Friday, September 11, 2009

Quick hit: Ginger Spice in Nepal

by Molly Borowitz

I don’t know about you, but normally when I think of outspoken activists and advocates for women’s issues, I don’t generally think of the Spice Girls. However, Geri Halliwell (better known as Ginger Spice) has recently arrived in Nepal as a goodwill ambassador on behalf of the United Nations Population Fund, intending to promote better maternal health and greater awareness about women’s issues. Some of the statistics she’s touting:

- In some districts of Nepal, over 80% of women have suffered domestic abuse

- Nepalese women face a 1-in-31 chance of dying from post-childbirth complications

- 1 in 10 Nepalese women experience uterine prolapse, an extremely painful condition which often results from poor post-partum care, having several children in quick succession, or undertaking hard labor too soon after giving birth

In her press conferences and travels around the country, Ginger encouraged Nepal’s men to protect and care for their women. “When we empower women and take care of them,” she said, “everyone benefits.”


At September 12, 2009 at 5:48 PM , Blogger Rookh Kshatriya said...

Gerri Halliwell is a racist English weirdo who hates men. Besides, what makes her an authority on international issues?


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