Tag Archives: women and girls health

“The power of 10: Ten astonishing facts about 10-year-old girls.”


Investments in health, education and empowerment of 10-year-old girls can triple a girl’s lifetime income.  This and 9 other facts about adolescent girls are highlighted in this United Nations Population Fund Report summary.  The full report on the State of World Population 2016 emphasizes that the welfare of these girls will have an enabling impact on the Sustainable Development Goals unanimously adopted by the United Nations in 2015.

In the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge, our team and partners at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have a commitment to developing sanitation solutions for men and women, girls and boys, however in many parts of the developing world that lack access to safe and effective sanitation, gender discrimination disproportionately impacts women and girls.  We believe that by focusing on the needs of adolescent girls, empowering them with better options, a virtuous cycle will be created that improves overall quality of life for girls, their families, and generations to come.

Below is a short video about a 12-year-old girl in India, highlighting the importance of including women and girls directly in the product design, education and business aspects of providing sanitation solutions.

“A Girl Gets Her Period And Is Banished To The Shed: #15Girls”

NPR.org recently posted a story about the practice of banishing girls from everyday life activities (in some cases, from the very homes they live in) while they a going through their period. From Nepal to Kathmandu, these practices come from age old religious beliefs based on the idea that any female menstruating is, in essence, untouchable.

As part of our mission, we’ve incorporated facilities to provide women and girls with supplies as well as a safe and private space for them to care for themselves with dignity. We also work with groups that are helping elevate women and girls in society in the hopes that these cruel societal practices no longer occur. The tide is turning (albeit slowly) as more and more of the global population is getting educated and enlightened on menstruation and its purely natural occurrence.

The story above is definitely a sobering reminder though that, for all of the progress we’ve made, we still have a ways to go.

To read the story on NPR’s site, click here.

You can also stream the audio to the story here: