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women walk across a street in Nepal

April 2019 Update: Empowering Women and Youth in Asia

In 2019, we’re excited to share news about bold initiatives tackling human trafficking and ensuring youth and girls participation in the growing tech sector leveraging the extensive network of READ Centers and communities in the region. Because of READ’s inclusive community-led approach, and through the beauty of partnerships and the flexibility of our model, we’re […]

Dining for Women – Helping READ Bhutan Spur Women’s Entrepreneurship

Thanks to a generous $48,000 commitment from Dining for Women, READ Global will be a featured organization during the month of August. As a featured organization, READ Global will have the opportunity to present its work in Bhutan to Dining for Women chapters across the country. Dining for Women’s support will enable READ Bhutan to empower 300 […]

Celebrating Women Change-Makers in Rural Asia

On International Women’s Day 2017, READ stands committed to working towards gender parity and making women’s work visible at all levels of development. Working in South Asia for over 25 years, READ’s leadership has observed firsthand, how empowered women are boldly offering solutions to their communities’ biggest challenges, and working together to ensure that everyone […]

Six Years Celebrating Women’s Strength and Resilience

Six years ago today, I became the Executive Director of READ Global, the amazing organization that I am still honored to lead. It didn’t dawn on me until years later how perfect it was that I joined READ on International Women’s Day. When I started traveling in southern Asia about 15 years ago, I was […]

How education impacts women’s leadership in India

This January, the Indian State of Rajasthan passed an executive order barring anyone with less than eight years of formal education from running for election for head of village council (gram panchayat). This effectively disqualified roughly half of men and three-quarters of women from running in elections that began in January, and will impact more […]

Women in Nepal receive prenatal care via mobile app

In Nepal, it is difficult for expecting mothers to regularly visit their doctors for prenatal health check-ups. They often have to travel a long way on foot to the nearest health clinic, sometimes across very rough terrain. These conditions also make it difficult for local health workers to keep track of patients.   Many Nepali […]

Volunteering for Environmental and Social Change

This blog post was written by Sara Mitsinikos, who volunteered with READ in Bhutan and India in the summer of 2014. Our world is globalizing at an increasingly rapid pace, impacting everything from local economies, to social norms around gender, to the environment. These changes impact people around the world – including rural villagers in […]

Understanding Your Body – A Practical Guide to Women’s Health in Bhutan

With limited health education available to them, many women in Bhutan do not know basic health and hygiene skills. Some health issues are taught in schools, such as hand washing and cleanliness, but subjects like menstrual health are never part of the school curriculum. Furthermore, 55% of women are illiterate and never attended school, and […]

Finding Resilience in Fulbari, Nepal

In 2014, READ Global staff member Shannon Kimball visited Nepal to see READ’s work for the first time. Below she writes about the READ Center that inspired her the most. As I approached the Fulbari READ Center, a dozen women rushed me inside. I had learned to handle the heat in Nepal’s Terai region—which was […]

Job Skills Training to Empower Women in India

From media attention about sexual assault to an increased focus on the 33% of women who are illiterate, women’s empowerment in India is a growing national issue. One area in which India lags behind even its neighboring countries in South Asia is in women’s participation in the labor force: only 29% of Indian women work. […]

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