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Gina Reiss-Wilchins
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ZanaAfrica Foundation’s CEO, Gina Reiss-Wilchins is an entrepreneurial, executive leader with more than two decades of managerial and development experience in the nonprofit sector on the state, national and international level. She has built effective partnerships with high net worth donors, major foundations, UN agencies, community based organizations and Fortune 500 corporations. She has raised 35 million for social justice causes and has conceptualized and led major advocacy campaigns on everything from mainstream feminism, child marriage and LGBT rights to sex trafficking in Cambodia and girls' education in Ethiopian refugee camps.

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For Kenyan Girls, It's More Than Pens, Pencils & Backpacks

(5) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 3:40 AM


My 9-year-old daughter goes back to school this week as a brand new fourth grader. In preparation, we were mailed a list of school supplies to bring and found the usual suspects: markers, notebooks, binders, pencils...

When our kids go to...

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There's a Larger Dialogue on Gender That Has Gone Missing

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 1:26 PM


"I abducted your girls. There is a market for selling humans. I will sell them," said Abubkar Shekau, the leader of the Boko Haram Islamist militant group claiming responsibility for kidnapping nearly 300 schoolgirls April 15, 2014. Two hundred and seventy-six of those...

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Masculinity and the Crisis in Cambodian Child Rape

(1) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 3:05 PM

Since first viewing it on a Phnom Penh newsstand, I have not been able to get a headline from a local paper out of my mind: "Figures Show General Acceptance of Child Rape."

No matter how many times I read it, I can't make any sense of...

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Gender-Based Violence in Cambodia: The Intersection of Rights and Poverty

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 8:15 PM

To some, the trafficking, exploitation, and physical abuse of women and girls in developing countries are such obvious social problems that the solution seems simply to stop it through tighter laws and crackdowns in enforcement.

Yet news of a new report published the Phnom Penh Post reinforces...

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The Pope Is Leading And It's Time to Follow

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 5:04 PM

It's hard to miss: Pope Francis is a man with a mission - to bring his papacy "to the streets" and to comfort the "untouchables."

Last week he placed a sorely needed spotlight on the seemingly "untouchable" subject of human trafficking, bringing 100 experts in the field...

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A Difference of Degree, Not Kind

(0) Comments | Posted August 16, 2013 | 8:16 AM

Hearing the steady drumbeat of news about sex trafficking coming out of the Pacific Rim, sometimes it's easy to imagine the problem as confined to more impoverished countries, an issue for less developed cultures.

So it may have come as a shock to many to read...

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Taught to Be Worthless

(1) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 4:45 PM

We often blame the troubles of the developing world on factors like absence of rule of law, perfidious authorities that look the other way, or continued cycles of poverty. It's easy to sum up the problem from a Western view -- if we had more, things would be better.

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