Magazine article Geographical

A Woman's World

Magazine article Geographical

A Woman's World

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Certain stories here at Geographical tend to linger in the mind, not usually for altogether comfortable reasons. Several issues ago, we ran a piece on the unfathomably still active slave trade in Pakistan, including accounts of barbaric sexual abuse on female children. This issue, sexual exploitation of minors, rears its ugly head once again as we report on the attempts to modernise the practice of 'preparing' teenage Zambian girls for a life of pleasing their future husbands, often at the cost of unwanted pregnancies and abandoned education (see page 34).

At the time of writing, International Women's Day has just concluded, an attempt to highlight the sorts of injustices that nearly 50 per cent of the world's inhabitants have to suffer through every day. And it isn't just in isolated regions of the world that women suffer. A quite memorable internet video recently highlighted the sort of verbal and mental trauma women can suffer from men just walking along a street in New York City --for no reason other than being female. …

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