More than 5,000 people are nearly 11,000 people are wounded and more than 450,000 have been forced from their homes after this weekend's 7.8-magnitude earthquake. International relief efforts have commenced, providing much needed food, shelter and medical supplies, but the constant aftershocks have left the country on edge.
UNICEF reports that Nepal is among the 20 countries with the highest rates of child marriage — and its location in South Asia places it in the region with the most child marriages in the world. But the Nepalese government and local NGOs have been working together over the past few years to end the practice once and for all.
Delivering in one of the world's most crowded maternity wards may be miserable, but the birth control these women can access afterward makes it worth it to them. Maybe, they say, they won't have to come back, or at least so soon.
Twenty years ago, global leaders gathered in Beijing to discuss the status of women worldwide. Today, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the former vice president of South Africa, now heads the UN agency tasked with tackling gender equality issues. She says, despite some progress, women still have a long way to go in the struggle for equality.