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Our trove of existing Women & Girls coverage will remain available through an archived version of the site, allowing you to explore and reference our published articles dating back to May 2016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

Sincerely,

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

Video: Breaking Norms and Noses: The Rise of Myanmar’s Female Kickboxers

As part of our “Untold Stories” series, we meet some of the women fighting against Myanmar’s ingrained gender discrimination by competing in Lethwei, a ferocious, no-holds-barred style of kickboxing.

Written by Kelly Macnamara Published on Read time Approx. 1 minutes

YANGON, Myanmar – The rings these Myanmar teenage girls dream of have nothing to do with wedding bands. For them, it’s all about the boxing ring, the blood-and sweat-flecked stage of the country’s no-holds-barred traditional kick-boxing style Lethwei, known as one of the most ferocious martial arts in Southeast Asia.

Half a century of isolation and conflict under a military junta helped to entrench gender discrimination in Myanese society. Recent years have seen a new openness sweep the country, and Myanmar now has its first female leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, steering a civilian government. Women are fighting back against inequality like never before, entering male-dominated arenas in parliament, sports, technology and business.

More and more young women are being drawn to Lethwei despite its full-throttle style, both for fitness and the chance of stardom. While it will take time for the women’s version to compete with the popularity of the men’s sport, activists say these female fighters are helping to shatter stereotypes and open the way for greater equality.

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