In northern Chiapas, Mexico, education is optional for girls – at least, that’s what some believe. One high school wants to battle these gender stereotypes and keep girls in class, but their solution isn’t inside the school at all.
The country's rural schools are turning away from English-only instruction as mother-tongue language learning grows in popularity. But the practice faces bigger hurdles in urban classrooms. Do local languages stand a chance?
When colonialist Cecil Rhodes died, he requested burial in Zimbabwe’s sacred Matobo Hills – which many saw as a way to exert power, even after death. Now his gravesite is an international tourist destination, and Zimbabweans weigh whether the controversial politician deserves to stay.
Thousands of one-of-a-kind manuscripts written on palmyrah leaves that were lost during Sri Lanka’s civil war, are being recovered. Now, local people are working to digitize them and preserve the history they contain.
As a rebellious teenager, José Luis “El Pikos” Escobar challenged stereotypes by collecting holiday gifts for children in need. Thirty years later, the 45-year-old man, who still identifies as an anti-establishment punk, has made delivering toys for Epiphany a beloved holiday tradition.
After injuring his eye, one young Mexican football player thought his chances of going professional were over. Now, his time playing in a league with other players who have visual impairments is giving him new purpose as a coach.
Armed conflict in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas has threatened the livelihood of farmers for decades. To support their families, some men in the region are now participating in an ancient tradition long held by women: weaving.
Gender-based violence is rampant in the Kotido district of Uganda’s Karamoja region, where sexual and physical abuse of women and girls remains culturally acceptable. But the men and women members of the St. Kizito Anti-Violence Club not only challenge these cultural norms – they hold criminals accountable too.
Although hundreds of thousands of women are involved in Zimbabwe’s mining industry, traditional beliefs that women bring bad luck often prevent some from thriving in the field. Many female miners are pushing back, saying that their participation is necessary for economic growth, but others say it isn’t worth the effort.