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Our trove of existing Women & Girls coverage will remain available through an archived version of the site, allowing you to explore and reference our published articles dating back to May 2016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

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

Married at 14 After Losing Everything to the Climate: Rute’s Story

Illustrator Kate Lumsden and journalist Gethin Chamberlain tell the story of Rute Fumulani, forced to marry at 14 after losing her parents to catastrophic flooding. She is one of many girls forced to marry due to the effects of climate change.

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Image by Kate Lumsden

Rute Fumulani got married at the age of 14. She had lost both of her parents in catastrophic flooding that hit the village of Kachaso in Malawi’s Nsanje district in 2015. The flooding was the culmination of years of rising temperatures, drought and irregular rainfall.

Now 16, she has a son, Thokozani, who is 14 months old. Rute, her husband and baby live in a two-room hut with her husband’s 9-year-old brother and 5-year-old sister. The family earns a maximum of 500 Malawian kwacha (about 70 cents) on the days they can find work.

This is Rute Fumulani’s story, told in her own words.

These illustrations were commissioned as part of Brides of the Sun, a reporting project investigating the effects of climate change on rates of child marriage.

This is part of a series of articles to mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign.

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