Women & Girls : Goats and Soda Women & Girls
Goats and Soda

Goats and Soda

STORIES OF LIFE IN A CHANGING WORLD

Women & Girls

Manisha Jaisi, 16, poses at the shed outside her house where she sleeps when she has her period. Jaisi got her period two months after her neighbor, Dambara Upadhyay, died of unknown causes while sleeping in a similar shed in 2016. Jaisi says she never goes without her phone in the shed because she's scared after Upadhyay's death. Sajana Shrestha for NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Sajana Shrestha for NPR

Why It's Hard To Ban The Menstrual Shed

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/721450261/722959432" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Somali American and Muslim model Halima Aden wears a burkini for Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue, sparking both praise and criticism on social media. Rich Fury/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Rich Fury/Getty Images

Naju Dorma, 73, and Lacuo Dorma, 66, belong to the Mosuo society in China, where grandmothers head up households. They're posing in traditional garb in their village of Luoshui. Karolin Klüppel hide caption

toggle caption
Karolin Klüppel

Melinda Gates at a panel discussion in New York in February. She is the author of a new book, The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World. John Lamparski/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
John Lamparski/Getty Images

Melinda Gates On Marriage, Parenting And Why She Made Bill Drive The Kids To School

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/717438397/718068902" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

The Jankara market in Lagos, Nigeria. A group called Market March Movement is working to end street harassment in shopping districts across the country. Frédéric Soltan/via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Frédéric Soltan/via Getty Images

From left: Janaki Ammal (1897-1984), a botanist who developed a sweeter type of sugar cane; Amrita Sher-Gil (1913-1941), a Hungarian-Indian artist who loved painting traditional Indian customs; and Kalpana Chawla, the first woman of Indian origin to go into space. Courtesy of Anupama Alias/Kalyani Ganapathy/Dhruvi Acharya hide caption

toggle caption
Courtesy of Anupama Alias/Kalyani Ganapathy/Dhruvi Acharya

Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio, pictured here at a press conference in May 2018, last week declared rape and sexual violence a national emergency. Sia Kambou /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Sia Kambou /AFP/Getty Images

A laborer climbs a tree to pluck coconuts at a farm in India. Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP/Getty Images

Kerala Needs Coconut Pickers — So Women Are Stepping In (And Climbing Up)

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/678136536/680385301" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

From left: Man Kaur of India celebrates after competing in the 100-meter sprint in the 100+ age category at the World Masters Games in Auckland, New Zealand; an illustration inspired by a list of global poverty thinkers being called a "Sausagefest"; Maryangel Garcia Ramos, 32, a disability activist from Mexico. From left: Michael Bradley/AFP/Getty Images; Hanna Barczyk for NPR; and Antonio Escobar hide caption

toggle caption
From left: Michael Bradley/AFP/Getty Images; Hanna Barczyk for NPR; and Antonio Escobar

In the video game Darshan Diversion, avatars of women in red saris try to reach the top of a temple but are thwarted by Hindu priests if a red blinking light indicates that the women are menstruating. Screenshot by Padmini Ray Murray hide caption

toggle caption
Screenshot by Padmini Ray Murray

Some images from Goats and Soda's top stories of 2018. From left: changing the way we sit to fix back pain; is sleeping with your baby dangerous?; men walk near the site where the body of an 8-year-old girl, who was raped and murdered, was found. From left: Lily Padula for NPR; Fabio Consoli for NPR; Channi Anand/AP hide caption

toggle caption
From left: Lily Padula for NPR; Fabio Consoli for NPR; Channi Anand/AP

A woman walks down the main road in the village of Luvungi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In 2010, Hutu rebels and local militias raped more than 280 women and children as punishment for the villagers' alleged support of the Congolese Defense Forces. Marc Hoffer/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Marc Hoffer/AFP/Getty Images

A woman attends a march marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in Asuncion, Paraguay, on November 25. Paraguay is one of the Latin American countries that has passed a law categorizing femicide — killing a woman because of her gender — as a specific crime. Jorge Saenz/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Jorge Saenz/AP

Activists protest in Mumbai to support Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta, who has spoken out about an alleged case of sexual harassment. Women in India are naming and shaming their abusers on social media. Rafiq Maqbool/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Rafiq Maqbool/AP

Sakshi Satpathy at the U.N.'s headquarters in March. On Thursday, she received an award from the Girl Scouts at the U.N. for her work to fight child marriage and human trafficking. Courtesy of Sakshi Satpathy hide caption

toggle caption
Courtesy of Sakshi Satpathy