Submit A Question: What Do You Want To Know About The World’s Girls?

October 12, 2016

Here at Goats and Soda, we’re trying something new: We want to know what you want us to investigate.

The first topic we’d like to hear about is girls in developing countries. Post your question to us here:

Like girls in all countries, they may face discrimination and harassment. But in low- and middle-income countries, they also may not be able to stay in school or get the health care they need.

Yet they are resilient and determined to make a better life for themselves. “We [adolescent girls] have a voice and we are going to use it,” Emelin, a teen activist from Guatemala told us.

Something we ask ourselves when coming up with stories, and for you to consider: What kind of question leads to a great story? Big sweeping questions — how are girls doing in India? — are too … big and sweeping.

But if there’s something you’ve heard and you wonder if it’s true, that could be a good question. Like, do girls really drop out of school because they don’t have menstrual pads?

Or if you’ve read a lot of stories about a topic, like female genital mutilation, and there’s a question you have that hasn’t been answered, we’d like to hear what it is.

Next week, we’ll share four of your questions and you can vote on your favorite. One of our correspondents will then do a story that answers the question. We’ll publish it in Goats and Soda — with credit to the submitter, of course — at the end of October.

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