In many parts of India, women still struggle against the taboo of their periods and often don’t have the hygiene products they need. Now, female entrepreneurs are taking matters into their own hands and producing the products themselves.
It’s been nearly a month since the Indian government revoked Jammu and Kashmir state’s semi-autonomous status and instituted a media blackout there. Officials say the measure is necessary, but Kashmiris say that the lockdown has serious consequences – including a critical shortage of medical supplies.
In northern Sri Lanka, a government resettlement program which began after the end of the country’s civil war has provided many displaced people with new livelihoods. But local people say that resettlements don’t consider their ancient traditions.
Although reconstruction after Nepal’s April 2015 earthquake has been ongoing, funds have been difficult to access. Some people say that the money from government grants isn’t enough to rebuild; but others can’t access it all, since they don’t meet land ownership requirements.
Indian-administered Kashmir has a long history of producing talented female vocal artists. But societal expectations have left many feeling barred from achieving their full potential if they stay there.