A women-only bus to prevent violence against women on public buses in PNG

A study by UN Women found that more than 90% of women had been assaulted on public buses in Port Moresby, PNG. This high rate of violence was keeping women home from work and girls from school. In 2016, the Meri Seif Bus was introduced. This is a free women only bus which works on so many levels. It educates women about sexual violence, consent, street violence and women’s empowerment while they sit on the bus. It creates a safe space for them to share stories and views. It offers referral pathways for women in need. All this happens whilst enjoying a safe ride on the bus to their final destination. The program has been expanding with new buses in both Lae and Port Moresby. https://unwomen.org.au/resource/meri-seif-bus-factsheet/

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Female doctors in Pakistan providing healthcare for women in low-income disadvantaged areas

Female doctors are in short supply in Pakistan despite women making up 70% of all medical students. This is because what is known as the “doctor bride” phenomenon; women in Pakistan who have medical degrees but stop practising to look after their children and/or because of social pressure. These doctors are desperately needed as 50% of the total Pakistani population lacks access to a doctor in their community. Sehat Kahani is the solution. Trained female doctors work from home using telemedicine and consult with patients in remote areas who come to an E-Health clinic. https://sehatkahani.com/

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