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.
For pregnant women traveling north from Central America, the trip is often a harsh and bumpy ride. Healthcare provided by shelters in Mexican towns and cities are providing them with much-needed relief.
Abortion is illegal in most of Mexico’s states, with the exception of the capital. Being accused of having one anywhere else can result in several years in prison – even if it was actually a miscarriage.
Family planning services are hard to find for women of the nomadic Gujjar tribe in Indian-administered Kashmir. While the Indian government has implemented policies to provide such services to a wider range of people, Gujjar women, isolated physically and by cultural attitudes, remain hard to reach.
Many young women in Zambia believe that they won’t be able to get pregnant if they use contraceptives, contributing to a high rate of teenage pregnancies. Seeking to provide easier access to family planning services, government hospitals consider a more proactive approach.
In Uganda, abortions remain illegal in most circumstances, despite proposals to amend the current law. But it hasn’t stopped women from seeking them out, even with a high rate of abortion-related complications.
In Zimbabwe, some rural hospitals are able to provide free maternal healthcare, due to funds provided by an international health scheme. The government implemented a policy to do the same in 2017 – but inconsistent funding has rendered the results less than promising.