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Early puberty cases have surged during covid, doctors say

Doctors, parents and studies are reporting a rise in such cases, with some children getting their periods as young as 8.

‘Every shift, we’re just barely making it’: What nurses want us to know about the South’s COVID crisis

The pandemic didn’t create the nursing plight in the South, but burnout and low pay have made it worse.

In rural India, stricken by pandemic, necessity of invention fills in for the state: Reporter’s Notebook

Decades of neglecting rural health infrastructure took its toll and by May 7, the infections and deaths in India were being reported from its villages, a "worrying” trend considering the acute shortage of healthcare providers…

She made jeans for Americans. When they stopped shopping, she turned to sex work

As the garment sector—one of the Lesotho’s largest employers—crumbles during the coronavirus pandemic, a 30-year-old factory worker turns to sex work to make do.

‘We Have to Survive’: Meet NYC Immigrant Women Fighting for Their Communities During the Pandemic

In the absence of comprehensive governmental safety nets, New York women banded together, adapted their skill sets, organized aid and fought for policy changes. What’s next for them?

Female Migrant Workers And The Families They Support Are Being Abandoned By The Money-Transfer Industry

The flow of money sent home by foreign workers remained resilient in the face of COVID-19. But migrant women—and their home communities—still face significant financial barriers, particularly domestic workers in the Gulf living with ongoing…

‘It Is Like I Am Being Strangled’

For transgender people across the India, the state-imposed lockdown restrictions and curfews can mean being trapped in hostile homes and without access to the community, medical care and mental-health services that they depend on for…

New Delhi: ‘ In A Situation Of Life Or Death, This Was My Only Option.’

Women in India are turning to the black market to source life-saving COVID-19 supplies for their family members.

New Delhi: ‘That 22-Year-Old Priya on Instagram’

Feeling compelled to do something, young people are springing up social media groups to swap leads on oxygen cylinders and other health care needs during India's COVID crisis.

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand: ‘You Keep Questioning Yourself’

Surbhi Dasbegan to feel that India was losing control of COVID earlier this month when seven of her colleagues and three patients tested positive for the virus.

Nagpur, Maharashtra: ‘We Are Carrying A Massive Guilt’

A 26-year-old resident doctor finds herself struggling to assist with the surging number of people sick and dying from COVID-19 at Government Medical College and Hospital in Nagpur.

Chennai, Tamil Nadu: ‘What Has to Happen Will Happen’

In Asha Mutha's multigenerational household, the paranoia unleashed by India's first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has been replaced by fatalism of the second wave. “What has to happen will happen,” Mutha says, with a…

Gasping For Breath: Women Provide A Glimpse Into India’s COVID Disaster

As with all disasters, the coronavirus pandemic has worsened existing inequalities across gender, caste, religion and class. Here are some glimpses of what it is like to live through it as an Indian woman.

The Pandemic Devastated Home-Based Child Care: ‘I Don’t Know How We Bounce Back’

The pandemic has decimated the child care industry across the board, but home-based workers and older workers have been particularly impacted.

Around the World, Conflicting COVID-19 Vaccination Advice Puts Pregnant People At Risk

Pregnant people are at higher risk of severe COVID-19—but as they were excluded from major clinical vaccine trials, health authorities around the world cannot agree on whether they should be given the vaccine.

Anti-human trafficking apps were meant to save lives. They’re failing

Kelvin Lim began working to raise awareness about human trafficking in 2009. He used music and organised events at schools and universities across Malaysia, sometimes accompanied by his band. Then, one day in 2016, a…

‘Men’s Violence Will Outlive The Coronavirus’ — Push To End Global Spike In Abuse Against Women Amid the Pandemic

With half of the world’s population living under lockdown, millions of women around the world were trapped with an abusive partner.

Ohio’s Appalachian Region Was Already Losing Child Care Providers. Then the Pandemic Hit

As of September, the number of licensed child care providers in Ohio has dropped more than 60% from pre-pandemic levels, according to data.

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