Women and Girls

Women and Girls is an independent news and information platform covering the issues that impact female populations in the developing world. Our reporters and editors are committed to telling these vitally important stories through first-class journalism that will lead to better understanding and a more sustained engagement with the biggest challenges facing women today.

Women and Girls  is produced by News Deeply, in partnership with the Gates Foundation. All editorial content is produced by our editorial team, without interference from our sponsors or external parties.

News Deeply is a media startup and social enterprise with offices in New York, San Francisco, Beirut and Hong Kong. We are a B Corp, or Benefit Corporation, with the founding mission of advancing foreign policy literacy through journalism in the public service. We receive no government funding, instead earning our revenues through a mix of sponsorship, grants and digital-design services. Our past partners include the World Economic Forum, the Rockefeller Foundation, Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and the Baker Institute at Rice University.

We want anyone who visits Women and Girls to come away better informed and more engaged. You can send us your feedback and story ideas through info@newsdeeply.org.


Deborah Kan, Managing Editor

Deborah Kan is a media entrepreneur and award-winning journalist. Previously the Executive Producer at the Wall Street Journal, Deborah launched the Journal’s video operation in Asia and grew it into a substantial operation, spanning a geographical reach from Japan to Australia. She has interviewed many world leaders and CEOs during her tenure as a journalist, including Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, when in 2014, she broke the story about Google’s criticism of the National Security Agency. Prior to joining the Journal in 2011, Deborah launched Reuters Insider at Thomson Reuters and Star News Asia at Star TV. Deborah is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. A mom of three children, she also enjoys early morning runs in the mountain trails of Hong Kong.

Jumana Farouky, Senior Editor

Jumana Farouky is the Senior Editor of Women & Girls. Cairo born, London raised and Boston educated, she has worked for Newsweek and the Thomson Reuters Foundation, and before that spent over a decade at TIME’s London bureau.