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02:50 AM on 10/11/2012
In cultures where 15yo girls are forced into marriage, 15yo boys are conscripted to fight in wars.

Those girls are victims; the boys, oppressors.
05:01 PM on 10/11/2012
15 year old boys --and their younger brothers--are also victims. They become oppressors when they are trained that way.
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patticakes350
Don't drink the Kool-Aid
11:33 AM on 10/14/2012
Many of the same countries that marry off their girls at 12.. also send their boys off to war at 10. they see their children as another commodities... to be used and thrown away.. Many of these child brides are sold to any older man who will pay her family... the boys are kidnapped or sold being told they will be trained for jobs. We need to educate the parents and the children about how to stop this. And prosecute the adults who commit the crimes against these children.

In many countries it is against the law to marry of young girls... India is one.. but it is still done on a regular bases... no one is ever convicted for it.
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02:18 AM on 10/11/2012
Firefox OS opens with Rings and travels with the Skull. can we say that Firefox OS on a mobile is a proper tool and road map for girls, especially in Africa? shall the GBCE Foundation invest in Firefox OS?
09:26 PM on 10/10/2012
One of the easiest ways to keep girls in poverty stricken rural Africa in school is to supply them with reusable sanitary pads and panties. We work in rural Kenya and for the second year in a row girls now outrank the boys on the national exams. Why? because they don't miss 1 week each month. And by teaching them about their bodies they are empowered. Check it our: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Op0gklYqCrA
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Brash and Harsh
06:48 PM on 10/10/2012
Solution which would work, but is totally unacceptable:

Study Finds Free Contraceptives Cut Abortion Rate
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: October 4, 2012

Free birth control led to greatly lower rates of abortions and births to teenagers, a large study concludes, offering strong evidence for how a bitterly contested Obama administration policy could benefit women’s health. The two-year project tracked more than 9,000 women in St. Louis, many of them poor or uninsured, who were given their choice of a range of free contraceptives. These women experienced far fewer unintended pregnancies as a result, reported Dr. Jeffrey Peipert of Washington University in St. Louis in a study published Thursday. There were 6.3 births per 1,000 teenagers in the study, compared with a national rate of 34 births per 1,000 teens in 2010. There also were substantially lower rates of abortion, when compared with women in the metro area and nationally: 4.4 to 7.5 abortions per 1,000 women in the study, compared with 13.4 to 17 abortions per 1,000 women in the St. Louis region, Dr. Peipert calculated. The national rate is almost 20 abortions per 1,000 women. Women’s health specialists said the study foreshadows the potential impact of the new health care law, in which millions of women are beginning to get contraceptives without a co-payment.

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2012/10/05/ap-nbc-tout-positive-effects-free-birth-control-under-obamacare
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karlakwist
11:32 AM on 10/11/2012
its safer to drive drunk then to use all forms of birth control combined. Condoms..14 to 21 percent failure rate. IT delays pregnancy, it does NOT prevent it. STOP TELLING LITTLE GIRLS THEY CAN HAVE SAFE SEX............you are hurting them.
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Brash and Harsh
04:15 PM on 10/11/2012
karlakwist:

You are very good at making up facts and being sure of your own ignorance.

Have you thought about running for office in the Repubican Party?

Actually, no one has to tell human being of either gender that they want sex.
05:04 PM on 10/11/2012
Your facts are incorrect. While condoms have a lower success rate than other forms of birth control, all have some failures, but the rate is very low, under 10% when used correctly. Best practice is to abstain or use a combination of protection. And please don't forget that condoms also help prevent the spread of AIDS.
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sasseyfrass
03:36 PM on 10/11/2012
Parents duty is to instruct and train their children not to get pregnant and purchase birth control methods for their own children. Taxpayers should not have to pay for contraceptives for anyone's children. American people are sick and tired of barely providing only the necessities for their children, so they can provide contraceptives, abortions, counseling, cell phones, housing, food and medical bills for others and especially overseas people who hate us anyway. Before we give anymore freeby money to pay for anything or anyone's reckless careless, lazy behavior, our Congress should demand that we first pay our own national debt so all people can enjoy the money they earned instead of taking it to give to careless, reckless, promiscuous, lazy, people All of my life and I've supported a family and It makes me sick to hear that the government has passed and is passing bills that I should have to spend my hard earned money to buy condoms or pay for abortions for other's who don't or won't work take responsibility for their own children while they know, this president is going to take my money to support their needs and habits. When is this madness going to stop??? My concernI should not have to pay for anyone's lively hood except my own family. II Thessalonians 3:10 When we were with you this we commanded you,that is you would not work, neither shall you eat.
Seems Ironic that we have a PRESIDENT who thinks he is smarter than God.
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Brash and Harsh
05:37 PM on 10/11/2012
Actually:

The Affordable Care Act a/k/a Obamacare does not require any money from any government for birth control.

What it does, is require that all health insurance coverage include birth control, without co-pay as part of any policy issued.

So your rant is misguided.

Of course you have a point. Since I am a male, I could certainly object that I should have to take a policy that also included coverage for a prenancy. Especially, a difficult one.

Repeating:

There is NOTHING that any government is required to pay for birth control

The insurance companies don't mind. It's cheaper to cover all women against getting pregrnant, than paying for a difficult pregnancy, especially when the woman didn't want it.
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Dorothy Moody
Secular Humanist, Independent, Goofball
08:08 PM on 10/14/2012
Which god? I don't remember President Obama saying, "I'm smarter than Zeus! MIthra has nothing on me!"
01:59 PM on 10/10/2012
Who are we to impose our values through force of arms on any other nation? In all reality we are the most self centered, hedonistic, debauch, crime ridden, valueless, violent, immoral nation on the planet. The very policies the US has enacted is the very reason for the suffering in those countries. We invade and bomb countries with unmanned drones like we're bestowing some type of blessing on them. Does your Global Business Coalition for Education include that little fact? I have a better idea. Let's stop purposely impoverishing every other nation, and but out of everyone elses business.
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Brash and Harsh
06:52 PM on 10/10/2012
NWOslave:

You are right. Of course the 1%/MIC only uses women as a good reason to kill as many humans as possible.

The purpose of the Huffington Post is to promote the universal deep belief that Females = Victims.
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06:41 AM on 10/14/2012
promote the universal deep belief that Females = Victims.

spot-on; also a particular political party gains traction promoting that falsehood as well
10:38 PM on 10/10/2012
How about a little reasonable, humanitarian payback. This sounds as good as any.
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realitytrumpsbull
Two 'alves of coconut!
01:12 PM on 10/10/2012
I think a good way to address this whole issue, is to strive for an international goal where marriage/sex are prohibited by law prior to age 16, for a list of reasons as long as your arm. Hopefully, citizens of affected countries where this is not currently the norm will work towards such a standard. Kids, boys and girls both, need a chance to grow up all the way to age 18, get through school, and get a chance at having a life of their own, and be old enough, both mentally, and physically to make their own decisions, before being set upon by the working world and the adults in it. Stop poaching!
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sasseyfrass
03:45 PM on 10/11/2012
People can't seem to stop their children from having sex before the age of 11 or 12. Banning 16 year olds is out of the question. Being a teacher I can tell you, 11 year olds know more about sex than I did when I married.
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06:43 AM on 10/14/2012
A better idea is to strive for the goal of keeping one's business focused on one's own society and not acting like we know what's best for them.
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