World Watch

World Watch Annual Round-Up

Michael Brown, Ferguson, Black Lives Matter
Taylor Crain
Written by Taylor Crain

The Year in Women’s Health News From Around the World


Malala Women's Health Women's Fitness17-year-old education activist and Taliban assassination survivor Malala Yousafzi makes history as the youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient.


Boko Haram Ms. Fit Feminist276 young women are abducted by terrorist militant group Boko Haram from their school in Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria. At this writing, 217 remain unaccounted for.

Traditionally female caretakers, namely young girls, emerge among the most at-risk demographics in the Ebola pandemic.

The Americas

Michael Brown, Ferguson, Black Lives MatterThe death of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri—and a string of disturbingly similar incidents elsewhere in the U.S.—infringes upon the reproductive rights of every American woman of color.

Routine pelvic exams are deemed invasive and unnecessary by the American College of Physicians.

The United States takes several steps backwards in the realm of women’s health, with a sequence of politically motivated clinic closures and the Supreme Court ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby’s discriminatory health plan exception.

Laverne Cox, Orange is the New Black, TransgenderThe cavalier prevalence of sexual assault on American collegiate campuses receives overdue media coverage, with demands for safety and justice triggering impending reforms.

Laverne Cox graces the cover of Time Magazine, showcasing how far the trans* civil rights movement has come—and how far it has yet to go.


The globally reported accounts of the brutal rapes and murders committed against Indian women inspire a morbid, misplaced fascination in the Western world, where sex crimes are hardly a ‘foreign problem’.

Middle East

As reported HIV infections in the Middle East see a 52% surge, the region’s women and girls are increasingly vulnerable, with marriage becoming the greatest risk factor for contracting the virus.

Global News

As of 2014, worldwide maternal and infant mortality has seen a drastic decline: down 45% from 1990. But the ten countries that make up 60% of the preventable deaths are in desperate need of medical know-how and supplies.

Depo Provero, a self-administered contraceptive injection, arises as one of the most convenient and safe methods of family planning for economically disadvantaged women in developing countries.

About the author

Taylor Crain

Taylor Crain

Taylor Crain is a Chicago born writer and committed pedestrian earning her Fiction Writing BFA from Columbia College Chicago. When not hoofing it around town on foot, she allocates a significant amount of time to practicing melt-into-your-mat yoga and dancing to cardio videos which in no way make her look dorky. She aspires to one day learn to ride a bike.

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