Thank You, Deeply

Dear Women & Girls Community,

We are excited to share our plans for the future of women and girls’ coverage at News Deeply.

In January 2018, our Women & Girls page will close as we launch the first of a new set of dedicated platforms that will allow us to dive deeper into the biggest issues affecting women and girls in the developing world.

This first platform – Women’s Advancement Deeply – will cover the pursuit of economic equality for women, from securing gender-equal access to financial services, to fighting for property rights and closing the pay gap.

We’ll also be working to launch other dedicated platforms in this space, and we are currently exploring themes of maternal, sexual and reproductive health, as well as gender-based violence. If these topics are of interest to you, please let us know here – we would love your input as we shape new initiatives.

Our trove of existing Women & Girls coverage will remain available through an archived version of the site, allowing you to explore and reference our published articles dating back to May 2016

Thank you for being part of the Women & Girls community. We look forward to having you join us in our new endeavors in this space.


Lara Setrakian, CEO and Co-founder, News Deeply
Megan Clement, Managing Editor, Women & Girls, News Deeply

Choice and Change

Video: Religion, the Law and Teen Pregnancy in the Philippines

Continuing our “Choice and Change” series, we go to the Philippines and meet 15-year-old May Sanchez, who is expecting her second child. Despite laws aimed at increasing access to birth control, girls like Sanchez often learn about contraception when it’s too late.

Written by Sunshine Lichauco de Leon and Jan Cabanos Published on Read time Approx. 1 minutes

In the Philippines, teen pregnancy rates remain the highest in all of Asia, with one in every 10 girls between 15 and 19 years old either pregnant or already a mother to at least one child. May Sanchez, 15, gave birth to her first child at 13, miscarried during her second pregnancy, and is now nine months’ pregnant. Though the Philippines passed a historic Reproductive Health Law in 2012 that guarantees all women in the country access to sex education, contraception and maternal care, the family planning budget was later slashed, and sex education still isn’t widely taught in schools. In a country where the Catholic Church influences social attitudes towards family planning, girls like Sanchez are often left without information on how to use birth control or where to get it.

Watch the other videos in the series:

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