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"Some pregnant women living in rural areas are forced to leave their families at the sixth or seventh-month mark to deliver the baby in the city, she added. Because of the rising sea levels, the health centers have been built on high land, making it difficult for a six-month pregnant woman to reach, Tatawaqa said. And when the women leave their older children at home with another caregiver, violence may be an issue.
'It's not just about ecological,; Tatawaqa said. 'It's about the impact that is happening internally in peoples' lives and women's lives, mentally and physically.' She noted that many organizations — nationally, regionally and internationally — are working specifically on gender climate justice." ... See MoreSee Less
"In some parts of India, Dalits still have to use separate utensils from higher castes, draw water from separate wells and sit at the back of classrooms. BCV International School makes no such distinction, to the point that students and parents are usually unaware of who pays fees and who does not. Smith says the social mixing is breaking down deeply entrenched caste divisions in new generations of learners. 'It’s happening through respect for every single person in the school, from the children to the cleaners to the drivers,' she says.
For Jacintha, the chance at an education has given her a self-confidence and optimism that many Dalit girls never experience. And when she graduates, she plans to pass it on. 'I want to be a teacher when I grow up,' she says." ... See MoreSee Less