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Daily Scoop: The Best and Worst Places to be a Woman

December 05, 2012

What are we reading today? It's a mixed bag.

Teentrepreneurs. I love it when my day starts out by learning a new "non-word" word. And these kids (and this program) deserve their own word. The Austin (Texas) based program, High-School Start-Up, graduated its first class this year and these teens are working on some incredible technology innovations. Fast Company has the story on this exciting "high-school start-up prodigy camp." Don't you want to know what a Giraffe Stand does?

 

The best and worst places in the world to be a woman? Check out this list of the G20's (the twenty top global economies in the world) best and worst places to be a woman in this  stunning (and shocking) visualization. India falls at #19 with 56000 maternal deaths in 2010. Others at the bottom include South Africa where there are two times as many women living with HIV as men, and Indonesia, where one woman dies every hour from childbirth. The best G20 countries? Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom. The United States ranks as #6. See why here:

The G20
by Hyperakt. Browse more infographics.

Can cell phones really improve health? Maybe even save lives? There's evidence to support that SMS/texting that helps those living with HIV remember to adhere to their medication schedule, for example, can do just that. Thousands are gathering this week, reports VOA, in Washington DC to talk about how mobile phones can be used to improve health including the health of pregnant women and newborns. Think about this: There are six billion mobile phone subscriptions in a world of seven billion people. That's mind-boggling. Says the head of MAMA (Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action) Kirsten Gagnaire, “There’s about 800 women a day globally, and about three million babies every year that die from pregnancy and childbirth-related causes. And most of those deaths are preventable, and most of those deaths occur in the developing world. And the kinds of reasons these deaths occur are from not having basic information again about how to care for themselves when women need to seek care, and how to give care to their infants."

 
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