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.
Until in vitro fertilization was introduced in Zimbabwe in the late 1980s, medical fertility treatment was scarce here. Though pricey, the treatment is more accessible now, but for women who face cultural stigma and risk of ridicule, cost may be the least of their concerns.
In 2017, the United States reenacted a policy that dramatically limited how reproductive healthcare providers around the world could use its money. But proving the policy’s actual impact on reproductive health programs worldwide, from Nepal to Zimbabwe, is difficult: Some providers found funding elsewhere, while others are reluctant to share information about their work, leading to a lack of data.
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.