There is no greater indicator of the many ways in which the world continues to fail the poorest, most vulnerable women than the degrading condition of obstetric fistula. A childbirth injury, fistula is the product of wider development and human rights issues: poverty, lack of education, healthcare, gender inequality, early marriage, and more. The tragedy is that fistula is both preventable and treatable. Yet of the one million women worldwide suffering the condition, less than 20,000 per year receive the surgery they so desperately need.
Upon further reflection, it’s clear that the broken system is ad-driven media on the internet. It simply doesn’t serve people. In fact, it’s not designed to. The vast majority of articles, videos, and other “content” we all consume on a daily basis is paid for — directly or indirectly — by corporations who are funding it in order to advance their goals. And it is measured, amplified, and rewarded based on its ability to do that. Period. As a result, we get…well, what we get. And it’s getting worse.