‘Life and death’: Barriers to healthcare for ethnic minorities

When he was volunteering as a medical translator at New York’s community-organised COVID-19 Bengali hotline during the spring lockdown last year, Lala Tanmoy Das received a call from a woman who could not speak English. “It was from a Bangladeshi woman in her 50s. She displayed shortness of breath, was profusely sweating and having chest […]

The 39-year-old woman breaking barriers in Mindanao

Sha Elijah Dumama-Alba remembers being unable to step out of her home to play with the other children in their neighbourhood on the conflict-ridden southern island of Mindanao in the Philippines. She grew up as part of the Muslim minority on the island, in Cotabato City, a resource-rich marshland between two rivers that is now the […]

Gaza women break down work barriers amid Israeli siege

Gaza City – Naela Abu Jibba, 39, a mother of five, is among hundreds of women in Gaza who could not find jobs in an economy on the brink of collapse. So she decided to create her own and became the first female taxi driver in the Gaza Strip – taking only women passengers to […]