Brenda is a health care worker in South Africa who is educating young women about sexual and reproductive health, particularly the dangers of illegal abortions. But she faces many challenges, including corrupt doctors and powerful cultural taboos.
More than half a million women die every year from complications of pregnancy and childbirth, and almost all of these could be avoided with access to professional health care. Which is why Australia is helping to train the next generation of midwives and providing specialist surgical services and training in East Timor.
In Uganda, where sex education is clouded by myths and misunderstandings, one young radio journalist is giving it to the people straight. Follow Doreen on her mission to spread the word about safe sex, and find out how she confronts the same issues in her own life.
Fiji has historically been a very patriarchal place, one where women are often the victims of domestic assault and abuse. So where better to start changing attitudes than in perhaps the most macho of Fiji's institutions, its military?