In the fourth and final writing assignment of the Voices of Our Future training program, this year's correspondents are bringing to light the most pressing, ongoing issues faced by women in their communities—and the creative solutions that are ushering justice back into their lives. Feature stories offer in-depth reporting, analysis, and insight into issues that have personal significance in the lives of our correspondents. Our Correspondents took this opportunity to promote global issues through the eyes of women, providing the political, social, and economic background that readers outside of their communities or countries do not know or understand.
We invite you to read a sampling of the 26 stories produced for this assignment:
- Juliette Maughan's look at modern day slavery in Barbados. "In a highly globalized world, discussions on human trafficking are even more important in 2012 and beyond. Human trafficking is likely to thrive, given the economic crisis."
- Ikirimat's keen analysis of the medical, social, and economic upheaval of fistula in Uganda. "As Uganda strives to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality by three quarters, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of fistula victims should be top priority."
- Noreen's informative story of women finding dignity and empowerment through crafting in Palestinian villages. "In the short time that they have been taking the courses, acceptance of poverty has been replaced by dreams. The threads they work with represent lines, or paths, connecting them to better futures, lives without poverty."
- Zoneziwoh's exploration of a traditional form of micro-finance in Cameroon. "Long before Cameroon’s independence and the creation of women’s NGOs and microfinance institutions, grassroots women realized the need to empower themselves through local means."
- Usha's insightful article on the struggle for equality and rights among trans-gender populations in Nepal. "On one hand, the state has given these rights to every citizen, but on the other hand, Nepalese citizens must still battle for some of these fundamental human rights – especially freedom from discrimination based on gender identity."
This is just a small sample of the top-quality journalism that our Correspondents have produced for the Feature Story assignment. We invite you to read more inspiring and informative stories from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe!