que andar cada rato tras la orientacion debida; buscadores de tesoros en la arena parecíamos los periodistas del IRP (International Reporting Proyect), dando vueltas por el hotel desesperados....

  • Kenya’s Climb to the Contraceptive Summit

    Kenya is far more than the sum of its health statistics, of course. I've been here only a few days but have experienced amazing hospitality and kindness, vibrant cities, gorgeous lush countryside, and certainly a feeling that while life is unbelievably difficult for many in the country, there's tremendous potential for change. Still, you can't ignore the...

  • Zambia: Only I Remain

    That Sunday, I came back from church feeling happy and looking forward to a visit with my brother at the orphanage. Before heading to the Mother Theresa’s home where my brother had been for almost a year, I rushed to the makeshift kitchen attached to my grandmother’s two-room house to get something to eat. As...