Malala Yousafzai -- the 15-year-old Pakistani girl militants tried to assassinate -- is the first signatory of a new worldwide petition launched today after terrorists, hell-bent on preventing girls being educated, murdered 14 students at an all girls' college in Pakistan.
It shouldn't just be left to politicians and community organizations to tackle the world's problems -- businesses should help, too. Although individually lots of businesses do great things, collectively they could be far more powerful and do much more good.
The discussions to shape the post-2015 global development agenda offer a real opportunity to drive lasting change for women's rights and equality. A strong global goal can push our societies to the tipping point of rejecting violence and discrimination against women and girls and unleash the potential of half the population for a more peaceful, just and prosperous world and a sustainable planet.
When we have new generations who didn't watch their friends die horrific deaths from AIDS now dismissing condom use as "political correctness," and serious writers claiming that "hedonism" is what drives reckless sexual behavior, it's time for a reality check.
I recently had the pleasure of attending the 2013 Young Entrepreneur Showcase. I had the chance catch up with one of the world's leading youth entrepreneurship teachers, Maria Jimenez, who helped bring these students through this exciting program.
There is no need more basic than food, and there is no legislation with a bigger impact on our nation's nutrition than the Farm Bill.
I think we owe it to them, to survivors of violence -- really, to ourselves and our country -- to make it easier to breathe knowing that we can justifiably expect safety, resources and the right to live freely and independently. Everyone deserves that much.
On the outskirts of North Braddock, there sits an abandoned 1900s Lutheran church. Braddock Tiles aims to build an artisan micro-factory inside the church's walls to manufacture 20,000 honeycomb-shaped tiles that will restore the church's arches with a cacophony of candy-colored inlays.
On the most difficult stretches, I could feel the breath from every one of the men carrying me. Which made me wonder: if my body was tired, what did their bodies feel like? How did they have the capacity, the energy, the drive to continue to lift my chair over and over again?
Drug war supporters think Americans might tear apart the fabric of society if we were legally allowed to consume whatever plants or chemicals we chose. This is not based in fact.
People do not thrive without the support of a community so, in my view, if the hope is that people prosper, find happiness and feel that all important sense of satisfaction and belonging, then we have to maintain the fabric of community and not let it become threadbare.
You ultimately must do what you feel is best for your body, your soul, your mind, your conscience. For me, veganism is an extension of my activism and life of public service helping others to be self-empowered and self-aware.
For too long we've exclusively emphasized punishment for non-violent offenders over treatment and rehabilitation. The current system is unbalanced, unsustainable, and unnecessarily cruel. It's time to legalize or at the very least, decriminalize all drugs.
Fashion goes beyond glossy magazine pages; if used well, it introduces girls to policy issues, entrepreneurship, and science - some key skills for the modern female pioneer.
Abuse, poverty, and violence can feel like insurmountable obstacles in our communities. Focusing our attention on the professionals on the front lines can increase their capacity to help the children affected by trauma.
Skyrocketing costs have put postsecondary education out of reach for many people, which threatens to exacerbate America's already vast economic divide. Congress must act to ensure that runaway costs don't rob them of their dreams.
As journalists, it's critical we stand vigilant on the freedoms we have as we remember those whose sons and daughters, mothers and fathers have forever sacrificed loved ones to keep freedom of speech alive and well for all of us.
When was the last time you heard someone use that old aphorism, "The perfect is the enemy of the good"? On its face, this sounds like sage advice. At the same time, I think there is a danger in this approach.