Whether the issue is water pollution, drought, microcephaly, or community displacement, women and girls are leading the fight.
Leading up to the March 8 holiday, some Russian environmentalists have been discouraging consumers from going too crazy with the bouquets. They say that cultivating some of those pretty flowers and transporting them way over to Russia is harmful for the environment.
The current drought in southern Africa is the worst in decades, and likely a harbinger of things to come as the region warms up and dries out as its climate changes. The drought is having real impact on one resident in a Pretoria township, and what governments in the region can do to help prepare for a hotter and drier future.
Berta Cáceres, a 44-year-old mother of four, fought to save her beloved Gualcarque River in Honduras. Despite death threats, she led a movement that stalled a hydroelectric dam. US and UN officials are demanding answers after her killing.
This Brazilian beach doesn't bring a song to mind and it's not in the brochures at the tourism office. But Piscinão de Ramos, or “big pool of Ramos,” is where thousands of Brazilians — prevented from accessing the actual beaches at Guanabara Bay because of the pollution — relax away their hour.
As part of our Her Planet series, we asked our readers what water means to them. To Stephanie Dube, her memories of happy trips to the ocean in the Gulf of Mexico have lost their luster with time. But the water is still her happy place.
Brazilian sailor Isabel Swan just found out she's a torch bearer for the Olympics in Rio this summer. She's also been heading up efforts to clean up Guanabara Bay's polluted waters ahead of the Games.
Rio de Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay has become so polluted that catching fish is all but impossible.
Forty percent of Brazil's homes lack access to any kind of sewer system. Public health workers are afraid to go to crime-ridden neighborhoods. Activists in the country's poorest areas say both investment and mindsets have to change to tackle a public health crisis.
The mammoth Belo Monte dam in Brazil will start generating power next month. But the women who have been fighting against it for decades still haven't given up.
Brazil's largest city, São Paulo is coming out of a searing drought. But its impact wasn't all bad. One woman saw the drought as an opportunity to empower women and bring her community closer together.
The triple-whammy of mosquito-borne illnesses — the Zika virus, dengue fever and chikungunya — has pushed Brazil’s universal healthcare system beyond its already stretched capacity at a time when there is little money to shore it up. In the state of Pernambuco, the scope of the epidemics is stunning: Reported mosquito-borne illnesses rose from 20,000 in 2014 to 150,000 in 2015.
Last week, Across Women's Lives photographer Anne Bailey spent time at a rehabilitation clinic in Recife, Brazil, for babies with microcephaly. She took portraits of a few of them with their parents.