social entrepreneurship

Conflict

They started a hashtag and a civil rights movement

Two of the founders of Black Lives Matter say one way to measure the impact of their work is the backlash against it. And they say it's nothing new for black women to be at the forefront of a powerful civil rights movement. The difference now, they say, is the visibility social media can bring to their work.

Education

A subject so taboo that rural Indians only use its initials

How do you teach girls about something so taboo that no one — not even their mothers — will discuss? In traditional, rural India, instructors use games, films, and conversation to help female students understand what's going on with their bodies, especially menstruation. And that knowledge can be the start of other changes in how they see their roles in school and beyond.

Environment

Zanzibar's 'Solar Mamas' flip the switch on rural homes, gender roles

On the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar, hundreds of households too poor and remote to have access to the electrical grid are getting low cost solar power for the first time, from a group of local female engineers trained by and Indian NGO. It's the first of several "solar mamas" projects planned for parts of rural Africa, and it's turning some traditional gender roles on their head.

Development

Three ideas to improve the world

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Some of the problems facing women are older than recorded time. Some are completely new. PRI caught up with activists trying to tackle the whole gamut at the Sixth Annual Women in the World Summit in New York. Here's a glimpse of what was on their minds.

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Science, Tech & Environment

Green Hospitals

Critics say hospital buildings and food are enough to make you sick. Today there's a growing movement in health care to get hospitals to green their facilities and, as host Bruce Gellerman reports, it's transforming the medical community.

Science, Tech & Environment

Deforestation Nations

Cutting down trees releases CO2 and reduces the amount of CO2 absorbed from the air every year. Now, the regional leaders of some tropical and industrialized countries are finding common ground on ways to curb climate change. Living on Earth reports.