In August 2017 Nepal criminalised an ancient Hindu practice called chhaupadi that banished women from the home during menstruation and after childbirth. Ethiopia became the 42nd country to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus since 2000, thanks primarily to the efforts of female healthworkers. Afghanistan revealed that more than 9 million students are now enrolled in schools, 3.6 million of whom are girls. By comparison in 2002, only 900,00 students attended school. None of them were girls.